Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Chris Lynn.
Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Chris Lynn. RAFIQ MAQBOOL

Chris Lynn confident of returning for Champions Trophy

WHILE Aussie master blaster Chris Lynn is on the road to recovery from yet another shoulder injury, the Twenty20 superstar insists it won't stop his extraordinary six-hitting ways.

Just don't expect to see him do it on Christmas Day.

Lynn injured his shoulder two weeks ago while attempting to take an outfield catch for IPL franchise the Kolkata Knight Riders and has not played since, but the power hitter is confident he will be fit for the Champions Trophy.

"It is still five weeks away so I have plenty of time to put in the hard work between now and then," Lynn said from Kolkata.

"I'm working hard every day but I haven't set a day or anything to get back - it's more of a day-to-day thing.

"I just have to do whatever I can to obviously play in the competition. It will be my first Champions Trophy and to be playing for Australia is so special.

"I'm doing everything to be fully fit to contribute towards a few wins hopefully."

It is the third time Lynn has injured the same shoulder in two years and while he conceded he needs to diligently manage the injury, he was confident it will not hinder his six-hitting prowess.

"No - well I hope not otherwise I will have to give the game away," he said.

"I've also hurt it couple of times at training so I guess that is where I'm in more of a controlled environment and I can control it in terms of minimising the diving and the type of diving.

"In the game it is pretty hard to control it because the team is in a hard-fought battle and your natural instincts just take over, so in a game it is trickier.

"I need to be smarter about the way it operates and functions (because) at the moment it is obviously not as strong as it used to be."

Lynn was the player of the Big Bash for the second year running this season after amassing 308 runs from his five matches at average of 154.50 with a staggering strike rate of 177.58.

But the Big Bash's biggest basher says mooted plans for the summer competition to break the final scheduling taboo in Australian sport don't have his support.

Cricket Australia is considering staging a Big Bash match on Christmas Day, even as early as this summer as part of the Ashes festive season, but "Mr Big Bash" was of the opinion that it was a tradition that should be left alone.

"I'm going to say I'm not the biggest fan of the idea. Christmas Day is family day so I think everyone deserves to have that day off and spend it with the family and friends," he said.

"I'm all fine for (Test cricket on) Boxing Day but leave December 25th for the family and just kick it off again on Boxing Day.

"If teams are playing on Christmas Day then you're travelling the day before and logically for the players in the team to move around before Christmas Day is not ideal."

Lynn has been a prolific run-scorer in the T20 format all over the globe but he is yet to make an impression in the one-day format, a record he is desperate to change after being selected in the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy.

"It will be nice to really dominate the 50-over format as well and cement a spot in the Australian line-up," Lynn said.

"My form has been there but I just haven't played enough (one-day) cricket due to a couple of injuries. For me it was probably the lack of time spent in that 50-over format and having to develop that mindset.

"In T20 it is just about go, go and go while I guess I can take the foot of the gas a bit during ODI cricket and pick my time as well as decide when I want to turn it up a notch.

"I suppose that comes with game time so hopefully I get that opportunity over the next few weeks to do that."

Lynn anticipates he could have a flexible role in the batting line-up during the tournament, if he gets a run.

"To be honest I'm not sure (where I would bat). It could depend on the situation of the game," he said.

"Maybe if we're batting second and need to get push it along I might be used in different role, or if it's the last 15 overs of the game then (I can) come in and really have a go. It is an exciting time for me and I'm ready for whatever role I'm given.

"My first priority is to make sure I'm doing everything to be there with the team."

News Corp Australia


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