Queensland batsman Chris Lynn finds backing to be a long-term opener in ODIs

Queensland batsman Chris Lynn finds backing to be a long-term opener in ODIs

While Lynn is a giant in the domestic T20 leagues all around the world, he hasn’t been able to replicate the same amount of monstrosity in international cricket.

Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australia’s batting struggles have been bleeding since the time the duo of Steve Smith and David Warner from the fourth Test of Australia’s tour of South Africa in March 2018. They have hardly performed as a complete batting unit with only one or two batsmen putting their hands up.

Along with their batsmen being short of confidence, the continuous changing and chopping of the batting line-up is one reason why their batsmen have failed to produce the goods in any format. The third and the deciding One-day international against South Africa on Sunday was a similar tale when Chris Lynn was pushed at the top of the order to open the innings with Aaron Finch and Travis Head was pushed to the fourth position. The plan hugely backfired as the hard-hitting batsman was dismissed in the very first ball of the innings, in pursuit of 321.

However, the Queenslander has found support from the skipper saying he will be backed as a long-time opener in ODIs and that the plan to attack from the get-go was had come from the coach Justin Langer and himself.

Finch said as quoted by Cricket.com.au, “We had a chat on Saturday night and went through it and both were excited about it. We thought it was a really attacking move to try and take South Africa head-on in the powerplay, something we hadn’t nailed in the previous games so far, and we wanted to fight fire with fire.”

“It didn’t pay off but that’s cricket. Some days it comes off and you get off to a flyer and that makes it down that line, a lot simpler. It was an attacking option to put Chris at the top and change him and Travis. I think to put a couple of guys up there who can take it on and get off to a bit of a flyer is an attacking move.”

Lynn, a colossal monster in the domestic circuit

While Lynn is a giant in the domestic T20 leagues all around the world, he hasn’t been able to replicate the same amount of monstrosity in international cricket. The Sunday’s ODI in the Bellerive Oval at Hobart was just his 4th ODI with a high score of 44 and Finch admits he will take time to settle along with finding his feet.

“He’s still relatively new to international cricket. He’s been around domestic cricket and the tournaments for a long time now but international cricket he’s still just probably taking time finding his feet a little bit.”

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