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Australia batsman Chris Lynn recently revealed that he had a desire to feature in Twenty20 competitions all over the world and become one of the best players in the format. However, he insisted that his top priority continues to be representing his country.
Lynn’s comments come after he smashed a 33-ball 44 in Australia’s victory over New Zealand in the opening game of the T20 tri-series, which also involves England.
Following the T20 tri-series, Lynn will play for the Lahore Qalanders in the Pakistan Super League. Once that tournament concludes, he will represent the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League after being bought for INR 9.6 crores at the auction last weekend.
Despite this, Lynn reiterated that nothing will trump playing for Australia.
“My number one priority, and always will be my number one priority, is playing for Australia,” Lynn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “It might just be in the shorter formats at this stage. Those T20 leagues are great and I’ll always put my hands up for them, but if they clash with Australian duties, I’m always going to play for Australia.
“Playing tonight is the best feeling in the world. It’s great fun, the changeroom is amazing, I’ve learnt from the best players and get to be a part of the Australian system.
“As a kid growing up, you want to be part of the Australian change room, I’ve said that will always be my No.1 priority.
“There’s World Cups around the corner, I want to be a strong part of them and basically it started tonight.”
Although Lynn earlier admitted that he doesn’t really have an interest in playing Test cricket, the 27-year-old made it clear that he hasn’t completely closed the door on playing in the longest format.
“If I was to play a four-day Sheffield Shield game, playing day one that’s fine, but there’s no way I could back up days two, three and four,” he said. “That’s the worst feeling in the world – putting your hand up to say you can play and then letting your teammates down when you only have 10 on the field. That’s what hurts the most.
“I’d rather just put it away for probably 12 months, but I definitely wouldn’t burn that bridge, still (want to) keep that door open.
“But it’s on hold for now. I just want to play some cricket. I was pretty hungry to play the 50-over stuff but even deep down inside I thought I would struggle to play this last campaign (the Gillette ODI series against England).
“This is a great platform to hit the ground running and I’ve got some good cricket moving ahead.”