Chris Lynn

IPL 2018: Chris Lynn has a message for KKR fans

[caption id="attachment_63331" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Lynn Chris Lynn is confident about playing from the first game for Kolkata Knight Riders. File Pic[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: Australian cricket team’s destructive batsman Chris Lynn today said that he is on the track to be available from the first match of the Indian Premier League which is set to start from April 7.

In a bid to protect his troublesome left shoulder while fielding during Australia's T20 tri-series last month, the luckless Lynn dislocated his right shoulder when he landed awkwardly diving to stop a ball in the inner ring.

He was ruled out of a stint in the Pakistan Super League T20 tournament and set the goal of honouring his monster $1.85 million contract with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

Lynn has recently resumed throwing with his dominant left arm and after returning to light batting duties in the nets, he'll be right to take on fellow Queenslanders with IPL contracts Billy Stanlake (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Ben Cutting (Mumbai Indians) next week.

"It's tracking really nicely," Lynn told of his recovery. "It's a short turnaround with the timeframe that we've got but it's all going well.

"The docs and the physios are happy so that's all I can do. Fingers crossed I can keep going in the right direction and try to make myself available for the first game of the IPL.

"If not, it's not the end of the world but I'm doing everything I can to get back out there.

"I've had a bat during the week just on throwdowns, so I'll ramp it up next week against 'Cuttsy' and Billy Stanlake. If I can get through those two blokes, I'll know I'm going okay."

While a return to first-class cricket remains off the table for now (despite admitting some jealousy for the Queensland side involved in this week’s Sheffield Shield final), Lynn expressed a desire to play for the Bulls in next season’s domestic one-day competition for the first time in five years.

Lynn hasn't played an official 50-over match since his ODI debut in January last year and but was named in Australia's squad for the Champions Trophy later in 2017, as well as the Gillette ODI series against England this summer before a minor leg injury ruled him out.

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