Queensland batsman Chris Lynn has been included in a West Australian XI to take on England as they prepare for the Ashes series.
Queensland batsman Chris Lynn has been included in a West Australian XI to take on England as they prepare for the Ashes series. Getty

Bulls batsman roped in

BULLS batsman Chris Lynn is as proud as any other Queenslander.

He can remember every innings he has played for his state but he will be in unfamiliar territory when he takes on the touring English side in a three-day match starting in Perth today.

Lynn has named in the West Australian Chairman's XI for the opening tour match at the WACA.

With Western Australia playing Victoria in a Sheffield Shield game at the MCG, and Warriors regulars Adam Voges, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Johnson on international duty in India, and batsman Liam Davis (finger) and paceman Joel Paris (quad) out injured, Lynn has been drafted in to bolster the side after being left out of the Bulls' Shield opener against South Australia.

Not that it bothers the 23-year-old who said he was desperate to make it back into the Queensland line-up.

"It's a good thing someone wanted to see how I would go against the Poms and the red ball," Lynn said yesterday.

"It'll just be good to get back out there and wear some whites ... it's been 12 months since I last wore some.

"I want to be able to play all formats of the game and this can give me some great momentum going into the summer."

Despite having to temporarily change his allegiance, Lynn will go into the game full of confidence.

He smashed an unbeaten and match-winning 58 from 40 balls against New South Wales in the Ryobi Cup final at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.

"Any game for Queensland I like to remember but that innings will stand out, for sure," he said.

"When you get on a roll out in the middle, life becomes a lot easier."

With its bowling attack for the first Ashes Test still not locked in place, the English fast bowlers will be keen to show what they can do on the pacy WACA wicket.

Towering paceman Chris Tremlett is among those pushing hard to join James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the opening Test at the Gabba, starting on November 21.

The 32-year-old took 17 wickets in three Tests last time England toured Down Under.

The bouncy WACA pitch is sure to suit the muscular 203cm quick, but Lynn said he was looking forward to the challenge.

"After playing the last month of shorter-form cricket in India and Sydney where the ball usually only came up to my waist, I'll have to adjust quickly to the bounce in Perth," he said.

"Tremlett reminds me of (Australian and Queensland fast bowler) Ryan Harris in that he's so steady with the ball, and, even though it's a warm-up game, I'm expecting him to go full tilt."

After the game against WA, England will continue its preparation with a four-day game against an Australian A side in Hobart starting November 6.


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