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Australia v India: Nathan Lyon, David Warner return for Canberra and Sydney matches

All Nathan Lyon wanted was the chance to show he deserves to be Australia's first-choice spinner in all three formats of the game.

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The fact his long-overdue recall to the one-day international arena comes on a ground he knows better than any is an incredible bonus.

Countless hot summer days in Canberra dreaming of representing his country at Manuka Oval will come to fruition in the 50-over clash with arch rivals India on Wednesday.

The former groundsman has also been included in Australia's Twenty20 squad for the three-game series against India.

The remaining two games of the best-of-five ODI series - which Australia have wrapped up 3-0 - are a chance to carry on that momentum and for players to put their hand up for the World T20 in March.


Lyon fits firmly in that category, where his attacking off-spin and experience from more than 50 Tests will hold him in good stead on the subcontinent.

It is strange then Lyon has played only eight ODIs, the most recent of those in the Middle East against Pakistan in October, 2014.

His one and only ODI in Australia was at the Adelaide Oval nearly four years ago.

"I've got an opportunity now, I've just got to perform," Lyon said. "I'm very grateful to the selectors giving me the opportunity, but I'm just looking forward to winning games of cricket for Australia."

So after becoming a regular in Australia's Test team, why has it taken so long for him to return to the shorter formats?

National selector Rod Marsh puts it down to not wanting Lyon to have to change what has worked for him.

"He's got such a wonderful record in Test cricket, we didn't want to jeopardise that in any way, shape or form," Marsh said.

"We certainly didn't want to play him in a few odd one-day games or an odd T20 here or there, and for him to start bowling flat and losing that terrific rhythm that he's now got.

"It is an audition for him re India, I guess."

Twenty20 is where Lyon first came to prominence with the Adelaide Strikers before making his Test debut in 2011.

His record this season with the Sydney Sixers has been just as good - seven wickets at 15.86 while conceding an economical seven runs an over.

Lyon spent four years on the ground staff at Manuka Oval while learning his trade with club side Wests/UC and the ACT Comets.

"To be able to come back and play cricket for Australia is going to be pretty special," Lyon said.

"I've got a good, close relationship with Manuka Oval.

"To have the chance to represent your country at a fond place, I'm excited and hopefully looking forward to a dream come true."

What role Lyon plays in the remaining two ODIs in this series remains to be seen.

Australia has used the part-time spin of Glenn Maxwell in the opening three games.

But with Manuka Oval and the SCG expected to offer more assistance to the slow bowlers, Lyon could well be crucial to containing the dangerous Indian batsmen.

"My bowling plans [don't change] too much, it's going to depend on the game situation," Lyon said.

"There's no such as a dead rubber ... so I dare say we're aiming for 5-0."

Vice-captain David Warner has also been recalled for the final two games of the series after taking time away for the birth of his second child.

Warner replaces Usman Khawaja, while Lyon comes in for Joel Paris.

WEDNESDAY: One-Day International: Australia v India at Manuka Oval, 2.20pm.