Tallawahs banking on fireworks from Australian batsman Lynn

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC- Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Junior Bennett believes the acquisition of Australian batsman Christopher Lynn will bolster the side’s batting for the third edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The 24-year-old Lynn was picked in Round Four by the Tallawahs for US$70,000 during the recent CPL player draft held at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.

Lynn has played 45 Twenty20 (T20) matches and averages 28.25 with a remarkable strike rate of 139.09.

“We saw him in the [Australian] Big Bash tournament and in the IPL [Indian Premier League] and he batted well. He’s a player we were trying to get last season, but he was going to be with the Australian ‘A’ team,” Bennett told the Jamaica Observer.

“He’s a very aggressive player and a brilliant fielder so he’s someone who can help our cause in the batting department. Captain Christopher Gayle has seen him also and was influential there [in making the decision].”

Jamaica Tallawahs, the champions of the inaugural CPL T20 tournament, also secured the services of veteran Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene and Jamaican left-arm swing bowler Krishmar Santokie.

The Tallawahs had already held onto four of their more prominent players from last season, including big-hitting left-hander Christopher Gayle.

The others are swashbuckling all-rounder Andre Russell, skilful fast bowler Jerome Taylor and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton.

The 2015 CPL T20, consisting of six franchises, is scheduled to run from June 21 to July 26.

Barbados Tridents are defending champions.

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