Lehmann flags possible captaincy change at the Heat
Brisbane Heat coach to speak with Chris Lynn ahead of the 2021-22 season about his future as captain
22 April 2021, 03:26 PM AEST
Coach Darren Lehmann has spoken with Chris Lynn about his future as Brisbane Heat captain and flagged the prospect of Jimmy Peirson taking over as full-time skipper next season.
Lynn led the Heat to a third-place finish in BBL|10, just the second time the club has made the finals in the past eight years.
Peirson also impressed as a fill-in skipper when Lynn was injured during the tournament and Lehmann said he will speak with the big-hitting right-hander later in the year about possibly taking a step back.
"They've both done a great job, so we'll sit down and talk about that closer to the season and see where he sits," Lehmann said on Thursday after he was handed a one-year contract extension.
"If he continues, that's great. If he decides to stand aside and we go with someone like Jimmy or someone else, that's great as well.
"We're not so stressed on that front at the moment. It's a case of him deciding where he wants to go and where he wants to take his career.
"We obviously love him, the fans love him and he's a really important part of the Brisbane Heat."
Having been soundly beaten in the opening two games of BBL|10 under Lynn's leadership, the Heat's season turned when their captain injured his hamstring just before Christmas and Peirson took over as skipper. The club won three of its five games under the gloveman's leadership and their two losses in that time were by margins of just one run and two runs.
Lynn returned to the side in January and finished as the tournament's fourth-highest run-scorer as he guided the Heat on an impressive run that saw them scrape into the finals and beat both the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder in the knockout stage.
But Peirson's own impressive form with the bat last season and his undoubted leadership credentials as a Sheffield Shield-winning skipper mean the Heat have an obvious replacement should Lynn choose to stand aside.
"I think (Lynn has) grown into the (leadership) role really well," Lehmann said.
"He's had some good guidance along the way. He did a really good job – he was out injured and then came back in, and Jimmy did a great job.
"We're lucky enough to have some really good leaders around the place so whoever does the job will do it well and they'll have the support either way."
Earlier this week, Queensland coach Wade Seccombe said Peirson's credentials as a wicketkeeper-batter should also have him in the conversation as Tim Paine's possible successor as Test gloveman.
"The thing that does frustrate me a little bit is that lack of conversation around Jimmy Peirson," Seccombe said.
"If we are picking (the next) 'keeper, he is the 'keeper. He averaged around 50 this season and is going from strength to strength.''