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Chris Lynn (AFP Photo)

Hard-hitting Australian batsman Chris Lynn has been unable to replicate his domestic exploits at the international level.

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Lynn, having recovered from a niggling shoulder injury, returned to Australia’s T20I and ODI squads in October. In four T20Is in the UAE – one against the hosts and three versus Pakistan – he managed poor returns of 20, 14, 7 and 15. In the ODIs against South Africa, Lynn made 15, 44 and a first-ball duck followed by 14 in the one-off T20I.

Against India recently, the 28-year-old made 37, 13 and 13 in three T20Is.

Despite that, Lynn was on Monday appointed to lead Brisbane Heat in the upcoming Big Bash League that gets underway from December 19.

To rediscover his lost form, Lynn has received a timely advice from Australia coach Justin Langer to watch his best innings. While he surely won’t scour through his international knocks, he is bound to revisit the 98 off 49 deliveries he blasted against Perth Scorchers in January 2017 while belting 11 sixes as well. With his Brisbane teammate Brendon McCullum (50 not out off 31), he stitched an unbeaten 148 runs in a nine-wicket win.

“Having not scored as many runs as I would have liked (for Australia) they are not the better games I would look back at,” Lynn told Cricket.com.au. “Justin Langer got us to look at the best game we have ever played to get us in that mindset which I think is a good thing and I will be doing that before the Big Bash.”

“That (98) with Baz (McCullum) was one of the better games of cricket I have had, not just because I did well. I just had so much fun out there. It brought back good memories of why I played the game in the first place.”

Lynn has played 4 ODIs and 18 T20Is so far and is hopeful a return to form will help him in retaining his place in Australia’s limited-overs squads and hopefully, he’ll make the flight to ICC World Cup as well.

“Justin Langer always said don’t give the selectors a reason not to pick you. And any time you get to play whether it is for the Heat or Queensland Bulls, it is an opportunity to put your hand up (for Australia). So if I score plenty of runs it is out of my hands,” he said.