17/04/2024

Adelaide Strikers star batter Chris Lynn (Picture: Adelaide Strikers/Twitter)

Coming to the Adelaide Strikers after parting ways with the Brisbane Heat, star batter Chris Lynn has been a sensational pick-up for BBL|12. Scoring three consecutive half-centuries against the Renegades and Hurricanes, he will hope his strong form continues against his former side on Saturday.

Chris Lynn came to Adelaide as a Heat legend, a former captain and a foundation player for the club after bringing up his 3000th run milestone last season, while continuing to hold the record for the BBL career runs.

Prior to their game against the Heat, the Strikers have scored the most runs (1662) in BBL|12 and this is due to the performances from Lynn and opening batter Matt Short. From this total Lynn has scored 394 for Adelaide with four half-centuries scored in total this season.

Fronting the media ahead of the must-win match, Strikers captain Travis Head spoke in glowing terms about the star recruit and his decision to go to play in the UAE during the BBL campaign.

“It’s nice the match-up he’s got [against the Heat] isn’t it, I know he’s very keen to go again and to hopefully put on a nice performance,” Head laughed.

“He’s been unbelievable and I think he’s probably been the signing of the summer to be honest in the competition, for a guy who’s the highest run-scorer in the competition to date, for him to be without a home for most of the summer to find Adelaide, I think we’ve welcomed him with open arms.

“We were very open with what he wants to do personally as well and we encourage that.

“It’s his career and he wants to get what he wants out of it and he’s played 11 really fantastic games for us so [we were lucky to get the] leading run scorer of the tournament, leading run scorer of all-time [and] hopefully [he] goes out with a bang tomorrow and then we can re-sign him [for next season].”

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Currently in third on the BBL ladder, the Strikers will need to win a majority of their games to get into the finals this season. On the same amount of points are the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder, meaning the race for finals will be close this season.

Head speaks about the strength of the side and how much of a chance they will be to take home the silverware.

“I think we showed that last year [we have the potential to win the championship]. [I] think it was an important stage where Alex and myself were able to come back [last season] and boys got on a bit of a [run],” he said.

“I felt like we gave it a real good shake and a couple of key moments in Sydney [made it close]. I think we give it a red hot crack [from now onwards], it’s down to the next four games for us.

“It’s important for us to try and contribute as best as we can whether that be with bat or ball or in the field, [within] the group and in the environment. I feel like we’ve got the team [to win] and I think we’ve shown glimpses of that.

“T20 cricket’s an interesting game, it didn’t go our way [Thursday night] but in a couple of games time we chased down the most runs in history and we knocked over a team for the lowest ever in history.”

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