Travis Head has challenged Australia’s new-look top order to set the right platform for Chris Lynn’s destructive power-hitting in tomorrow’s one-dayer against Pakistan.
Fresh from his red-hot Big Bash League form with the Brisbane Heat, Lynn is considered a strong chance of making his ODI debut at the Gabba, his home ground.
Lynn is one of three new faces in the squad, alongside Usman Khawaja and Billy Stanlake, with George Bailey, Aaron Finch and Hilton Cartwright all dropped.
‘‘Lynny’s batting fantastic. He can clear the fence with ease, so if we can build a great platform and if he’s in that middle order, it’ll be scary what we can get,’’ Head said.
‘‘He’s been putting on a show in every game and he’s been fantastic. Given opportunity, I think he’ll go out and do the same thing.
‘‘He loves batting here and hopefully he can keep doing what he’s been doing for the last few weeks.’’
It is anticipated Head and Khawaja could play up the order, so Lynn — who has scored 309 runs in five BBL matches this summer — can come in later and attempt to replicate his T20 form with no pressure on his shoulders.
Head said Lynn was taking the extra attention since his BBL exploits in his stride.
‘‘He’s a pretty relaxed bloke,’’ he said. ‘‘He’ll take that all in but he backs himself really well, he backs his skills.
‘‘There’s no doubt he’ll go out and play the same way given an opportunity.’’
Meanwhile, South Australian Head said he was pleased with his own recent form for Australia, but was desperate to notch the big score that has so far eluded him.
He scored 52 and 57 against New Zealand in last month’s ODI series and was also one of Australia’s better performers on the ill-fated tour of South Africa last year.
But he is yet to score a century, despite several strong starts at international level.