Fearlessness for Lynn key to success
BRISBANE Heat captain Chris Lynn is now seen as a possibility to make the Australian squad for the T20 World Cup in India and he says fearlessness is part of his success in the short format.
The proud Queenslander's extraordinary 101 off just 51 balls in his team's 15-run defeat to Hobart on Tuesday night included seven sixes.
In his maiden BBL ton he passed 50 maximums in the tournament, and he has the most in its short history with 54 - the next nearest closest is Australian T20 star and Renegades captain Aaron Finch with 40.
Lynn is also leading this season's BBL run-scorers' list with 212 runs, the next-nearest being ahead of Perth Scorchers star and current BBL all-time leading run-maker Michael Klinger (162).
Surely if Lynn keeps up this form he will join Australian certainty Finch and possibly Klinger when Australia travels to India for the world T20 championship in March and April.
Lynn hit 150kmh speedster Shaun Tait for four sixes against the Hurricanes, outlining his ability to perform against world-class bowling.
He will need to inspire his last-placed team again versus the first-placed Sydney Thunder at the Gabba tomorrow night, to keep Brisbane's slim finals hopes alive.
Clearing his mind of any doubt when facing quality bowling has been the key to the 25-year-old's success.
"Taity was bowling quick, so there are two options - you can run away from it, or you can get in and have a real go," Lynn told APN.
"I'd rather get in and swing that big chunk of wood in my hands, because I'm out there to score runs at the end of the day, and it paid off.
"With Twenty20 cricket you've got to go out there and play your shots, and back your instincts."
Lynn desperately needs support from his misfiring top order against the Thunder, particularly from West Indian international Lendl Simmons.
Opener Simmons has been a disappointing marquee purchase so far, with scores of 29, 16 and two straight ducks.
The Thunder's attack includes in-form pacemen Andre Russell, Clint McKay and Jacques Kallis, but Lynn was careful not to single out anyone for the side's poor form.
"At the end of the day does it come down to preparation or does it come down to execution in the middle?" he said.
"No one can point fingers. The blokes have just got to have a look at themselves and how they perform, and give honest feedback.
"There's no beating around the bush because the reality is we're no wins from four now."