Lancashire County Cricket Club have announced the signing of Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon for the 2024 season.

Three-time Ashes winner, Lyon is Australia’s record holder for the most test wickets for a finger spinner with 496 wickets in 122 games. The Aussie great is fourth highest wicket taker for a spin bowler and sits eighth all time in wickets taken. 

Lyon has had success in England before with 59 wickets in 16 games at an average of 29.61. The off  spinner did have ahead a brief spell in county cricket with Worcestershire in 2017.

The 36-year-old was having a brilliant start to the Ashes series this summer with eight wickets in the opening test match and five in the World Test Championship final helping the Aussies win the World Test championship. However, an unfortunate injury in the second Ashes test match cut short his summer.

Lancashire are still looking for a head coach after the departure of Glenn Chapple.

Lyon, who recently criticised ‘bazball’ and English cricket, told the club website: “This is an exciting opportunity for me, and I am really looking forward to heading over to England for a full season of county cricket with Lancashire.

“I love playing cricket in England. I’m keen to keep learning, keep improving my game and hopefully I can contribute to winning matches for the Red Rose and pass on some of the experiences that I have gained over the years.”

Mark Chilton, Lancashire’s director of cricket performance, said: “Nathan is an extremely skilled and experienced operator and, once we heard that he was available for the duration of next summer, we jumped at the opportunity to add him to our squad for the 2024 season.

“His bowling record in both international and domestic cricket speaks for itself, and we believe that he will be an important player for us with the ball as we look to achieve our goals in all competitions.”