Lynn to miss ODIs, Maxwell back in the mix

Glenn Maxwell could receive an unexpected call-up to the n one-day side after Chris Lynn’s horror injury toll mounted.
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Lynn, the Big Bash batting brute, will miss the five-match series against England, beginning on Sunday at the MCG, because of a calf problem.

He hurt his calf while fielding for the Brisbane Heat on Friday night and was sent for scans on Saturday.

Cricket ‘s sports science manager Alex Kountouris said Lynn could miss up to four weeks, meaning he will be in a race against time to be fit for ‘s Twenty20 tri-series with England and New Zealand.

“Chris initially left the field against the Scorchers complaining of tightness in his calf. He reported increasing discomfort over the 24 hours that followed and the Heat’s medical staff made the decision to send him for a scan,” he said.

“That scan confirmed the injury, which is expected to prevent him from playing for three to four weeks. When Chris recovers, the expectation is that he will need to prove his fitness in match action before being considered again for international selection.”

The Queenslander had hoped to have his final BBL hit against the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba on Wednesday night.

Lynn became the first man to thrash 100 sixes in the BBL, when he crunched his way to 39 off 20 balls against the Scorchers.

He was a controversial selection in the 14-man ODI squad because he still cannot throw properly after shoulder surgery. His elevation came at the expense of Maxwell, with selection chairman Trevor Hohns pointing out the Melbourne Star had only averaged 22 in his past 20 matches.

Maxwell’s demotion prompted skipper Steve Smith to declare the Victorian needed to train smarter, eschewing flair in the nets for a more traditional technique. If Maxwell was overlooked for a second time, it would spark greater debate as to whether he was dropped for more reasons other than his batting.

Maxwell has admitted he has a personality that can “rub people up personally” but he has worked diligently to become a better long-form batsman. He is the leading run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield this season and was put on standby for the opening Ashes Test in November when Shaun Marsh was in doubt.

Heat captain Brendon McCullum said on Sunday night that Lynn, who has also had a hamstring issue, should not have been selected for the one-day series.

“Personally, I would have liked to have seen him being kept until the T20s,” McCullum told Channel 10.

“Then they can introduce him and get him back into the fold. But you’d never turn down the opportunity to play for his country and I know ‘Lynny’ was very excited about it.”

Lynn has played only the one ODI – against Pakistan last summer – with injury derailing his international ambitions.

A neck injury forced him out of the rest of the series against Pakistan, while more trouble in his left shoulder during the Indian Premier League meant he missed ‘s Champions Trophy campaign. He had surgery in July.

He missed the Heat’s opening BBL game this summer because of a sore hamstring.

Despite his fitness woes, the national selectors believe Lynn could be a match-winning weapon come next year’s ODI World Cup in England, where his power hitting would be ideally suited to the small local grounds.

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