Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum were a big hit with the Brisbane Heat this season.
Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum were a big hit with the Brisbane Heat this season.

Bash Brothers set to be worldwide hit

THE Bash Brothers are going global.

Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum have pulled off a plan to turn their Big Bash batting brutality into a travelling roadshow.

As well as signing extended contracts with the Brisbane Heat, the duo will be the one-two punch for the Lahore Qalanders in the Pakistan Super League and the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League.

And they fell a whisker short of pulling off the biggest coup of all when they went one bid short of linking up in the mega-rich Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore, coached by their Heat mentor Dan Vettori.

Vettori recruited McCullum early in Saturday's IPL's mega-auction and made a major play for Lynn, falling just short when the bidding surged to $1.85 million and he was re-signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

"We wanted to take the Bash brothers global,'' Lynn said.

"We are getting there ... chipping away. Hopefully both of our bodies can hold together.

"It's pretty cool to have opportunities to play around the world with someone like Brendon because we have such a good little partnership.

"We have done it in the Big Bash but we want to take it around the world.''

Mutual love of horse racing and a quiet drink have seen Lynn and McCullum extend their bond beyond the playing field.

But, despite his global ambitions, Lynn has made it clear his first priority is white-ball cricket with Australia, a point he made emphatically in a phone call to Cricket Australia on Tuesday.

"My No. 1 priority and always will be is Australian cricket, not so much the long form of the game but in white-ball cricket.''

Lynn is about to join the Australian T20 side for a tri-series against England and New Zealand hoping his body will go the journey, admitting the need to be cautious with diving and throwing is forever in his thoughts.

"It goes through my mind. I dived the other night and got told off for that by the physio and the captain. It is typed in my contract now. No diving. It is hard but I will get that discipline over the next couple of weeks.

"I am going to build my confidence and lose the apprehension I have now.''

Lynn was thrilled to land an IPL deal that should set him up financially for life beyond cricket.

"I am over the moon with that. You don't dream of those things. It is a bonus. Playing for your country is the priority but it is a nice little wedge on the side. There is so many of those opportunities around at the moment. They are life changing.''



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