BBL: Heat star Chris Lynn told to ‘enjoy his cricket’ without burden of captaincy

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Brisbane Heat star Chris Lynn is set for the new BBL season. Lachie Millard
Camera IconBrisbane Heat star Chris Lynn is set for the new BBL season. Lachie Millard Credit: News Corp Australia

Freed of the captaincy, Chris Lynn has one job to do for the Brisbane Heat this season – score runs.

Replaced as Brisbane skipper by Jimmy Peirson for the 2021-22 BBL campaign, the big-hitting Lynn has been urged to “enjoy his cricket” by Heat coach Wade Seccombe.

“Chris is just there to score runs for us,” Seccombe said.

“He’s obviously a leader, a senior player in our group, so we’ll draw on him for bits and pieces in that batting space particularly, but ultimately we just want him to go out there and play with freedom, and enjoy his cricket.

“If he does that, he’s going to perform.”

Lynn, 31, has been starved of cricket in recent months.

He wasn’t used by the Mumbai Indians in the IPL after the competition resumed in September.

Lynn then returned home to Queensland, where he spent two weeks in quarantine.

He has only had one innings in the Brisbane T20 competition and failed to make an impact.

However, he’s set to open for the Heat in its first match of the new season on Monday night against Sydney Thunder at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

“Lynny had success at the top of the order last year, so he’ll be at the top again,” Seccombe said.

Under then coach Darren Lehmann, the Heat finished fourth on the ladder, before falling just one game short of the final.

“The Heat had a very good season last year. At the back end of the season, they were really quite good with their focus and what they were achieving out on the paddock,” Seccombe said.

“There were so many good things from last year; we just want to keep that ticking along.

“We’re not re-inventing the game, we’re not re-inventing the process. The players are just going to be very adaptable in what we’re doing to get us possibly one or two more wins along the way than what they did last year.

“We’re not asking them to change too much.”

Originally published as BBL: Heat star Chris Lynn told to ‘enjoy his cricket’ without burden of captaincy

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