Who will get a bash for Australia at World t20?
HE MIGHT have missed out on a spot in Australia's 13-man squad for the first three one-day internationals against India.
But Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn's form in the Big Bash League this season should have guaranteed him a ticket to the Twenty20 World Cup in India, starting in March.
With scores of 75 not out, 101 and 75 in his past three BBL innings, Lynn is the competition's top-scorer with 287.
Rather than worrying about representative honours, however, the 25-year-old said helping the Heat win more games was the focus of his immediate attention.
"I haven't really thought about any of that, to be honest. Captaining the Brisbane Heat has been in the forefront of my mind," he said.
Lynn has played two T20 internationals, although he didn't bat in the second after making an unbeaten 33 off 19 balls on debut against England in Hobart in January, 2014.
While Lynn has been left out of the squad for the first three ODIs, national selector Trevor Hohns said this week the Queenslander was certainly in the frame.
"Very much so. He's really putting his name forward too, not just for T20, but for one-day cricket as well," Hohns said when asked about Lynn's chances of selection.
He certainly hasn't been the only batsman in eye-catching form in the BBL.
Prior to last night's game between the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes, Aaron Finch (246), Mike Hussey (223), Michael Klinger (205), Travis Head (201), Shaun Marsh (190), George Bailey (185) and Brad Hodge (151), had all put their names in front of selectors for the Twenty20 World Cup, the only major tournament Australia is yet to win.
But they can't all be selected, especially when you consider Test batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith, plus short-form specialist all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner will almost certainly be in the squad for India.
Finch, Lynn and Bailey should also book their places, while Adelaide Strikers left-hander Travis Head has put his hand up with a brilliant 101 off 53 balls against the Sydney Sixers, and quickfire 51 off 31 balls against the Perth Scorchers.
While there are plenty of in-form batsmen and all-rounders - including Mitch Marsh - to pick from, the selectors look to have a harder job when it comes to the wicketkeeper, and the bowlers. Matthew Wade has been named in the ODI squad, but Hohns was quick to say the Victorian gloveman's spot was not nailed down, highlighting the form of Tasmanian Tim Paine in the BBL.
Hohns also suggested Test spinner Nathan Lyon could get his chance in the last two ODIs against India, while leg-spinner Cameron Boyce would also be in the frame after taking 10 wickets in the BBL this season.
Possible Twenty20 squad: S Smith, D Warner, A Finch, C Lynn, G Bailey, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, G Maxwell, J Faulkner, M Wade, J Hazlewood, J Behrendorff, K Richardson, N Lyon, C Boyce