Boof's summer bolters for Test XI

Two of Australia's biggest hitters could force their way into Tim Paine's team, former coach suggests

Sam Ferris

10 October 2018, 01:36 PM AEST

Boof's bolters for Aussie Test team

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann has suggested T20 master blasters Chris Lynn and D'Arcy Short could be bolters for the Test side this summer.

Both Lynn and Short are best known for their pyrotechnics in the game's shortest format, but Lehmann says their fireworks could transfer into the five-day game this summer as the Test team searches for its new identity under coach Justin Langer, the man who replaced him.

"Chris Lynn," Lehmann told when asked if he could see an uncapped player breaking into the Australia side this season.

"He's been capped in one-dayers and T20s, but if he starts well then who knows.

"Or D'Arcy Short. One of those two. They're exciting."

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Lynn boasts a first-class average of 43.53 with six centuries in 41 matches, including a personal best score of 250.

To put that in comparison, Australia's most recent Test debutants – Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne – averaged 36.29, 37.15 and 34.69 respectively leading into the first Test in Dubai.

The 28-year-old is in terrific form having topped the runs tally in the JLT Cup for Queensland, his first domestic one-day tournament in five years having battled a wretched run of shoulder injuries.

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It's Lynn's injury-prone body that could hold him back from a JLT Sheffield Shield return this summer, but Lehmann says first-class cricket might be best suited to his fragile frame.

"Four-day cricket would be less diving on his shoulders," Lehmann said.

"He's got the technique. His first-class record is outstanding."

Lynn, who topped the JLT Cup run-scorers list with 452 at 75.33 with a strike-rate of 117.70, has been reluctant to commit to red-ball cricket given the issues he has had with his troublesome shoulders.

"I'm currently white-ball only, purely just because of my body," he said today at an event to promote Queensland Cricket's donation to sponsors Foodbank of $100 for every six hit during the JLT One-Day Cup and Women's National Cricket League, with the total so far sitting at $6,400. 

"If I have a big day one in a Sheffield Shield game, there's no way I could back up days two, three and four. Letting your teammates down is a big no-no and I always pride myself on, if I start a game, trying to finish it.

"In 12 months' time we'll have a look at it and see where the body's at, but for the time being, there's plenty of white-ball cricket.

"I got through the JLT Cup really good, hopefully I can just build on that, and the time on my feet was very valuable."

Extended highlights of Short's innings of 257

Short, however, has no such injury issues and will join Lynn on Australia's three-match T20 international tour of the UAE later this month.

The damaging left-hander hit a record 257 for Western Australia in the JLT Cup this year, an astonishing innings that featured 23 sixes.

While he hasn't hit his straps at first-class level just yet, averaging 23.58 with the bat, he's done enough in limited-overs cricket to impress Lehmann.

"D'Arcy Short has started the summer well," he said.

"Any of those two could come out of nowhere for the Baggy Green."