Shuddering injury could cost Lynn $2m
CHRIS Lynn took what could become a $2 million tumble on Wednesday night as New Zealand became his land of the long, black cloud.
Lynn left Eden Park in agony with a dislocated shoulder after breaking his summer long "no dive'' edict against New Zealand in the T20 tri-series final.
Australia (3-121 off 14.1), courtesy of a fine collective bowling effort spearhead by Ashton Agar (3-27), won by a rain-marred match by 19 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method after a reckless New Zealand managed just 9-150. But Lynn's injury cast a pall over the night.
Australian physiotherapist Alex Kontouris said x-rays revealed no bone damage but Lynn will have further tests in Brisbane this week to resolve his future.
Lynn had abstained from diving for balls since returning from shoulder surgery with the Brisbane Heat and the message to be cautious was firmly reinforced by Australian team management as he was rushed into national colours.
But his competitive instinct over-rode his better judgment in the ninth over the of the New Zealand innings.
Chasing a ball worked through midwicket he tried to protect his left shoulder, which has had three operations, by reaching for the ball with his right hand.
The unnatural movement caused him to land awkwardly and the right shoulder popped out.
The shoulder, which has had one operation but was considered more sound than his left one, was immediately put back into place but, given his tortured history of shoulder injuries, his immediate future remains clouded.
Lynn was immediately ruled out of Pakistan T20 Super League in the United Arab Emirates which he was scheduled to join next week.
His greatest regret will be if he is not fit to fulfil his $1.8 million contract in April with the Kolkata Knight Riders who were contemplating making him captain.
"I'm disappointed to not go to the Pakistan Super League as planned, but I'll now focus on rehabilitation and working as hard as I can, with the hope to still take part in the Indian Premier League later this year,'' Lynn said.
IPL deals are not like rugby league or domestic cricket contracts where injured players are guaranteed their contract payments.
If Lynn lands in Kolkata but does not play a match he would receive half of his fee but if he is ruled out before the tournament he will not be paid anything.
Lynn fears no bowler in cricket like he fears injuries like last night's.
When asked several days ago whether he would feel confident dining again, he said: 'I don't know. I try not to think about it to be honest.
"It's something that's played on my mind for about four years. Let's go one step at a time - I want to dive, there's no doubt about that, I want to do well and contribute.
"But at the moment, I don't want to have another setback because I feel like I'm making good ground."
The injury was frustrating on so many levels for Lynn including the fact that he had managed scores of 44, 0, 31 and 18 for Australia without quite slamming down the barn-burning knock he is capable of.
LSpeaking on Lynn's injury, Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist, Alex Kountouris said:
"Chris dislocated his right shoulder after landing awkwardly on it when fielding the ball. His shoulder was able to be put back into place at the ground and he was consequently sent for X-Rays which revealed no major bone injury.
"At this stage Chris will not travel to the Pakistan Super League in Dubai. He will return to Brisbane to undergo further scans and assessment and from there we will have a better understanding of the ongoing management, along with the return to play timeframes."
Speaking on his injury, Lynn said: "I'm disappointed to not go to the Pakistan Super League as planned, but I'll now focus on rehabilitation and working as hard as I can, with the hope to still take part in the Indian Premier League later this year.