Despite being 26 years, which although still young, could be considered on the more experienced scale of players, Chris Lynn is by far the most exciting batsman in the domestic game of Australia. His dominating, electric performances in the Big Bash League has lead to an almost cult like following of supporters that would pay top dollar to see him perform. In the Big Bash this year, Chris Lynn has scored 309 runs 5 innings at an average of 154 with a strike rate of 177. It cannot be brushed off as being a one season wonder, as last year, he was the overall leading run scorer in the competition with 378 runs at an average of 54 and a strike rate of 173. Both seasons, he has amassed more sixes than fours and has looked at such ease striking the ball with such power over the ropes, that he has seen comparisons made to Chris Gayle in terms of ball striking ability. His power and ability to hit a long ball was exemplified in a match earlier this season when he hit a 121 meter six off Shaun Tait out of the stadium at the Gabba against the Hobart Hurricanes. Lynn seemed almost emotionless at the fact that he had just hit one of the biggest sixes in cricketing history, but this is a testament to his character, he rarely shows his emotions on the field, and lets his bat do the talking for him.
Lynn made his One Day International debut last night against Pakistan at his home ground in Brisbane. He made 16 runs off 12 balls, including one six, which served us all a reminder of why he had made the team. One has to feel for Lynn in the situation that he was put in. Australia were 20 odd for 2, with their two star batsman David Warner and Steve Smith being dismissed cheaply within two balls. He said that the Australian team had told him to go out and play the way he has played in the lead up to getting selected, but this put him in the uncomfortable position of not being sure whether to attack or defend, with his instinct being to attack, but the team situation crying out for someone to build an innings. Lynn looked positive at the crease, and lit up the crowd for just the one delivery when he smacked Hasan Ali into the deep midwicket stand for a 97 meter six. Lynn’s dismissal came about from a rash shot-he skied an attempted long hit down the ground straight up into the air and was caught by the wicket keeper. Naturally, everyone viewing the game except Pakistan fans were incredibly disappointed and this is yet again a testament to Lynn’s reputation that he is one of the most exciting prospects in Australia, if not the world.
Overall, I, amongst many others, will be watching Chris Lynn with excitement and anticipation, and the first step to that is the second One dayer between Australia and Pakistan tomorrow night. There may be a suggestion to drop him down the order to number 5 or 6, and utilise him as a finisher, but I firmly believe that Lynn is so incredibly effective at the top of the order, that he needs to be in the top 4 to get the best out of him. This message should also go out to the selction committee at the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, who seem to believe that not only is Chris Lynn less worthy of a spot than a mediocre 45 year old spinner, but they also seem to think that his best batting position in a t20 is at 6 or 7. Lynn will establish himself as a Gayle type force in the IPL if utilised successfully, and perhaps a change of team might do him well-I’m sure the Kings XI Punjab could do with a batsman that can actually score some runs!
My prediction for Chris Lynn is that within the next 5 years, he will establish himself as not only a one day and t20 force amongst the top domestic teams and international teams, but he will also establish himself as a test player as well, with his first class average of 45 showing that he is definitely no slouch in the longer format of the game either.