Chris Lynn suffered a dislocated shoulder after landing on it awkwardly during the final of the Twenty20 tri-series between Australia and New Zealand in Auckland on Wednesday (February 21).
The incident occurred in the ninth over of the New Zealand innings when Lynn attempted to save a single at mid-wicket with a dive but landed on his right shoulder. He was escorted off the field by the medical staff and didn’t come out to bat later.
Lynn will now fly back to Brisbane for an assessment on the shoulder, said Cricket Australia in a press release.
Although the shoulder was pushed back in place and no major bone injury was detected, Lynn has been ruled out from participating in the Pakistan Super League 2018.
“Chris dislocated his right shoulder after landing awkwardly on it when fielding the ball. His shoulder was able to be put back into place at the ground and he was consequently sent for X-Rays which revealed no major bone injury,” said Alex Kountouris, the Australia physiotherapist.
“At this stage, Chris will not travel to the Pakistan Super League in Dubai. He will return to Brisbane to undergo further scans and assessment and from there we will have a better understanding of the ongoing management, along with the return to play timeframes,” he added.
Lynn, although disappointed about missing out on the PSL, expressed hope to make a full recovery in time for the Indian Premier League later this year.
“I’m disappointed to not go to the Pakistan Super League as planned, but I’ll now focus on rehabilitation and working as hard as I can, with the hope to still take part in the Indian Premier League later this year,” said the explosive right-handed batsman.
Lynn, 27, has had a long history with injuries. Only last year he underwent a major surgery to have his troublesome left shoulder reconstructed. He has had calf and hamstring issues as well, pulling out of the recent One-Day International series against England at home with a calf niggle, which he sustained during the Big Bash League.