Australia star Chris Lynn has made it quite clear that he wants to ply his trade as a T20 specialist across the globe, thus ruling out the possibility of going for the famous baggy green of the Test team.
With an average of over 43, Lynn has enjoyed a good outing in first-class cricket, but his career towards the longest-format of the game has been in decline in the last two years. He had played just six Sheffield Shield matches in the past two years, and any chance of seeing him returning to red-ball cricket is looking bleak, as of now due to the spate of injuries he had suffered in recent times.
That Lynn is also not very keen on playing first-class games became very much clear when he declined a contract from Queensland Cricket for 2017-18. And instead of trying to force his way through to become a Test cricketer, Lynn is looking more than happy to become a T20 specialist. The hard-hitting batsman had plied his trade in India, the Caribbean and his native country over the past 18 months.
He has also managed to perform well in the leagues which helped him to earn a couple of lucrative deals. In October last year, he signed a five-year contract with Brisbane Heat worth over one million dollars and was recently re-signed by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping $1.86m.
The right-handed batsman is also set to turn up for Lahore Qalanders in the Pakistan Super League in February-March, and Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League in August-September.
“I want to play T20 cricket in Bangladesh, the Caribbean, India, Dubai, around the world,” Lynn told Triple M.
“Ever since my best mate Phil Hughes passed away, it’s, ‘What do you want out of life?”
“I ask myself that every day. Does it make be a better person if I’ve got that baggy green on the wall? That’s up to anyone’s opinion really.
“It doesn’t matter if you earn one million bucks, 500 bucks. My old man never earned over $100,000 annually when I was growing up, so what do you want out of life?
“I’m really comfortable with the decision I have made playing T20 cricket, and I get to see my family more, I get to see my mates more and to me, that’s more important,” he added.
The 27-year old, who had played just one ODI and five T20Is so far, further revealed the reason behind declining a contract from Queensland Cricket, saying he wanted the money to be spent on a youngster who was looking to play Test cricket.
“I actually gave that (contract) back to pursue T20 cricket,” Lynn said. “I still had two years on my contract, and they were going to keep it and just say, ‘No, we value your spot in one-day cricket’, which I was always going to play for the Bulls.”
“I said, ‘No, I’ll give it back. Use that money on a young kid coming through who desires to play Test match cricket’. A young bloke deserves that opportunity. He can train every day; I’m going to be overseas.”
Lynn is currently gearing up for the upcoming T20 tri-series involving England and New Zealand. The first match takes place at the SCG on Saturday between Australia and New Zealand.