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Australia batsman Chris Lynn acknowledged that he hasn’t lived up to expectations in the ongoing T20 tri-series, which also involves England and New Zealand, but he has backed himself to post a big score in the final on Wednesday.
Australia, who are unbeaten in the tournament after winning all four of their matches, are likely to face New Zealand in the final. However, should England demolish the Black Caps by a massive margin in Hamilton on Sunday, then there is a chance they could be squaring off with Australia in the final in Auckland.
In the four matches that Australia have played, Lynn has only mustered 93 runs at an average of 23.25.
“I haven’t exactly taken off in this series yet but the boys are playing shots around me,” Lynn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “I’m still getting starts, I’m not hitting the ball badly or anything but I think I can really pull something special on Wednesday night.
“I’m just happy playing in the green and gold. I say it time after time that it’s such a great environment to be around and I want to be a part of it moving forward. There’s plenty of opportunities there.”
Despite not being able to fire with the bat, Lynn is glad that he has stayed injury-free throughout the series. Coming into the competition, Lynn was recovering from shoulder and calf injuries.
“The body is feeling, touch wood, the best it has in a long time,” Lynn said. “That’s a good sign.
“These last four games that I’ve played, my confidence has gone through the roof with my physical preparation and intensity out on the field.
“The start of the series was a bit daunting for me, taking off for running and diving, whether I can dive or not. Now every game I’m getting less apprehensive and more confident.”
Meanwhile, if Australia face New Zealand in the final, Lynn pointed out that the Black Caps won’t be as confident as his side completed the highest successful chase in Twenty20 International history to beat them in Auckland on Friday.
“It’s hopefully taken a little bit of gas out of the Kiwi line-up,” the 27-year-old added. “They might be a little bit deflated about us chasing down that total.
“But we know they’re so skilful and classy that they’re going to bounce back. We’re going to have to be on our game … if we play them in the final.
“It’s Twenty20 – it takes one match-winning performance to win the game so that can come from anyone. You look at the line-ups – anyone can win the game with the bat or the ball.”