BULLS batsman Chris Lynn has had a few scares in recent months.
He has only just regained his fitness after a nasty blow where it hurts last December from a Doug Bollinger delivery.
Even upon returning from a relaxed fishing trip yesterday with Queensland teammates Ben Cutting, Nathan Reardon, Peter Forrest and Michael Neser, the young batsman recalled a fright while at idyllic town of 1770 in southern central Queensland.
"We caught a lot of fish, lots of mud crabs that I'll cook up, but we saw something big swimming against the tide - it could have been a big sea snake or a shark," Lynn said.
With the scares now aside, the 23-year-old can look forward to cashing in with the willow in the Sri Lankan Premier League, starting in late July.
Lynn only had the opportunity to play one game for the Kandurata Warriors in the last tournament, smashing 81 off 50 balls.
He couldn't play another game because his team's semi-final was washed out, but will get a better opportunity this time around in an all-star team.
Lynn will play alongside current and former internationals Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Saeed Ajmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Scott Styris and Thisara Perera.
"Playing alongside so many good players last year, I learnt not so much about good technique, but more how to go about different scenarios with the bat," he said.
And that helped him star for the Brisbane Heat, smashing two half centuries in his side's Big Bash League title-winning campaign.
Lynn said he felt sorry for Ben Cutting (groin) missing out on Australia's one-day team that will play in the Champions Trophy in England in June, with the all-rounder starring for the Heat and Bulls last summer.
But Lynn did say paceman Ryan Harris will bounce back from his Achilles setback and play a key part in Australia trying to win back the Ashes in England, starting in July.
"He's someone that always gives you 100% and relaxes in pressure moments - and there'll be a few of them over there," Lynn said.
Lynn said young Bulls teammate Usman Khawaja would also be ready for the demanding Ashes challenge.
"He's one of the most gifted batsmen in the country," he said.
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