Lynn tees off over CA selection ‘cop out’

Batting sensation Chris Lynn has accused Cricket Australia of sending mixed messages to its stars, labelling chief selector Trevor Hohns' reason for his omission from the Twenty20 squad as a "cop out".

Lynn was overlooked for Australia's back-to-back three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, with Hohns critical that the Big Bash superstar wasn't "playing any cricket within Australia".

But that excuse doesn't wash with Lynn, who travels the world as a short-form specialist and lights up T20 leagues in India, the Caribbean and Canada as well as Australia.

"It was probably a little bit of a cop out, that, to be honest," Lynn told The Daily Telegraph at Kayo's summer of cricket launch event in Sydney on Tuesday.

 

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White-ball superstar Chris Lynn has hit Australian selectors for six over mixed messages. Picture: Brett Costello
White-ball superstar Chris Lynn has hit Australian selectors for six over mixed messages. Picture: Brett Costello

"I saw it coming but a phone call (from Hohns) wouldn't hurt.

"I felt communications has always lacked a little bit when teams are getting picked here and there are squads are getting named.

"If we could maybe be very clear in our communication then it's not an issue."

There's a feeling Lynn is on the nose with selectors following a frank discussion ahead of the 50-over World Cup where it is understood he prioritised his $1.86 million contract with IPL heavyweights the Kolkata Knight Riders over pushing for selection for Australia.

 

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Cricket Australia National Selector Trevor Hohns said Lynn was overlooked because he wasn’t playing cricket in Australia. Picture: AAP
Cricket Australia National Selector Trevor Hohns said Lynn was overlooked because he wasn’t playing cricket in Australia. Picture: AAP

Arguably the most explosive batsman in the country, Lynn insists he's as keen as ever to force his way into calculations for next year's T20 World Cup on home soil - an occasion he expects to be "pretty special".

And he doesn't believe there's any ill feeling between him and the selectors over his withdrawal from the 50-over tournament in England.

"I probably can't say too much but I had a bit of a chat with JL (Australia coach Justin Langer) and we just felt it would be better off sitting that one out," Lynn explained.

"There's certainly no hard feelings there at all and I want to play for Australia, trying to get to that Twenty20 World Cup.

"But at the end of the day if it doesn't happen I was an Australian cricket fan before I played for the Australian cricket team, then got the opportunity to play for the Australian cricket team and then I always will be (a fan) regardless."

 

Lynn's strategy of playing in multiple T20 competitions around the planet, while ignoring the domestic game outside of the BBL, has proven lucrative.

And it's a path also being trodden by impressive spinning all-rounder Chris Green, the Sydney Thunder star who is yet to crack the national team but is also hopeful of playing a role in next year's World Cup.

"There were mixed messages about playing around the world and then an article comes out with Greeny saying there's an opportunity through the pathway that he's choosing, which is similar to my (pathway)," Lynn added.

"I just hope there's not rules for one bloke and another set of rules for the next."

Australia opens their international summer with Sunday's T20 fixture against Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval.

 

Dan Christian (L) and Peter Siddle will captain the Prime Minster’s XI, which will feature Chris Lynn. Picture: Getty
Dan Christian (L) and Peter Siddle will captain the Prime Minster’s XI, which will feature Chris Lynn. Picture: Getty

Lynn, meanwhile, will get first crack at Sri Lanka - kick-starting his summer with the Prime Minister's XI at Manuka Oval on Thursday.

"Personally, I'd love to score runs. Any opportunity you get to bat out in the middle you try to do that, no matter where you are playing around the world," Lynn said.

"But I think we can really dampen the Sri Lankans early if we have a solid performance and a good win. We want to make it as tough for them as possible.

"Obviously that will help the Aussies - not that they need any help - but we can really set the tone for the Australian summer."

News Corp Australia


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