CHRIS Lynn was left hunched over in utter despair after he was hit right where it hurts by a Doug Bollinger thunderbolt three weeks ago.
The 22-year-old will return to action tonight for the Brisbane Heat against the Strikers in round two of the Big Bash League at Adelaide Oval.
Lynn soldiered on in the Ryobi Cup game at the Gabba, which the Bulls ended up winning by 110 runs, smacking a courageous 39 off 28 balls.
He was sent to Brisbane's Mater Hospital at the change of innings, before returning to join his victorious teammates after the game.
Lynn admitted he had carried some mental scars from the sickening incident before resuming skills training on Tuesday, but a new titanium box helped calm his anxiety.
"I've been hit down there before, but there were some nerves before coming back for my first skills session," he said.
"I got through that so I'm okay now. I've got a new titanium box which should make it less painful if I get hit there again."
Lynn was given a heavy dose of painkillers to help him recover.
"I couldn't walk or do anything for a week and a half afterwards. I couldn't sleep very well either," he said.
The young Toombul product is confident of a successful return to the cricket arena, particularly in the Twenty20 format.
As well as his impressive knock against the Blues, Lynn belted 83 from just 38 balls for the Flames against the Blaze in a KFC T20 Challenge match in mid-October.
"I was hitting the ball well before my injury. I'm hoping that was just a little hurdle," he said.
Lynn has accepted the fact he has not been used yet by the Bulls this season in the Sheffield Shield.
He said if he performed in the short version of the game, he would soon be considered again for the four-day domestic competition.
The Heat need a win tonight after losing its first game to the Hurricanes by eight wickets at the Gabba on Sunday night.
West Indian master blaster and the Sydney Thunder recruit Chris Gayle arrived in Sydney yesterday and vowed to take out his frustration on the Melbourne Renegades tomorrow night at ANZ Stadium, after a disappointing tour of Bangladesh.
Gayle identified good mate Marlon Samuels as the danger man for the Renegades.
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