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The Aussie Legend Our Cricket Selectors Have Forgotten About

Australia is going great at the Cricket World Cup, but does anyone think we've found our best XI yet?

Nope, us either. And with Australia playing England on Tuesday, it's high time we put our best team on the field.

Especially in the fast bowling department, it's not yet clear who our best options are, after Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

Are our selectors Starc raving mad? (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Spin bowling is an issue too. Adam Zampa has been played in four of Australia's six matches to date, and has performed reasonably, without being super impressive.

Zampa's figures? Five wickets at an average of 47.2 (runs per wicket) with an economy rate of 7.15 (runs per over). Not exactly world-beating.

Oh, but wait. There's another guy in Australia's squad who might just make a difference. You might have heard of him. His name is Nathan Lyon and he's only, y'know, Australia's GREATEST TEST OFF-SPINNER OF ALL TIME.

"Hey, I just remembered we've got Gary in our squad!" Dave Warner may or may not be saying. Image: Getty.

Yes, the man nicknamed "Garry" or simply "GOAT" (an acronym of greatest of all time) must be itching to rip his fingers across the ball in England.

Anyone who's seen Lyon in Test cricket in the last few years knows how good he is, and anyone who's seen him in the Big Bash for the Sydney Sixers would know the same.

Lyon has only played 25 One Day Internationals, so it's fair to say he hasn't cemented his reputation in this form of the game yet.

But the bloke is quality. And quality performers tend to perform when it matters.

Get this bloke off the esky and into the action. (Photo by Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

He's also the only member of the squad yet to play a game at CWC 2019. Is he there to carry the esky? We think not.

Two days ago, Australia's 1987 World Cup-winning skipper Allan Border said it was time to pick Lyon.

Former Aussie speedster Ryan Harris echoed those thoughts on radio on Tuesday morning, saying he'd love to see Australia's greatest off-spinner get a run, especially in the game on Tuesday. Hear, hear.

Pick him, selectors, we dare ya.

Please. And thank you.