Boof urges Lynn to push for Test spot
AUSTRALIAN coach Darren Lehmann has urged entertainment machine Chris Lynn not to give up aspirations of playing Test cricket.
Lynn, 26, will be given an opportunity to explode in front of his home fans at the Gabba on Friday after his incredible Big Bash form made it impossible to leave him out of Australia’s 14-man oneday squad to face Pakistan.
However, there has been speculation that Lynn’s first class career is in serious jeopardy because of a chronic shoulder injury that requires regular treatment and injections.
There has even been talk that Lynn might look to abandon long-form cricket to make a financial killing in T20 leagues around the world.
It would be a tragedy if that were the case, particularly considering Lynn’s first class batting average of 44.39 – better than most of Australia’s recent Test debutants.
Lehmann yesterday made it clear he wanted Lynn to continue aiming for Test level and not restrict his natural talents.
“I’d hope he’d want to play all formats for Australia like every other player that’s playing domestic cricket,” Lehmann said.
“His challenge is to play really well in this series and start to play well in Shield again and away he goes.
“His one-day form and his longer (format) first class form is pretty good. So that’s high in the order.
“Obviously he’s exciting to watch. Everyone loves what he’s brought to the T20 format. Now the challenge for him is to do it in the one-day format – which we know he can.
“He’s had some injury concerns over the past but seems to be batting well and deserves his spot.”
Lynn seems certain to slot into the No.4 position vacated by the dropped George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja and Travis Head fighting for a place in the XI.
Lehmann said selectors would not be pressured by the BBL when making decisions over crowd-pullers like Lynn, Khawaja and Maxwell.
“The Australian cricket team is pretty important. If we lose you (media) normally get stuck into us,” Lehmann said.
“So you’ve got to pick the best side we possibly can. If they don’t play (and) if they can play BBL we’ll try and accommodate that, but at the end of the day we’ve got to pick the best team to play against a good Pakistani side.
“That’s the challenge.”