The skipper of the Brisbane Heat franchise in the KFC Big Bash League, Bren don McCullum feels that the recall of Chris Lynn to Australia’s ODI squad is premature and expressed his concern on the physical toll Lynn has been going through. He has been a surprise selection for this month’s five-match ODI series against England especially pipping past the likes of Glenn Maxwell to earn a berth in the 14 member squad.
McCullum personally felt that Lyon should have been shielded till the tri-nation T20I series in February also involving New Zealand and England.
“Personally, I would have liked to have seen him being kept until the T20s,” McCullum was quoted as saying by Channel 10.
“Then they can introduce him and get him back into the fold. But you’d never turn the opportunity to play for his country and I know ‘Lynny’ was very excited about it,” he further added. Lynn had himself laughed off at the suggestions of his selection for the ODI series but after getting the call-up he expressed his excitement.
“I kind of wrote my chances of playing for Australia off this season, just due to the shoulder recon, so to get the call-up again is very exciting,” said Lynn.”I know there’s a good opportunity there to really cement a spot and there’s an opportunity there for me to be a long-term player in the green and gold.”
However, the national selectors are confident of the fact that Lynn can handle the nuances of international cricket despite his prolonged shoulder injury.
“Chris Lynn, who is now back playing once more after the shoulder injury that hampered him when we picked him against Pakistan in this format 12 months ago,” chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said in announcing the squad.
“He has been one of the most feared players at domestic level in limited-overs cricket in the past couple of years and we want to see if he can convert that domestic form to the international stage,” Johns further added.
It remains to be seen whether the Australian team manages to shield Lynn in the field just like the way McCullum did for the Brisbane Heat.
“Unfortunately at the moment, he does have his limitations from a body point of view. It’s just a matter of looking after him and protecting him in the field. He’ll win you games with the bat,” McCullum said.
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