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Ben Dunk replaces injured Chris Lynn for T20I series against Sri Lanka

Aaron Finch will lead the T20I side against Sri Lanka
Aaron Finch will lead the T20I side against Sri Lanka

Australia batsman Chris Lynn has been ruled out of the upcoming Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka after failing to recover from a neck injury.

The 26-year-old, who was called-up for the One-Day International series against Pakistan, featured in just one game and was forced to miss the remaining four matches as well as the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy due to the injury.

The injury is a major setback for the 26-year-old after he has been in tremendous form in the Big Bash League, where he was named the player of the series despite featuring in just five games for Brisbane Heat.

Australia team physiotherapist Kevin Sims revealed that Lynn will need some more time before he can resume on full training.

"Chris resumed some light training as part of his rehabilitation but was still unable to function at the level he needs to play international cricket due to his existing neck injury," said Sims.

"Chris will be seeing a specialist later this week and from there we will have a better understanding of the ongoing management, along with the return to play timeframes."

Meanwhile, the selectors have named Ben Dunk as the replacement for Lynn in the T20I series against Sri Lanka.

"It's unfortunate that Chris is not fit to participate in this series, but we are excited at the prospects Ben will bring to the squad," interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said.

"Ben was the highest run scorer for the Big Bash, amassing a total of 364 runs in just 222 balls faced and currently sits on an average of 52."

The first of the three T20Is between Australia and Sri Lanka will kick-off in Melbourne on 17th February.

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