Australia batsman Chris Lynn is hopeful of recovering from a shoulder surgery in time for the Big Bash League this season. However, he said that another shoulder injury could be "career ending".
"Longevity was why I took that option to have the operation. It's a short-term loss for a long-term gain," Lynn told Courier Mail. "They [career ending] are words you don't want to hear but they are down that path. I've got to be more cautious and have more smarts about how I go about things."
Lynn sustained a third shoulder injury in less than two years, during this year's IPL, forcing him to miss a month of the tournament and the subsequent Champions Trophy in June. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation, and will be out of action for most of the upcoming BBL season, which begins on December 19.
"It has been frustrating but it was the right decision to get it done," Lynn said. "I want to play through tournaments and hopefully make a mark and be fully fit for 12 months. I want to put the shoulder injury to bed. I want to go back to enjoying my cricket and being pain-free. I have to change my dynamic slightly but I won't be changing the way I bat.
"I need to be more cautious in the field. Running around on the boundary is not an option. I might have to stop a few with the boot. I am zero or 100 but there are times I have to reel it back and get another 10 years out of my career. We'll see how smart I am in the next 12 months."
Lynn earned an ODI call-up after another impressive BBL season last year. He was named player of the tournament after hitting a record 26 sixes for Brisbane Heat in the 2016 BBL.
"I'd love to get back [for the BBL] and walk out in front of the Gabba again," Lynn said. "It's something I get really excited and nervous about as well. My fingers are crossed for the Big Bash."