Chris Lynn has vowed his latest shoulder injury won't change the way he bats, but has conceded his days of diving about in the field are long gone.
Quick Single: Lynn surgery puts Big Bash in doubt
Lynn opted for surgery last month after his third serious shoulder injury in the past two years. It was a decision made with an eye on the longer term in a bid to put the shoulder worries behind him, but he knows another serious setback could well be career-ending.
"Longevity was why I took that option to have the operation," Lynn told News Corp. "It's a short-term loss for a long-term gain.
"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.
"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."
The 27-year-old Queenslander set the KFC BBL alight last summer with his power-hitting exploits that catapulted him into Australia's one-day team before a neck injury curtailed his summer.
After a blistering start to his IPL campaign in April, he dislocated the joint diving in the outfield but stayed on in India to make a comeback and claim a spot in Australia's Champions Trophy squad, although he didn't play in that tournament.
The Brisbane Heat say the latest surgery could result in up to seven months on the sidelines, ruling Lynn out of at least the September-October ODI and T20 series in India and for the fourth straight summer, the season-opening one-day domestic tournament.
It also means he's in serious doubt for this summer's Big Bash, but the prospect of a monster payday for next year's IPL auction looms, with a 'mega-auction' looming following the return of the Chennai and Rajasthan franchises.
However, Lynn hasn't given up hope of playing in this summer's extended BBL season.
"I'd love to get back (for the BBL) and walk out in front of the Gabba again. It's something I get really excited and nervous about as well," Lynn said.
"My fingers are crossed for the Big Bash."
While Lynn has promised he won't tone down his big-hitting ways, he's conceded he'll have to take a back seat in the field in order to stay on the park.
"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."