Chris Lynn also made his One-Day International (ODI) debut in January 2017 © Getty Images (File Photo)
Chris Lynn made his One-Day International (ODI) debut in January 2017 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Despite the explosive form of Australia‘s swash-buckling opener Chris Lynn in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Australia coach Darren Lehmann has suggested he would still opt for well-settled openers David Warner and Aaron Finch ahead of Lynn during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which gets underway in England from June 1. Lynn so far has 291 runs in the IPL 2017 at an average of 58.20 and a strike rate of 188. He also made his One-Day International (ODI) debut in January 2017. However, persistent injuries have prevented him from being a regular member in the squad. Lehmann dismisses rumors of Ashes 2017-18 boycott by AUS players

“First he’s got to get selected in the XI and then the captain will tell him where he’s going to bat. We’ve had discussions – I mean he’s an excitement machine, so we hope he pulls up well with his injuries and plays some cricket for us,” said Lehmann, as reported by cricket.com.au. On being asked why he was preferring Warner and Finch over Lynn, he said, “So you don’t want Warner to open? (Or) you don’t want Finch to open? We’ll sum up what we think the best XI is and then work out a batting order from there. The advantage is with England we know the wickets might do a little bit early, so we’ll have to work out what our best line-up is [with that in mind].”

Meanwhile, Lehmann also admitted on Thursday that a bitter pay dispute will be a distraction for Australia at June’s ICC Champions Trophy, but played down a boycott of 2017′s Ashes series, as reported by AFP.