Despite finishing as the leading run-getter in the JLT Cup last season, Australian batsman Chris Lynn has not been handed a contract by Queensland for the 2019-20 season. In the contract list released on Wednesday (May 15), Lynn was the surprise omission with pacer Alister McDermott, son of former Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott, being the notable inclusion.
Lynn had smashed 452 runs in the 50-over domestic competition for Queensland last season at an average of 75.33 and a stunning strike-rate of 117.70. But his ODI stocks plunged despite those performances as he failed to carry forward that form into international cricket eventually not making it to the World Cup or the A tour to UK.
Lynn was a late addition to the list last year and Queensland head coach Wade Seccombe has backed the 29-year-old to be an integral part of their 50-over campaign once again. "Chris is very much in our thinking for our one-day set-up in light of his performances last summer and we will work closely with him in the lead-up to the season once again,'' Seccombe said.
McDermott, who had made rapid strides when he made his debut a few years ago, has been handed a contract after three years. "Ali has worked exceptionally hard to get to this point and he brings that determination and composure to the squad,'' Seccombe noted. "We're very pleased to have him resume with us after a few years away. He has used Premier Cricket and the 2nd XI competition to demonstrate his skills as well as challenging himself through taking on coaching duties with his club."