Ahead of a jam-packed summer of International cricket coming up for Australia, hard-hitting top order batsman Chris Lynn is one of the in-form players in this year’s JLT One-Day Cup alongside New South Wales quick Sean Abbott who has also impressed with the ball.
After a pretty-ordinary showing in this year’s CPL (Caribbean Premier League) for the Trinbago Knight Riders, Chris Lynn flew back to Australia with plenty to prove ahead of the National team’s summer of cricket which kicks off in Perth on November 4th against the Proteas. In a star-studded Trinbago outfit featuring the likes of Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, Australia’s most exciting T20 batsman failed to deliver in what has to be said was a rather disappointing campaign for the 28-year-old. Lynn left the CPL early in order to start preparations for the upcoming JLT One-Day Cup for his side the Queensland Bulls back in Australia, he left the Caribbean with a bitter taste in his mouth after finishing the tournament with an average of just 13.44 from nine outings for the Knight Riders. At the end of the day, Trinbago managed to take out the 2018 CPL title without the Aussie batting sensation as the competition wound down for another season in the West Indies.
With the CPL well & truly behind him, Chris Lynn has moved on quickly and it certainly shows in his recent batting performances for Queensland out in the middle. Back on home soil, the Bulls biggest trump card in the tournament has produced some phenomenal stints at the crease already after punishing South Australia with an unbeaten century, and just recently adding another ton to his List A record against New South Wales in another dominant batting display. He wasn’t given the nickname “Lynnsanity” for just any old reason, the amount of power this man generates off his own willow is ridiculous. The Queensland skipper got off to a rough start in the 2018 JLT Cup after he wasn’t able to register a score against the Victorians thanks to a handy piece of fielding from Aussie teammate Glenn Maxwell. As a result of that, the Bulls lost the match despite a valiant effort from tail-end batsman Mitchell Swepson who managed to score 77 at No. 9. Lynn’s poor start to the competition was about to take a turn for the better though, a whole lot better.
Registering his first significant score in Townsville against Tasmania, a 65-ball 70 kick-started the Queenslander’s campaign as he struck four trademark-sixes to ease him back into action. Despite his efforts at the crease, the Bulls went down to the Tigers in their second-consecutive loss of the tournament as they began to sink further down the points table. The Bulls skipper finally got his team on the board as they destroyed a helpless South Australia who were thumped into submission with the ball. Chasing down the Redbacks target of 281 in just 35.3 overs, Queensland opener Max Bryant recorded the fastest Australian fifty in domestic one-day cricket, while Lynn’s unbeaten century featuring 8 fours and 8 sixes played a significant part in their victory also. Unfortunately they weren’t able to keep up the winning momentum after they were on the end of a D’Arcy Short hitting spectacle as the Western Australian No. 3 recorded the highest ever individual score in Australian domestic one-day cricket. In what was a formidable run chase ahead of them, the Bulls fell short as Lynn notched up another brisk half century in a losing cause.
The 28 year-old’s most recent knock could potentially see him raise some eyebrows at the CA selection table ahead of Australia’s summer of cricket in the ODI’s and T20I’s against South Africa and India in November & January. A brilliant batting performance at the crease saw Lynn dominate yet again with a stellar 135 off 113 deliveries as he latched onto the in-form bowler of the completion Sean Abbott who couldn’t dismantle the Queensland captain. His innings consisted of 14 fours and 7 sixes in what should’ve been a match-winning knock for the Bulls, but instead it was just another consolation prize as Blues batting-duo Moises Henriques and 18-year-old Jack Edwards both notched up centuries to give New South Wales the win. The Bulls find themselves in a bit of a pickle sitting at the bottom of the standings in this year’s JLT Cup, but Chris Lynn has been simply superb with the bat averaging 92.25 for the tournament which includes two fifties and two centuries.
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