Chris Lynn is adamant he still has a place in Australia’s World Cup plans but concedes the new-look ODI batting order might have a better balance to it.
Australia’s revamped lineup made an ideal start in the series opener against India, claiming an upset 34-run victory at the SCG.
Alarmed by a record which included just three wins from their past 21 completed ODIs, national selectors recalled Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb in place of power-hitters Lynn and D’Arcy Short among six changes.
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Both made the most of their opportunity, scoring 59 and 73 respectively.
A destructive force in white-ball tournaments around the world, Lynn has managed just 75 runs from four career ODI innings.
Lynn’s 66 not out from 44 balls during Brisbane Heat’s thumping BBL win over Melbourne Renegades on Sunday was a reminder of his destructive talent, but the 28-year-old knows he hasn’t lived up to his potential in national colours.
“I think there’s a time and place for your (high) strike rates but you look at that lineup, there’s power all the way down the list,” he said.
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“Pete and Ussie are probably two guys with the least power but they still clear the fence and have so much time when they bat.
“There’s an elegance to that lineup, and then there’s also that brute power with (Glenn) Maxwell and (Marcus) Stoinis to complement them, so it’s a pretty good balance at the moment if you ask me.”
Australia won just two of 13 games in 2018, making their 15.38 per cent win record the lowest of all 18 teams with ODI status.
Skipper Aaron Finch identified the middle order’s performance against spin as a key driver for change to the batting order ahead of the World Cup.
“That’s 100 per cent true. I know that,” Lynn said.
“At the end of the day, you can only select from performances … they won yesterday and I’m really happy that they’re winning. Hopefully they can win the series against India because that’ll be an amazing bounce back from the Test series.
“I’ve just got to put the runs on the board. (Justin Langer) is that old-type coach and selector and you’ve just got to do it the hard way and bang down plenty of runs.”