From Big Bash to baggy green for Lynn
BIG-hitting Chris Lynn says he is good enough to play Test cricket - and it's short-form runs that would earn him a coveted baggy green cap.
The Queensland Bulls one day-captain has turned his back on Sheffield Shield to protect a chronically wonky shoulder, but the 28-year-old can see a radical route to a Test berth.
Before flying out for Australia's T20 series against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi on October 24, Lynn said he could forge the same path as a couple of other Australian five-day enforcers.
"If I am asked to play Test cricket I think it would be through the pathway of scoring bulk runs in one-dayers, not so much Sheffield Shield, which has been an option for someone like Aaron Finch and Dave Warner," Lynn told the Herald Sun.
"I think I'm good enough (to play Test cricket) but in saying that I haven't played Sheffield Shield for years and I know there's a pecking order and I've got to respect that, but I've got to get my body right, first and foremost.
"That's why I don't really like talking about it so much, because I believe I'm good enough but I've got to be realistic with things as well."
It's a move that has been backed by former Australian coach Darren Lehmann who said Lynn had the technique and first class record to make the leap as early as this summer.
England's T20 jet Jos Butler proved the switch was possible after making a Test century in August after being recalled to the five-day side after blistering Indian Premier League form.
Lynn's last Shield match was in March 2017 and he made 250 for the Bulls against Victoria in 2015.
He has since built a brilliant body of work - when his actual body has allowed him - in T20 and one-day formats.
Lynn was the highest scorer in the just completed JLT Cup one-day series with 452 at 75.33.
"The short format for Australia is what I'm aiming for at the moment and then hopefully just bang the door down with runs there," Lynn said.
He also had great success in the Indian Premier League on the back of a fresh batting outlook.
"I took a little bit more of a sensible approach, just because I wanted to be accountable for batting most of the overs and not leave it up to anyone else," Lynn said.
" … I can still grind an innings out and play responsibly when it's needed."
Lynn has had surgeries on his left shoulder and dislocated his right shoulder, which derailed his Aussie career in February.
He said he can't dive in the field but has worked on his pace and throwing to still be an asset
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