Chris Lynn hopes national T20 return is the start of much bigger things

Big hit: Chris Lynn has been in hot form for the Brisbane Heat in the BBL. Photo: Michael DodgeLike David Warner before him, Chris Lynn wants to leverage his success in the shortest form of the game and translate it to the longest, stressing once again his desire to eventually force his way into the Australian Test side.

While George Bailey may have been the hard-luck story of the squad to play India in three T20 internationals, Lynn was given the most deserved of opportunities after demolishing Big Bash attacks for the Brisbane Heat.

He made 378 runs in eight appearances, averaging 54 at a strike rate of 173 to become the hottest T20 bat in the country, at one stage whacking a powerless Ben Hilfenhaus for five sixes in an over.

His ball striking has been cleaner than Jordan Spieth and he wants to ensure he translates BBL domination into runs against the touring Indians, starting in Adelaide on Australia Day.

If selected, he will add to the pair of T20s for Australia he played back in January 2014 against England and try and punch his ticket for the World Twenty20 in India in March.

“It’s just good to be given an opportunity in the green and gold again,” said Lynn, who has enjoyed a season of good health after a few years racked by injury.

“Now it’s all about taking that opportunity. I’m in decent form so hopefully I can carry this momentum into these three games.

“I want to make up for lost time. I don’t think I’ve played a full season for the past three or four years. I’m just happy to be able to hit the ground running and stay on the park.”

Since he scored a century in just his second Sheffield Shield game at the age of 19, Lynn has set his sights on a baggy green. Injury deprived him of significant stretches of red-ball cricket but the door may have creaked open via T20.

The template may be Warner, who began life as a short-game slogger before grasping every chance thrown his way as he became one of the most dominant opening bats in Test cricket.

“Test cricket is number one, there’s no doubt about that. You get that question all the time… it will be for the rest of my career,” Lynn said.

“He [Warner] takes every opportunity he gets. Just because you score runs in one form of the game, it can still translate to another version.

“I’d love to [play Tests]. Maybe I’ve been pigeon-holed a little bit but that’s because I’ve played more T20 cricket. My body hasn’t allowed me to play as much red-ball cricket as I’d like the last couple of years. I’d love to play all three formats.”

The niggling doubt over Lynn is a perceived weakness against slow bowling, a point raised by Kevin Pietersen, who suggested he wouldn’t be convinced on Lynn until he is crushing spin on sub-continental decks.

But the 25-year-old Queenslander, despite confessing to a lack of experience in India, said he had plans and training regimes in place to ensure he was as prepared as possible to perform should he head to the World  Twenty20.

“I’ve been to India a couple of times. But I haven’t played a hell of a lot of cricket over there. If I get picked, we’ll find out, won’t we? I’ve got a game plan towards spin bowling that I’m comfortable with,” Lynn said. “And teams still bowl at least 10 overs of pace.”

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