Nathan Lyon says ball-tampering banned trio would be welcomed back

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Having been included for Australia's ODI series tour of England this summer, off-spinner Nathan Lyon believes the banned trio of Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft should be welcomed back once their suspensions are over.

Captain Smith and vice-captain Warner were both banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia in their part in the ball-tampering scandal during March's Test series of South Africa, while Bancroft, who was caught in the act of tampering, is serving a nine-month ban.

However, Lyon wouldn't have any issues with the three players representing their country again, should they be allowed to, and should they want to return to the international fold. 

"If the guys want to come back, and I'm sure without a doubt they want to come back, I've got no dramas with three of them coming back," Lyon said.

"They have copped their consequences and their sanctions, and they are all really good mates of mine, so they are more than welcome to come back.

"I've been catching up with David (Warner) and Smithy (Steve Smith) over the weekend, so it's all good."

The one-day series tour of England will be a repeat series of the one that England won following an Ashes Test series that was dominated by the hosts Down Under last winter. 

And the 30-year-old expects verbal stick from the home crowd, but feels he and his teammates must rise above the atmosphere. 

“I’‘ve never played in England where they haven’t given it to us,” Lyon admitted.

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“There’s no point taking some tissues out with us, we’ve just got to stand out there and cop it."

An ever-present in the Test set-up recently, Lyon, who has played in 13 ODI's, is keen to play all three forms of the game. 

He concluded: ”It’s a great opportunity for you to push your claims for the World Cup in 2019.

“It’s well documented I that I want to play in all three formats for Australia, that’s my goal.

“To get this opportunity and be included in the squad and to head over to England, where the World Cup is is being played that’s going to be a massive advantage."

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