Chris Lynn has been ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka with a neck injury, Cricket Australia confirmed on Thursday (February 9). Ben Dunk will replace the flamboyant batsman.
Lynn was ruled out of the five-match One-Day International series against Pakistan due to the same injury and aggravated it during the training session last week.
“Chris resumed some light training as part of his rehabilitation but was still unable to function at the level he needs to play international cricket due to his existing neck injury,” Kevin Sims, the physiotherapist, said. “Chris will be seeing a specialist later this week and from there we will have a better understanding of the ongoing management, along with the return to play timeframes.”
Trevor Hohns, the interim national selector, acknowledged he was excited to see Dunk being included in the squad. “It’s unfortunate that Chris is not fit to participate in this series, but we are excited at the prospects Ben will bring to the squad,” he pointed out. “Ben was the highest run scorer for the Big Bash in the season just gone, amassing a total of 364 runs in just 222 balls faced and currently sits on an average of 52. He has had consistent performances in the BBL, IPL and CPL and also brings international experience to the squad.”
Teams play their first match in Melbourne on February 15 before heading to Geelong and Adelaide for the remaining two games. (Courtesy Cricbuzz)