Heat's Burns under injury cloud

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:33 PM The much-hyped return of Chris Lynn is likely to be pushed back a week, with the Brisbane Heat blaster unlikely to travel with the side to Melbourne on Thursday.

Lynn was a late scratching from the Heat's side for Wednesday's Big Bash contest with Melbourne Stars at the Gabba, with hamstring soreness rather than his surgically repaired shoulder to blame.

That tightness is likely to keep him on ice for the Heat's Saturday clash with the Renegades, with a return at the Gabba next Wednesday the likely scenario.

He is not the only injury concern for the Heat, with Joe Burns (groin) and Brendon McCullum (finger) both sustaining injuries in the 15-run victory.

Burns will have scans on Thursday and will join the squad on Friday in Melbourne if deemed to fit to play, while McCullum is expected to play despite bruising his little finger.

"There's a little bit of a niggle but it doesn't feel too bad," Burns said of his groin.

"But it's how you wake up the day after a game that is a better indicator."

The loss of Lynn, who scored 309 runs at an average of 154.50 from five games last season, could have crippled the Heat.

Instead Burns, McCullum (40), Alex Ross (51) and Ben Cutting (35) all stepped up to get the Heat to a formidable 206.

Burns' fluent 28-ball half century showed that the former Test opener had started to feel comfortable in the shortest format.

"I just think across all three formats you get more experienced and you get a better idea of how to transition from format to format," he said.

"That's something that doesn't happen overnight and is one of the challenges of the modern game."

Source: AAP






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