Lynn sure thing for Australia ODI team
THE Australia one-day international squad will be named after the New Year's Test against Pakistan.
And one name cannot be left off the list - Chris Lynn, the Brisbane Heat batsman who has been a smash hit in the Big Bash League.
His unbeaten 98 against the Perth Scorchers in just 49 balls has made impossible for selectors not to pick him.
While Lynn has never played an ODI match for Australia, his BBL records stand for themselves.
Against the Scorchers on Thursday night, the 26-year-old brought up his 26th sixth of the tournament - more than any other team combined.
His swashbuckling 98 not out followed scores of 29, 85 not out, 84 not out and 13, with a strike rate hovering just below 180.
Lynn was the player of the season in BBL05 and looks on track to go back-to-back.
He has an average of 21.55 in his five T20 internationals, the most recent against India at the SCG at the start of 2016.
While his average of 21.55 across those five matches is certainly inferior to his BBL exploits, his latest outings more than put his name in contention for the ODI squad.
He averages 44.39 in first-class cricket and knows how to find the middle of the bat. And with his shoulder injuries a thing of the past, Lynn has never been a safer pick.
Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen says the Melbourne Stars are panicking and unless they learn to relax their hopes of finally winning a Big Bash title will quickly fade.
The Stars enter tonight's derby against the Renegades at Etihad Stadium with one win and two losses after slipping to a shock last-ball defeat against bottom-placed Sydney Thunder on Wednesday night.
"We have to get some wins under the belt,” Pietersen said.
"I think we normally lose our first two, so we're at the same stage as we are every single season.
"But it's not a place we should be. We should've won the (derby), the rain messed around with us and lost us 11 runs.
"That put a bit of panic in and the team who panics first in T20 cricket loses.
"We need to put the panic away. If we keep panicking, we're not going to get anywhere this season.”