Lynn confident of making full recovery prior to Champions Trophy

“It is still five weeks away so I have plenty of time to put in the hard work”

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Australia batsman Chris Lynn is optimistic that he will be fully fit going into the Champions Trophy in England in June.

Lynn injured his left shoulder while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) two weeks ago and has been sidelined ever since.

With the Champions Trophy just five weeks away, Lynn reiterated he is confident that he will make a full recovery.

“It is still five weeks away so I have plenty of time to put in the hard work between now and then,” he said. “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.”

This is the third time in two years that Lynn has injured his left shoulder and while he acknowledged that he has to ensure the injury heals properly, he pointed out that it will not hinder his impressive ability to smash monster sixes.

“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.”

While Lynn made his presence felt in the 2016/17 Big Bash League (BBL), where he scored 309 runs in five matches at an average of 154.50, he has yet to do the same in international cricket.

With that in mind, Lynn is eager to shine at the Champions Trophy and cement his place in Australia’s ODI squad going forward.

“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.”

In his only ODI to date, Lynn batted at No.4, but the 27-year-old knows that he could bat at different positions during the Champions Trophy.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Lynn also admitted that he is against Cricket Australia’s plan to hold a BBL match on Christmas Day, which could happen as early as the 2017/18 edition of the tournament.

“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 added. “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.”

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