Lancashire have completed the signing of Australian international Nathan Lyon for the 2024 campaign.

A three-time Ashes winner and current ICC World Test champion, Lyon will be available for all competitions over the coming season.

The 36-year-old is the fourth-highest Test wicket taker as a spin bowler and currently sits eighth in the overall list.

He has taken more wickets than any other Australian finger spinner, with 496 dismissals in 122 matches, and has been named in the ICC Test Team of the Year on three occasions, most recently in 2022.

Lyon has claimed 733 wickets in 202 First Class appearances to date, also having success in the one-day formats.

He had a brief taste of the County Championship during the 2017 season, helping Worcestershire win the Division Two title.

“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,” he told the official club website.

“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 throughout my career.

“They have a strong squad at Lancashire and Emirates Old Trafford is a really great venue to play cricket at, so I am looking forward to that. It will also be great to catch up with Jimmy Anderson too.”

Director of cricket performance Mark Chilton added: “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.

“We have several young spin bowlers in our squad, and for them to have the opportunity to learn from and play alongside somebody with almost 500 Test match wickets will be invaluable in their development. I am sure Nathan will play an equally significant role off the pitch as he will on it.”