Monday, January 14, 2019

Big Bash League, Lynn is aware of what he needs to work

Discarded Chris Lynn targets spin with an eye on World Cup berthCurrently the leading run-getter of the BBL, Lynn hopes to keep performing.

Big Bash League, Lynn is aware of what he needs to work

Dumped from Australia’s ODI squad this month, Chris Lynn is hoping to mount a comeback ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup by improving his game against spin.

During the home ODIs against South Africa last year, Lynn made 15, 44 and a first-ball duck to lower his batting average to 18.75 after four career games. In this period, he has only faced 11 deliveries from opposition spinners but bolstered by an improved batting strike-rate against slow bowlers in the ongoing Big Bash League, Lynn is aware of what he needs to work on.

“Finchy [Aaron Finch] came out last week and said something about playing spin in the middle (overs) and that’s 100 per cent true,” said Lynn on Sunday after firing Brisbane Heat to a record 101-run win. “I know that. At the end of the day you can only select from prior performances, I didn’t put the runs on the board. They won (the first game) and I’m really happy they are winning, hopefully, they can win the series against India because that’d be an amazing bounce back from the Test series.”

Currently the leading run-getter of the BBL with 313 at 52.16, Lynn hoped to keep performing to boost his chances of a recall.

“I’ve just got to put the runs on the board,” said Lynn. “You look at JL (Justin Langer) who’s that old-school type coach and selector, (he says) you’ve just got to do it the hard way and bang down with plenty of runs. You look back 10 or 15 years, Matty Hayden, Martin Love had to score 1000-plus runs to even get a look in. That is a different format but I can only do what’s in front of me and that’s the Big Bash.”

Lynn was dropped for the ODIs against India, and in the first game, the two replacement batsmen in Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb hit the fifties to set up Australia’s 34-run win. He acknowledged their skills in the format and was confident of Australia’s chances of retaining their World Cup title.

“You look at that lineup and there’s power up and down the list,” said Lynn. “Petey and Ozzie are the guys with the least power, but they still clear the fence and have so much time when they bat. There’s an elegance to that line-up and there’s also that brute power with (Glenn) Maxwell and (Marcus) Stoinis to complement them. It’s a pretty good balance at the moment.

“It’s a good problem to have for Australian cricket with guys scoring runs. We haven’t had the success we would have liked over the last 12 months, but it is what it is and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can see things really building which is that end goal of the World Cup.”

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