Chris Lynn, who has played four ODIs, has scored just 75 runs at an average of 18.75. @ Twitter
Chris Lynn, who has played four ODIs, has scored just 75 runs at an average of 18.75. @ Twitter

He might be a flashy Twenty20 entertainer, but in the ODI arena, Chris Lynn’s stakes are not that great and he’s not surprised about his absence from Australia’s ODI line-up that was announced last week to face India in the three-match series that will get underway on January 12. (ALSO READ: Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle recalled to revamped Australia ODI squad)

Lynn, who has played just four ODIs, has scored 75 runs at an average of 18.75. He last played against South Africa in Hobart where he failed to trouble the scorers. “I didn’t put the runs on the board and, look, there’s plenty of other guys out there scoring runs,” Lynn told Macquarie Radio on Sunday.

“I never get too far ahead of myself (and) the main thing is I’m having fun playing cricket for the Brisbane Heat. Playing for Australia is a bonus. I’ll never get too disappointed – obviously you get a little disappointed if you’re dropped – but I have no expectation that I’m locked in for that side, because I didn’t put the runs on the board.

“I knew it was going to be 50-50 and it is what it is. I really enjoy my cricket for the Heat so I’m ok with it.”

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Ironically, Lynn smashed 33 from 34 balls to top score as the Heat thrashed Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League 2018-19 (BBL) five wickets a day after the ODI squad was announced. The match also marked the return of Cameron Bancroft, among the three involved in the ball-tampering scandal.

“(Bancroft) played a couple of balls and Jimmy [James Pattinson] was into him: ‘Mate you had nine months to get that front pad out of the way’ and stuff like that. It was good banter,” Lynn said.

“‘Bangers’ is a good kid, one of the hardest trainers I’ve ever seen so he’s going to come back really strong, but I still think there’s going to be a couple of guys ahead of him (for a national call-up).”

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Lynn reckons Bancroft has a long way to go before he can don the canary yellow colours. “There’s two blokes in our side in Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns who deserve a chance at the next level again,” Lynn said.

“I know JL (Australia coach Justin Langer) is a big fan of ‘Bangers’ so he’s going to be – I won’t say gifted a spot – but be more in favour. But hopefully the two Queensland boys can get it done because they’re two quality players.”

Meanwhile, Lynn reckons Renshaw can be fielded in all the three formats. “He’s the type of bloke that doesn’t always come to an optional training session, but that’s because he knows his game inside out, he’s happy to take on the spin like you have to,” Lynn said.

“He’s a little smart arse, but I think that works for him. He puffs his chest out, he gives a lot of stick out, but he cops it too, and is happy to move forward with it.

“I think he’s got to play Test cricket. I think he’s the best batsman in Australia in the longer format of the game, and down the track I think he can play all formats for Australia.”