Lynn's BBL, ODI summer is over

Australia and Brisbane Heat batsman out for several weeks with neck injury, aiming to return for T20s against Sri Lanka

Chris Lynn's one-day international and KFC Big Bash League campaigns are over, the powerful batsman ruled out for around a month due to a neck injury.

Lynn visited a specialist in Brisbane yesterday and has been told to take several weeks off, ending his BBL campaign with the table-topping Brisbane Heat and also ruling him out of the rest of Australia's VB ODI series against Pakistan.

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He will also miss the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand, which begins on January 30 in Auckland, with the Queenslander aiming to return for the three-match KFC T20 International series against Sri Lanka, beginning in Melbourne on February 17.

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"He's been playing through a lot of pain even during the BBL and he's got to the stage where he can't function anymore," coach Darren Lehmann said in Perth today.

"He'll have a couple of weeks of no cricket ... he's got to calm down the neck because it's quite aggravated.

"He'll start his rehab now and he won't be doing too much strenuous stuff before he hopefully gets back for the Sri Lankan series."

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Lynn has been one of the stories of the summer and the big-hitting right-hander's heroics in the BBL|06 launched him into Australia's one-day side for the first time.

But just two days after he made his ODI debut at the Gabba last Friday, Lynn reaggravated the bulging disc in his neck and returned home for further assessment.

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Lynn has been cursed by a series of shoulder problems over the years and there was initial suspicion that the pain he was experiencing in his neck and shoulder was related to his previous injuries.

But he revealed earlier this month that doctors had diagnosed the cause of the pain and the Queenslander was optimistic that he could push through the injury.

"The docs have come to the conclusion that I've got a bulging disc in my neck (and) it's just pushing against the nerve," Lynn said last week, adding that he was "on some pretty good drugs" in order to lessen the pain.

"I'm trying not to think about it. The more you think about it, the more pain it gives you."