Heat on Lynn after smashing knock
Big Bash blaster Chris Lynn says he still has loads of room for improvement after blowing out the cobwebs of Indian Premier League inactivity with an incredible display of power hitting last weekend.
Playing in a Queensland Premier Cricket T20 match for Toombul on Sunday, Lynn smashed 20 sixes in his innings of 154 off only 55 balls against the Sunshine Coast.
It was a long awaited return to the crease for Lynn, who didn’t play a single match for the Mumbai Indians in their recent successful IPL title defence.
He then had to endure two weeks of hotel quarantine on his return to Australia in which he “watched every Netflix series you could imagine”.
Despite his stunning effort last weekend, the 30-year-old Brisbane Heat captain said still had “plenty of room” for improvement.
“Just getting that muscle memory back having not played for a couple of months now, it was important to try to get back into the routine as quickly as possible,” Lynn said.
“It was all about going out there relaxing and doing what I know works.
“From a personal point of view, it’s nice to get some runs … but I still think I’ve got plenty of room for improvement.”
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Lynn admitted it was tough not play at all for Mumbai during their latest IPL triumph, which finished with a five-wicket win over the Delhi Capitals in the November 10 final in Dubai.
“I would have loved to have played but I think that’s the downside of a winning team – you don’t fix what isn’t broken and at the end of the day, we’ve come home with the trophy so you’d take that any day of the week,” he said.
“For me it was all about keeping my body nice and strong … keep ticking along there and not being shocked when I was coming back to Brisbane for training.”
Mumbai’s championship-winning ways are what Heat captain Lynn wants to replicate with Brisbane when the BBL season starts next Thursday in Canberra.
The Heat haven’t won a BBL title since 2013 and have missed the finals in their past three campaigns.
Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn is primed for the BBL season. Picture: Liam KidstonSource:News Corp Australia
“I want to do the Brisbane Heat proud, and the fans, because the last couple of years have been quite lean,” Lynn said.
“The only thing you gain from losses is experience. I think we’ve got enough experience now, so it’s time to turn the tables and get a couple of wins.”
Lynn said the experience of captaining the Heat last season would also prove invaluable when Brisbane start their campaign on Friday week against the Melbourne Stars.
“Last year I made a few decisions on heightened emotions,” he said.
“(You) just want to take a step back and make sure you take a couple of deep breaths before you make any decisions or point the finger.
“I’ve got to do a lot of finger pointing back at myself, being the leader of the team and one of the top-order batters. I want to be accountable for that and I want to take ownership of that.”
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