Lynn ready for Heat return
HEAT superstar Chris Lynn has declared he wants to play Brisbane's opening match of the summer.
The six-hitting machine has fought back from a shoulder reconstruction to headline Brisbane's upcoming BBL campaign.
There were fears Lynn could miss most of the BBL, if not all, after he went under the knife in July.
But he has been smashing balls in the nets and is ready to face the Melbourne Stars at the Gabba on December 20.
"I won't be 100 per cent but I know my body better than anyone," Lynn told The Courier-Mail.
"I'm pretty confident with where I'm at. I'm fit enough to take the field for the Brisbane Heat.
"I'll leave (selection) up to (coach) Dan Vettori and the support staff but I'd love to play.
"I feel like the body is good enough to play game one against Melbourne Stars.
"I feel like I'm good enough to contribute well enough and put in a big performance for the Brisbane Heat."
Lynn's availability is a massive boost for the Heat.
He was crowned last summer's player of the tournament for the second straight year after clobbering 26 sixes and 309 runs in just five matches before injury struck.
The 27-year-old is the Heat's biggest drawcard alongside Kiwi star Brendon McCullum and was a major reason for Brisbane's bumper Gabba crowds in 2016-17.
Lynn is now pain-free after struggling with shoulder and neck problems for four years and is planning to launch more sixes into the Gabba grandstands and beyond.
"Hopefully I can put it (injuries) all to bed," he said.
"It's been a pain in the arse over the last four years. To be pain-free playing cricket is something I've really wanted to do.
"It's all going well. Hopefully I can stay on the paddock for a longer period of time than what I have.
"I've only really gone a couple of tournaments here and there then been out for a few months.
"If I can stay on the paddock for 12 months there is plenty of opportunities, not only in Australia but around the world.
"It's something I look forward to. I know I'm definitely good enough."
Lynn is planning to make his playing return in Brisbane's warm-up games on the Sunshine Coast on December 15-16.
If he can prove he is not a liability in the field there should be nothing standing in his way for the Stars opener.