Is Chris Lynn too much of an injury risk?
FORMER Australian Test quick Stuart Clark has questioned whether T20 superstar Chris Lynn is even worth his at-risk $1.8 million IPL contract if his body continues to fail him.
Lynn will possibly miss the biggest payday of his career after dislocating his shoulder during Australia's T20 tri-series final win against New Zealand on Wednesday night.
Lynn, diving for a ball in the field, landed awkwardly on his right shoulder and popped it out of the joint.
Ironically, the Brisbane Heat star was trying to protect his so-called bad left shoulder which had only recently recovered from surgery which sidelined him for much of the BBL06 campaign.
Lynn has already been ruled out of Pakistan T20 Super League in the United Arab Emirates which he was scheduled to join next week.
But it his mammoth contract with the IPL's Kolkata Knight Riders that could hurt more if he isn't fit to play by April.
Clark, speaking on The Big Sports Breakfast this morning, said Australian selectors needed to decide whether the national T20 team could carry someone - even a big-hitting batsman like Lynn - if they can't field without risking serious injury.
"He's very dynamic and when he's on it's compelling viewing but he needs to make sure he can stay on the park," Clark said.
Clark, who played 24 Test matches for Australia, went on to say cricket's shortest form was a game of such minute detail that every run saved counted and players who couldn't put everything into chasing down a ball risked costing their team victory.
Meanwhile, Lynn will undergo further scans this week to discover the extent of his new injury which Australian physiotherapist Alex Kontouris has already confirmed doesn't involve bone damage.
It has been just the latest chapter in a disappointing run for Lynn who has now chalked up three surgeries on his left shoulder, one on his right, as well as hamstring issues.
Lynn played only a handful of matches for Brisbane Heat in BBL07 before being rushed into Australia's disastrous ODI campaign against England and the successful T20 Tri-series against England and New Zealand.