CHRIS LYNN has been forced to retire the cricket bat which hit a ball into orbit at the Gabba - but he'll still come out swinging.
New rules introduced this month have barred cricket's biggest bats including the massive wide-edged blades used by Lynn and fellow six hitter David Warner who are both signed to Gray-Nicholls.
The rules decree the maximum dimensions of a bat should be 108mm in width, 67mm in depth and 40mm edges.
Warner has already transitioned down from a bat which was 18mm deeper than the new laws allow and Lynn will follow suit when he returns from a shoulder injury for this summer's Big Bash.
Lynn last summer used one of his Big Boppas to thump one of the most remarkable sixes ever seen at the Gabba, a 124m corker which went over the western grandstand and landed in the practice nets.
Lynn did not agree with the new laws but is confident his six hitting potency will not be diminished with a smaller, lighter blade.
"I would have liked to keep the same size (bats) in white ball cricket,'' Lynn said.
"In Test match cricket I can understand why they would change it. But at the end of the day we are here to entertain and what more do they want to see the ball fly into the crowd.
"I was frustrated at first but I still reckon I can hit sixes with a smaller bat. I might have work a bit harder in the gym. I am still going to swing hard.
"I used to use small bats two years ago which were lighter and smaller. That means my bat speed is likely to be twice as quick. It is going to be easier playing the balls up around chest and head height with a lighter bat.''
Lynn said he was likely to hand on his bigger bats to some club cricketers who, temporarily at least, are allowed to use them.
"I have had that one for three years and I don't know what I will do with it,'' Lynn said.
"I was thinking of giving a couple of those bigger bats to a couple of my club mates at Toombul because you can still use them there. At least that would put them to good use. They are a big chunk of willow - someone has got to use them.''
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