CHRIS Lynn and Brendon McCullum put on a wild show against the Scorchers in Perth Thursday night.
Arguably two of the cleanest hitters of a cricket ball in the Big Bash League, Lynn and McCullum shredded the Perth attack to pieces with ease, leading the Brisbane Heat to a convincing victory in under 15 overs.
As wild as McCullum’s innings was, Chris Lynn’s was easily the highlight of the match. The Queensland power hitter blasted 11 sixes on his way to 98 not out and barely left enough runs for McCullum to rack up a half-century of his own.
At the conclusion of the game — which Lynn finished with another six over square-leg — Andrew Symonds posed a big question to the Channel Ten commentary team.
“Here’s the question, we’ve all seen what’s happened there, (there’s been) incredible hitting from Lynn, has he got himself in the Australian side for the one-dayers?” Symonds said.
“Yep, he’s captain,” Damien Fleming replied from the commentary box.
“He can do whatever he wants for Australia. Tell him what team he wants. I’d love to see him in the Australian colours because he’s just in such good form.
“The pitches won’t be that much different. He cannot be in any better form at the moment, which is unbelievable with his preparation, the shoulder injury. He played one club game and two practise matches and he is ripping this tournament apart.”
Lynn’s insane display was enough to push Brendon McCullum out of the spotlight and see the hashtag “#lynnsanity” trending on Twitter for the duration of the game.
A number of prominent Aussie stars tweeted their amazement at Lynn’s clean six-hitting.
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) January 5, 2017
This is actually ridiculous. Can I make it clear, hitting the ball like this so consistently is hard to fathom even for the pros #BBL06
— Ed Cowan (@eddiecowan) January 5, 2017
— Sean Abbott (@seanabbott77) January 5, 2017
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) January 5, 2017
McCullum played a rare support role early on in the Heat’s innings, poking singles around the ground in order to get six-machine Lynn on strike — but his mild-mannered approach didn’t last long. McCullum — who already has a close connection with his bats, naming them after racehorses — belted the attack for four fours and three sixes with his trusty piece of willow, but it soon came to an end. McCullum’s bat (named “the United States”) gave up on him midway through a shot and broke in two halfway up the blade — but even then the ball still had enough power to run to the fielder on the rope at deep mid-on.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 5, 2017
The Heat reached 1-174 in the 15th over, with 32 balls to spare. James Peirson and Brendon McCullum set the tone of the Heat’s innings, racing to 38 from the first three overs.
And Lynn continued the attack when David Willey knocked over Peirson’s stumps when the score was 26.
Lynn reached his 50 from just 27 balls, including one four and six sixes. In BBL06, he now has 309 runs from five innings at an extraordinary average of more than 154.
Willey wore the brunt of the Heat attack early, with figures of 0-30 from two overs in his last game before he joins the England one-day team.
He also caught Lynn on the boundary line when he was on just 35, but landed on the rope before he could throw it up in the air and regroup.
Ashton Agar, returning from duties with the national team, was the pick of the Scorchers’ bowlers, with 0-36 from 3.4 overs.
McCullum also had a couple of lives on his way to an unbeaten 50 from 31 balls.
Earlier, Scorchers batsman Mitch Marsh hit an entertaining 70 runs from 41 balls – his highest score of this campaign.
The Scorchers posted 6-173 from their 20 overs to set what should have been a competitive score in the top of the table clash.
Shaun Marsh managed a run-a-ball 32 after struggling earlier in his innings, while Ian Bell copped a rough decision when given out caught by Heat keeper Peirson in front of the wicket for 11 with the ball appearing to hit only pad. Heat leg spinner Mitch Swepson took that wicket and that of Shaun Marsh to finish with figures of 2-27 from four overs.
— with AAP
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