Chris Lynn was forced to leave Auckland’s Eden Park during Australia’s T20I tri-series final against New Zealand after dislocating his right shoulder on Wednesday.
The right-handed batsman received the blow in the ninth over of the Kiwis innings as he fell awkwardly while he was diving to stop the ball.
Lynn, who was fielding at mid-wicket, sprinted to his left to stop the ball but tried to pick the ball with his right arm and jarred it on the turf. The batsman was then forced to leave the field clutching his right arm in pain.
It was later confirmed by Cricket Australia that Lynn had popped his shoulder out of its socket. The batsman, who went for scans after sustaining the injury, did not come out to bat even after Australia lost three wickets by the 11th over of their chase.
The 27-year-old has a history of shoulder injuries – his left shoulder has been operated thrice. The batsman had earlier announced that he would avoid diving to prevent any further shoulder problems.
“It’s (diving) something that’s played on my mind for about four years. Let’s go one step at a time – I want to dive, there’s no doubt about that, I want to do well and contribute,” Lynn said on Sunday.
“But at the moment, I don’t want to have another setback because I feel like I’m making good ground.”
Shoulder injury and hamstring niggle also forced Lynn to miss the majority of the 2017/18 Big Bash League – Australia’s domestic T20 league. In the five matches for Brisbane Heat, Lynn smashed 148 runs at a strike rate of 162.63.
In the last edition of the Indian Premier League while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Lynn had dislocated his left shoulder while attempting to take a catch and that had forced him out of the tournament for three weeks.
Lynn is scheduled once again to play the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders, who bought him for Rs 9.6 crore at the player auction in January.