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CT 2017: Darren Lehmann opts Aaron Finch over Chris Lynn

Australian head coach Darren Lehmann hails Chris Lynn as a excitement machine

By Rashmi Nanda -

Chris Lynn unlikely to open in Champions Trophy in England | Getty Images

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has suggested his side would most probably go with the well-settled and experienced openers David Warner and Aaron Finch ahead of swashbuckling opener Chris Lynn during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which is scheduled from June 1 in England.  

Despite his explosive, Lynn is not considered as an opener. Chris Lynn, who took the Big Bash League (BBL) by storm in December to January, as well as, he has continued with his destructive form in the ongoing tenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he has been playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, and scored 291 runs in the IPL 2017 at an average of 58.20 and a strike rate of 188 so far.

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According to reporters of cricket.com.au, Lehmann said, “First he’s got to get selected in the XI and then the captain will tell him where he’s going to bat. We’ve had discussions – I mean he’s an excitement machine, so we hope he pulls up well with his injuries and plays some cricket for us.”

On being asked why he preferring Warner and Finch over Lynn, the Aussie head coach said, “So you don’t want Warner to open? (Or) you don’t want Finch to open? We’ll sum up what we think the best XI is and then work out a batting order from there. The advantage is with England we know the wickets might do a little bit early, so we’ll have to work out what our best line-up is [with that in mind].”

Before beginning their Champions Trophy campaign against New Zealand on June 2 in Edgbaston, Steve Smith-led Australia are set to play warm-up matches against Sri Lanka (May 26) and Pakistan (May 29).