Heat skipper Lynn to play it cool in BBL

Brisbane Heat's Chris Lynn will take a more measured approach to his captaincy in the BBL.
Brisbane Heat's Chris Lynn will take a more measured approach to his captaincy in the BBL.

Forget Lynn-sanity, Brisbane captain Chris Lynn is vowing to be the iceman in this summer's BBL tournament.

By his own admission, Lynn knows he let his emotion get the better of him at times last summer as the Heat failed to reach the semi-finals for a third-straight campaign.

Both Lynn and the Heat were criticised for approaching every match with an all-or-nothing approach and it appears to be something that hasn't been missed by the 30-year-old.

"Last year I made a few decisions on heightened emotions," he said.

"Basically just want to take a step back and make sure you take a couple of deep breaths before you make any decisions or point the finger.

"I've got to do a lot of finger pointing back at myself, being the leader of the team and one of the top order batters.

"I want to be accountable for that and I want to take ownership of that.

"By no means am I putting pressure on any individual or myself, we just want to go out there, play the game that we love and hopefully if we've done the hard work the results come our way."

Lynn will lead a revamped Heat side into this summer's competition alongside coach Darren Lehmann with stalwarts Ben Cutting, Matt Renshaw and James Pattinson all exiting.

Former South Africa Test quick Morne Morkel has signed on, while experienced batsman Tom Cooper and English pair Lewis Gregory and Dan Lawrence are other new faces.

Despite saying he'd be taking a more considered approach to his leadership, nothing much seems to have changed with Lynn's batting style after he belted 154 from just 55 balls in Brisbane grade cricket last weekend.

Having spent 14 days in hotel quarantine after an IPL campaign where he didn't play a single match, the dominant knock - which included 20 sixes - was a perfect warm-up for the Heat's tournament opener in Canberra against the Melbourne Stars on December 11.

"Anything feels better than two weeks' hotel quarantine, that's for sure," Lynn said.

"Obviously to hit a couple out of the middle was very pleasing but I still think I've got plenty of room in the tank for improvement."

Australian Associated Press