DIVING and Sheffield Shield cricket are off the menu for Australian batting star Chris Lynn, but he still hasn’t given up hope of achieving his Test dream.
If fit, Lynn will play a key role in Australia’s World Cup title defence in England next year.
The 28-year-old has been cruelled by bad shoulder injuries in recent years, and knows he is just one fall away from potentially doing more serious damage. His most recent shoulder setback was in February this year, when he popped out his right shoulder while diving to stop a ball in a T20 match against New Zealand.
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In a bid to protect his fragile shoulders, Lynn has made the decision not to dive in the field anymore.
“It’s something not worth risking,” Lynn said.
“If the ball is touch and go, then I’m better off just letting it go for four or whatever it may be than potentially missing four to six months with a shoulder injury.
“I’ve been in that situation too many times now. Mentally it’s tiring. Obviously physically it is, but mentally it’s probably twice as hard.
“I don’t know how many times the shoulder can take it.
“I’m feeling in a good place now and I feel like I know my game well enough to get through that without diving.”
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Chris Lynn has a history of shoulder injuries.Source:Getty Images
Lynn will line up for Australia in the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa, starting in Perth on Sunday.
The powerful right-hander is one of the best short-form batsmen in world cricket, and he still harbours dreams of playing Test cricket. But he knows his chances are slim at best, especially considering he won’t be playing any Sheffield Shield cricket this summer in a bid to protect his body.
“If I do happen to score runs in these next three (ODI) games, then obviously I’d put my hand up for Test selection,” Lynn said. “But I think that’s a little bit out of the equation.”
Australia have lost 16 of their past 18 ODIs and were crushed 3-0 by Pakistan in the recent T20 series in the UAE.
Batting collapses have been a common theme for Australia in all formats this year, and Lynn said it was important for players to take calculated risks instead of being reckless.
“We saw over in the UAE we probably took too many risks,” Lynn said. “We want to play fearless cricket, not reckless, and I think there’s a massive difference there.
“So maybe put our egos aside a little bit and just bat. Spending time in the middle is the best way to do that.”
Originally published as ‘Not worth risking’: Injury-weary Lynn’s fielding admission
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