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Chris Lynn vows to continue power-hitting despite shoulder surgery

The 27-year-old Chris Lynn, who underwent a surgery last week after he had suffered a third serious injury in the last two years, admitted that the decision was taken to ensure his cricketing career is not abruptly cut short.

cricket Updated: Aug 06, 2017 13:49 IST
Chris Lynn is well known for his power hitting and he was an integral part of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2017.
Chris Lynn is well known for his power hitting and he was an integral part of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2017.(AFP)

Australian batsman Chris Lynn has warned opponents that the recent surgery on his left shoulder won’t deter him from playing aggressive knocks but has admitted that putting in dives in the field might become a rare sight.

The 27-year-old Queenslander, who underwent a surgery last week after he had suffered a third serious injury in the last two years, admitted that the decision was taken to ensure his cricketing career is not abruptly cut short.

“Longevity was why I took that option to have the operation,” Lynn told News Corp. “It’s a short-term loss for a long-term gain. They (career ending) are words you don’t want to hear but they are down that path. I’ve got to be more cautious and have more smarts about how I go about things. I am zero or 100 but there are times I have to reel it back and get another 10 years out of my career. We’ll see how smart I am in the next 12 months.

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Lynn had set the stage on fire at the Indian Premier League with a 41-ball 93 in the third match to help Kolkata Knight Riders chase down a mammoth target of 184 in just 14.5 overs. However, he hurt his shoulder during his side’s group game against the Mumbai Indians and had to sit out for a number of games.

He regained fitness to join the squad towards the latter end of the tournament but KKR crashed out in the qualifiers with Lynn having scores of just 4 and 6 against his name.

Lynn is, however, hopeful that he would be fit for the Big Bash League towards the end of the year. He had a grand season last year at the domestic tournament and would want to make a mark yet again in front of the home crowd; which had also earned him a spot in Australia’s Champions Trophy squad. The Brisbane Heat, as quoted by cricket.com.au, however state that the injury might sideline him for at least seven months.

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“I’d love to get back (for the BBL) and walk out in front of the Gabba again. It’s something I get really excited and nervous about as well,” Lynn added. “My fingers are crossed for the Big Bash. It has been frustrating but it was the right decision to get it done. I want to play through tournaments and hopefully make a mark and be fully fit for 12 months.”

“I want to put the shoulder injury to bed. I want to go back to enjoying my cricket and being pain-free. I have to change my dynamic slightly but I won’t be changing the way I bat. I need to be more cautious in the field. Running around on the boundary is not an option. I might have to stop a few with the boot,” he further added.