‘He looks terrible’: Why Australia should dump $1.86m man
CHRIS Lynn is worth $1.86 million in the Indian Premier League, but former Australian cricketers Brendan Julian and Brad Hogg both believe he should not be in the national Twenty20 team.
At least not until he can prove his body capable of withstanding the rigours of cricket.
Lynn's ongoing battle with shoulder injuries took a twist on Wednesday. Having had three surgeries on his left shoulder in the past two years, the Queenslander dislocated his right shoulder diving for a ball at Eden Park.
It's an injury that has scuppered his plans to play in the Pakistan Super League and it left Australia a man down in the final.
Alongside his shoulder problems, Lynn has also has also endured calf complaints this summer which forced him out of Australia's one-day international series against England.
It's a checkered health record that has forced the 27-year-old to be hidden away in the field, with the right-hander unable to throw himself around without risking injury - case in point being Wednesday's injury.
Thanks to his prowess with the bat - his IPL contract is testament to the fact he is one of the most dominant T20 players in the world - Australia's selectors have been ready to overlook his injury-enforced limitations in the field.
But enough is enough, according to Hogg and Julian who said until his body is 100 per cent, Lynn should not be in the Australian team.
"There's no doubt he's frustrated, but I'm frustrated watching him," Julian said.
"You look at him in the field, he just looks awkward. He just looks terrible.
"Seriously, in a T20 game where you can't throw and you can't dive, what are you doing in the side?"
"I just don't see how they continue with Chris Lynn until he is fully fit, he's played a full Big Bash season," Hogg said.
"He's a fantastic player. You want him in the Australian set-up, but you can't play a player who is under an injury cloud and can't dive in the field"
Both Hogg and Julian believe sidelined captain Steve Smith is the man to replace Lynn in the XI.
"When they do play in that World Cup tournament in a year or two's time, Steve Smith will come in for Chris Lynn unless he fixes himself up from that injury," Hogg said.
Stand-in T20 captain David Warner was uncertain when asked whether he thought Lynn could manage a sustained run in longer-form cricket.
"That is something for him to assess with the medical staff, it is up to the individual at the end of the day," Warner said.
"You've seen it time and time again with people who have injuries at the wrong time, and if they keep getting the same injuries over and over again, they generally pull the pin on something.
"And with him, he is hungry and he is determined to keep coming back and performing. Every time he does come back, he performs. That's the great thing about Lynny."
Lynn's ongoing recovery from his shoulder reconstruction prompted him to pass up a state contract this summer with Queensland.
His attempts to protect his troublesome left shoulder might well have played a part in his latest setback.
"If you talk to him, he sort of says he tries to favour the other side because he is worried about that shoulder," Warner said.
"At the end of the day, he knows he has got to do his best and try and throw himself around to try and stop runs. So it was just a misfortune for him."