Chris Lynn is ahead of schedule in his return from shoulder surgery but may be held back from Brisbane Heat's Big Bash League opener against Melbourne Stars.
Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum is leaning towards keeping Chris Lynn on ice, despite the explosive batsman tracking well ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery.
The big-hitting Queenslander went under the knife in July after his third serious shoulder injury in the past two years, but has recovered well enough to be considered to play in the Heat's Big Bash League opener at the Gabba on Wednesday.
McCullum, who on Monday re-signed with the franchise for a further two years, described Lynn as "one of the biggest commodities in the game" but is hesitant of rushing the 27-year-old back into the side prematurely.
"He's one of the biggest excitement machines going around; he hits the ball miles, wins games single-handedly and the Brisbane Boss, as he is affectionately known amongst the team, is excited to be back," the captain said.
"We're hopeful (he'll play on Wednesday), but it's hard because you don't win the comp in December, you win it in mid January and we need him them."
The Brisbane product's BBL exploits propelled him into Australia's one-day side last summer, before a lingering neck injury crippled his rise.
While his six-hitting ability has earned him contracts with seven different T20 franchises around the world, Lynn also boasts a first class average of 43.50 and highest score of 250.
Lynn chose to forgo a Queensland Bulls contract this season as he recovered from surgery, with injuries keeping him to sporadic long-format appearances in recent years.
But McCullum said when fit there were no limits for his teammate.
"Absolutely (he should be considered for higher honours); the Australian team is playing well in Test cricket at the moment at home but he is a guy who can play well all around the world and is wanted all around the world."
"It's up to the selectors, but to me he's one of the best cricketers in the world."
McCullum pointed to Gold Coast teenager Max Bryant as a possible replacement if Lynn is not selected to play against the Stars, while dropped Test opener Matt Renshaw is another top-order option in the squad.