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Australia batsman Chris Lynn has admitted that if he were to injure his shoulder again, it could bring the curtain down on his cricketing career.
Lynn has injured his left shoulder on three occasions in the last two years and recently underwent surgery to fix the problem.
“Longevity was why I took that option to have the operation. It’s a short-term loss for a long-term gain,” Lynn told Courier Mail. “They [career ending] are words you don’t want to hear but they are down that path. I’ve got to be more cautious and have more smarts about how I go about things.”
His latest shoulder injury led to him missing a month of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Champions Trophy, but even though he is currently on the road to recovery, he is determined to make his comeback at the Big Bash League (BBL), which gets underway on December 19.
However, given the time that his injury needs to heal, it is a possibility that Lynn may not represent the Brisbane Heat at all in the upcoming edition of the BBL.
“It has been frustrating but it was the right decision to get it done,” Lynn said. “I want to play through tournaments and hopefully make a mark and be fully fit for 12 months.
“I want to put the shoulder injury to bed. I want to go back to enjoying my cricket and being pain-free. I have to change my dynamic slightly but I won’t be changing the way I bat.
“I need to be more cautious in the field. Running around on the boundary is not an option. I might have to stop a few with the boot. I am zero or 100 but there are times I have to reel it back and get another 10 years out of my career. We’ll see how smart I am in the next 12 months.
“I’d love to get back [for the BBL] and walk out in front of the Gabba again. It’s something I get really excited and nervous about as well. My fingers are crossed for the Big Bash.”