Chris Lynn has big hopes for the summer. Picture. Phil Hillyard
Chris Lynn has big hopes for the summer. Picture. Phil Hillyard

Lynn’s ambitious Baggy Green plan

BIG Bash weapon Chris Lynn has thrown his hat in the ring for a shock Baggy Green initiation, but says Australia must first put their "egos aside" against South Africa.

Lynn will return to the one-day international arena in Sunday's 50-over series opener against South Africa in Perth.

It will be the Brisbane Heat star's second ODI appearance for Australia after debuting against Pakistan at the Gabba in January last year.

Lynn, 28, is back in the international arena after overcoming a spate of serious shoulder and neck injuries which threatened his career.

And he still harbours ambitions to play Test cricket for Australia, despite ruling himself out of Queensland's entire Sheffield Shield campaign this summer.

Spots in the Test team for upcoming series against India and Sri Lanka are up for grabs following Australia's recent failure against Pakistan and the ball-tampering suspensions of Steve Smith, Dave Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Chris Lynn is hoping to produce his best form against South Africa.. Picture. Phil Hillyard
Chris Lynn is hoping to produce his best form against South Africa.. Picture. Phil Hillyard

And Lynn is daring to dream despite not going near a red ball this summer.

"I won't be playing any Sheffield Shield this summer," he said.

"The body is getting better and getting through the JLT Cup was massive for my confidence.

"You've got to walk before you can run and I'm at that stage at the moment.

"I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, but if I happen to score runs in these three games then I'll put my hand up for Test selection.

"But I think that's a little bit out of the equation."

Lynn must first look at finally firing for Australia following his recent failures in the UAE.

He only managed scores of 20, 14, 7 and 15 in four T20 internationals (one against the UAE, three against Pakistan), ensuring he is still yet to reach 50 in 15 matches for Australia.

Australia lost all three T20 matches to Pakistan, mostly due to batting failures, and Lynn said they needed an attitude adjustment against the intimidating South Africans.

Lynn says Australia needs to play fearless cricket but not reckless cricket.. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Lynn says Australia needs to play fearless cricket but not reckless cricket.. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

"We saw in the UAE we probably took too many risks," he said.

"Maybe put our egos aside a little bit and just batting and spending time in the middle is the best way to do that.

"We played reckless cricket in the UAE. We want to play fearless cricket, not reckless, and there is a massive difference there.

"It's about going out there and trying to dominate but take calculated risks.

"We're not going to take a backward step. We're going to try and dominate the game."

Lynn, who is banned from diving in the field to protect his shoulders, is in the mix to secure a spot in next year's World Cup.

But with Australia having lost 16 of its past 18 completed ODIs, Lynn said it was premature to be thinking about the four-yearly tournament.

"We can't control what's happened in the past and it is a new playing group," he said.

"We're looking forward. The arrows are pointing in the right direction. We want to take the game on and play the Australian way.

"There's so much talk about the World Cup but it is seven months away and there is so much cricket to be played.

"We want to win this series and build a nice core group going into that World Cup.

"If we don't perform over the next couple of weeks this team won't be at the World Cup, it will be a fresh team."

The three-match series against South Africa moves to Adelaide on November 9 and finishes in Hobart on November 11.

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