Sydney Sixers return to the SCG on Wednesday night for the final home game of the Big Bash League regular season. With a possible home final within touching distance they must overcome fellow top four contenders Hobart Hurricanes.
A home win will be vital for the Sixers’ hopes of securing a finals spot, as they finish with two potentially tricky away games. First up is a trip to Melbourne to face the Renegades, followed by the Sydney Derby at ANZ Stadium against the Thunder – who now have a win under their belts after a two year losing streak.
The Sixers will be looking to rebound from the disappointment of Friday night’s loss against Perth Scorchers in a super over decider. Nathan Lyon was not able to take a wicket against the Scorchers but was far more economic than usual in the T20 format, giving Australian selectors food for thought. Fellow Ashes hero Steve Smith played a great innings, but will be disappointed to have lost his wicket to the first ball of the super over by playing an over-elaborate shot.
It would appear that the Sixers plan to bat their way to victory having strengthened their line up with the return of Michael Lumb after a finger injury. He replaces fast bowler Chris Tremlett in the squad. There does appear to be enough strike bowling at the Sixers’ disposal in any case, with Brett Lee again showing his class in T20 cricket by opening with a double wicket maiden against the Scorchers.
The Hurricanes go into this match on the back of a comfortable win against the Thunder at the weekend. Their key man will be Ben Dunk who is in tremendous form with the bat. His 96 against the Thunder is the highest score in this year’s tournament.
Wednesday 15th January, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) 19:30
Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes