Lynn can handle his BBL hype: Vettori

Dec 26, 2017 - 5:47 AM Brisbane Heat coach Daniel Vettori says Big Bash League star Chris Lynn will cope with the hype in his return from injury.

A two-time winner of the BBL's player of the tournament, Lynn's return after shoulder surgery has been delayed by a niggling hamstring strain.

After missing the Heat's first two games, the 27-year-old is tipped to make the cut and play at the Gabba against the Sydney Thunder on Wednesday night.

Lynn's previous summer, in which he rose to the Australian one-day side, was curtailed due to neck and shoulder problems.

Surgery in July is hoped to have ended those dramas, with his much-hyped return to cricket even featuring a mini-series documenting the recovery process.

A sell-out crowd will expect Lynn to resume his six-hitting prowess on Wednesday and Vettori said the 27-year-old had worked hard enough to handle the pressure.

"It's not that easy and there might be those expectations (from the fans) there," Vettori said.

"But he looks fit and strong and is feeling confident about his batting, which is the important thing."

Vettori sees no reason the Queenslander can't push for higher honours in all formats once he enjoys an injury-free run, while Lynn just wants to play cricket again.

"It's killing me, to be honest. I'm not a great watcher of cricket. It's hard sitting on the sideline," he said this week.

"But I'm confident the body will hold together, not just for the rest of the tournament but, for the future.

"I haven't had a great run the last four years. It's been frustrating.

"The physical side hasn't been great but the mental side been killing me more than anything."

In-form Joe Burns (groin) has also returned to the Heat squad after missing Saturday's loss to Melbourne, however, he is less likely to return to the side.

"It was prudent to have him in the 13 and give him a chance," Vettori said of Burns, who made a 27-ball 50 in the side's victorious BBL opener.

Burns replaces fast bowler Cameron Gannon in the 13-man squad.

Shane Watson's Thunder have named an unchanged side.

Batsman Callum Ferguson, who strained his quad in a practice match and missed the Thunder's first two games, remains in contention to play.

Source: AAP

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