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Chris Lynn took the Big Bash League (BBL) by storm in December to January and has continued to showcase his destructive form with the bat at the Indian Premier League (IPL). But, will that be enough to see him open the batting for Australia at the Champions Trophy in England next month?
According to head coach Darren Lehmann, he doesn’t doubt Lynn’s abilities when it comes to wreaking havoc, but he admitted that he is leaning towards David Warner and Aaron Finch to form the opening partnership due to their experience of batting with each other.
Furthermore, Lynn has only played one ODI to date, which came against Pakistan in January, while Warner and Finch have featured in 93 and 79 ODIs respectively.
“So you don’t want Warner to open? (Or) you don’t want Finch to open?” Lehmann said when asked if Lynn would open the batting. “We’ll sum up what we think the best XI is and then work out a batting order from there.
“The advantage is with England we know the wickets might do a little bit early, so we’ll have to work out what our best line-up is (with that in mind).”
Lynn sustained another shoulder injury early on in the IPL, but he has since returned and gone on to represent the Kolkata Knight Riders in six games, where he has scored 291 runs, which includes three half-centuries, at an average of 58.20 and a strike-rate of 187.74.
Even though he has had a strong campaign in the star-studded tournament, Lehmann pointed out that the 27-year-old isn’t guaranteed a spot in the playing XI, especially as Australia have a number of players like Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Moises Henriques, who can all contribute with both the bat and ball.
“First he’s got to get selected in the XI and then the captain will tell him where he’s going to bat,” Lehmann said. “We’ve had discussions – I mean he’s an excitement machine, so we hope he pulls up well with his injuries and plays some cricket for us.”