“What can I say about batting with Baz?
“One, it’s fun.
“Two, you’ve got the best seat in the house.
“Three, I don’t know... it’s awesome.”
With those short four sentences, Brisbane Heat star Chris Lynn was able to perfectly capture the feeling of batting in tandem with teammate Brendon McCullum.
Armed with a similar outlook to life and cricket, the duo has become a world-wide sensation. Travelling the world, playing hard, smashing sixes and having a truckload of fun along the way.
It was early in their first season together that the world would see international cricket’s most-destructive duo in action.
During the club’s third game of the season, McCullum and Lynn shared a 109-run stand as the Heat romped to a thumping win over the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba, chasing down 174 in 16.2 overs.
The action was enthralling and the chemistry between the two was evident. It was there that the legend of the Bash Brothers was born.
Most probably thought their partnership against Hobart was hard to top. That was until the Heat travelled across the country to take on the Scorchers in Perth.
Set the same target as the one facing them in Brisbane, the Bash Brothers produced one of the highlights of the BBL|06 season and surely the best batting performance by a Heat duo.
Lynn came to the crease when Jimmy Peirson fell on 26. When both players walked off, the points were secured, and jaws were being lifted off the floor.
The onslaught lasted 148 runs and 74 balls, with the duo scoring at a remarkable strike-rate of 200 as the Heat reached their target in 14.4 overs.
Lynn was the aggressor of the two, smashing 98 not out from 49 balls, including an amazing 11 sixes, hitting the winning runs with a maximum to leave him just short of a second BBL century. In comparison, McCullum’s 50 runs from 31 balls appears subdued.
Lynn’s amazing knock was part of a run of form that saw him start the BBL season with scores of 29, 85*, 84* and 98*. He would finish BBL|06 with 309 runs at a strike rate of 178 and average of 155, while also being named Player of the Season for the second straight year.
McCullum’s season statistics also make for impressive reading – 323 runs at a strike rate of 170 and average of 46.
Since those days of BBL|06, the Bash Brothers have gone global, taking their fun-loving approach to the world’s T20 circuit.
Hopefully though, the best is yet to come.
What they said...
“There were a few boys that felt left out. Jimmy Peirson was one – he wanted to be a Bash Brother. Joe Burns wanted to be a Bash Brother, but neither of them can hit the ball as far as and Baz,” Heat allrounder Ben Cutting.
“I was getting a bit stiff because he was taking all the strike. It was amazing. I said to the boys after the game, ‘there’s very few times in your career that you witness an innings like that’. For that to come from one of our guys, and it’s not the first time he’s done that, it shows the quality of the player and how committed he is to play for us,” Brendon McCullum
“He doesn’t overcomplicate things. We’ve got a very similar mentality when we’re out there. See ball, hit ball. Train hard, play hard.
“We’ve got so much in common that batting together seems like it’s an everyday thing with us,” Chris Lynn on batting with Brendon McCullum.
“We were kind of talking, but by the end it was just, ‘whack it’,” Lynn on communicating with McCullum in the middle.
“He actually came up to me and said It's got a nice ring to it. Hopefully it sticks around. Let's keep the Bash Brothers going for a few more years,” Chris Lynn on the Bash Brothers moniker.