Flynn surprised at T20 and ODI selection

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 05/05/2012
Daniel Flynn
MARK TAYLOR/Waikato Times
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Daniel Flynn will be hoping for a good performance.

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Daniel Flynn's not upset his planned English county excursion is on hold.

The left-handed Northern Knights batsman was this week named in all three Black Caps squads for this winter's tour to play the West Indies.

His inclusion in the test, one-day and Twenty20 sides caps a rapid return to international favour for the 27-year-old, who missed the first half of the 2011/12 season with a hip injury.

Flynn had been lined up as an import for Gloucestershire but has had to withdraw due to New Zealand commitments.

"The original plan was for me to replace Kane [Williamson] when he went to the West Indies," Flynn said.

"That's not going to work now that I've got something better to do. It might be something that I am able to do further down the track."

Flynn admitted he was surprised at being selected to play in all three formats in the Caribbean after only playing first-class cricket during the domestic season, when his injury ruled him out of the HRV Cup and Ford Trophy.

"Definitely, things have gone pretty quickly.

"It wasn't that long ago that I wasn't playing, but while I was out, I always had the belief that when I got fully fit I'd get the opportunity to push my case.

"I managed to do that in the Plunket Shield but it was still a bit of a surprise and quicker than I imagined to get back in the shorter formats. Now that I've got the opportunity it's up to me to make the most of it."

Flynn earned a test recall for the third test against South Africa on the back of a prolific second half of the Shield season, netting 584 runs in nine innings at an average of 83.42.

He has previously been unable to make his mark internationally in the shorter form, with a one-day international average of 15.18 from 13 innings, but his aggressive nature and domestic form indicates he is capable of greatly bolstering that record.

Flynn did have an inkling he was at least being thought of in all three formats.

"It was mentioned in the review I had at the end of the season with John Wright. He asked me about my one-day plans and how I saw myself fitting in."

Flynn has mostly played as a middle-order batsman but Knights coach Grant Bradburn has been a firm believer that the punishing strokemaker belongs in the top three. His return to test cricket was as an opener and he acknowledged he'd be happy to assume that role in the T20s and ODIs in a Black Caps side without Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder.

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"I've had reasonable success with ND up the order and that's my preferred position, but if I'm asked to play in the middle order I can adapt to that. I'll make do with whatever comes my way."

Flynn is optimistic he is past the problems his hip caused late last year.

"At the end of the season I had a couple of weeks off and since then I've been doing a lot of work on a strengthening programme. I've been lucky too to work with Nic Gill, the All Blacks trainer, for a while and that's been really beneficial.

"Fingers crossed all that's behind me now."

ian.anderson@waikatotimes.co.nz

- Waikato Times

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