Kolkata - Australia batsman Chris Lynn may not
be getting much playing time with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, but
he's taking full advantage of having all-rounder legend Jacques Kallis as the
Lynn has played just two matches for the
former champions, but is using his time in the nets to pick Kallis' brain about
batting against spin, and also other tactical tricks to get his name noticed by
the Aussie selectors.
Lynn said of the South Africa legend's
influence on the CA website: "Jacques has been really good for me this
"He grew up in similar conditions to
me, the hard bouncy pitches so he has been able to relate to my game and give
me advise on playing spin bowling in these conditions.
"He gives you the belief that you are
not a bad player of spin. You don't have a massive weakness, it’s just that
it’s not your strength.
"Jacques said I need to do work on
rotating the strike and can get down the other end. Singles are also a way of
building your innings and then I can cash in once the fast bowlers are back on
Lynn has a first class average of more than
44, but has not played a Test yet. He has five T20 caps to his name though, and
his most recent red ball knock for Queensland saw him make 80.
He hopes that next season will see him show
selectors that he's good enough for the Test side as well: "For me it is
about me putting numbers on the board again and I know I'm good enough to do it
in all three formats.
"If I bat for long time I will end up
scoring fast and I know Boof [Darren Lehmann] loves guys that can take the game
away from the opposition.
"So if I can get that consistency this
season then hopefully I will be in recognition for red ball cricket for
Australia as well."