Boof urges Lynn to push for Test spot

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport - BEN HORNE

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.”

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