Australia and Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn’s ODI summer and BBL campaign is over after he was ruled out for several weeks due to a neck injury.
The explosive right-hander is also expected miss the three-match ODI series in New Zealand, starting from January 30 in Auckland, but is aiming to make a return for the three T20 Internationals, beginning in Melbourne on February 17.
“He’s been playing through a lot of pain even during the BBL and he’s got to the stage where he can’t function anymore,” coach Darren Lehmann said in Perth today. “He’ll have a couple of weeks of no cricket … he’s got to calm down the neck because it’s quite aggravated.
“He’ll start his rehab now and he won’t be doing too much strenuous stuff before he hopefully gets back for the Sri Lankan series.”
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Lynn’s BBL summer has been quite a story after his scintillating performances launched him straight into the Australian ODI squad against Pakistan.
But his stay was short-lived after he damaged the bulging disk in his neck just two days after he made his ODI debut at the Gabba and was forced to return home for further assessment.
“The docs have come to the conclusion that I’ve got a bulging disc in my neck (and) it’s just pushing against the nerve,” Chris Lynn said last week, adding that he was “on some pretty good drugs” in order to lessen the pain.
“I’m trying not to think about it. The more you think about it, the more pain it gives you.”
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