Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has indicated that Chris Lynn’s exploits in the ongoing Indian Premier League would not guarantee him a place as an opener in the national team during the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
The hard-hitting Australia batsman, who plies his trade for Kolkata Knight Rider in the Indian Premier League, has been a revelation at the top of the order. Promoted as an opener for only the third time in his 87th T20 game, Lynn blew away Gujarat Lions in the season-opener for his team. The right-handed batsman hit a blistering 93 off just 41 deliveries as the Knight Riders chased down the 183-run target in the 15th over without losing a wicket. In his second game, he scored 32 against Mumbai Indians before missing the next 5 games due to a shoulder injury.
However, the long injury layoff did not affect his form as he made a blazing comeback, scoring 50 off just 22 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore before scoring 84 against Kings XI Punjab in a losing cause. So far, the 27-year old has scored 291 runs at an impressive average of 58.20 and a stunning strike-rate of 187.74. His form in the last edition of the Big Bash League was even more impressive, where he scored 309 runs in only 5 matches at an staggering average of over 154.
But despite Lynn’s impressive performances in recent months, Lehmann has hinted that the player is unlikely to open for Australia in the Champions Trophy. The former Australia player indicated that Australia are likely to open their innings with the tried and tested pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch.
“So you don’t want Warner to open? (Or) you don’t want Finch to open? 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),” cricket.com.au quoted Lehmann as saying.
In fact, Lehmann said that Lynn first needs to get selected in the playing XI and then they would take the call on his role in the team.
“First he’s (Lynn) got to get selected in the XI and then the captain will tell him where he’s going to bat. 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,” Lehmann added.
The Champions Trophy is starting from June 1 in England while Australia are set to start their campaign against New Zealand on June 2 in Edgbaston. Before that, the team from Down Under are scheduled to play warm-up matches against Sri Lanka (May 26) and Pakistan (May 29).