Paceman says Thunder can strike back
A HAMSTRING injury has ruled veteran Sydney Thunder batsman Mike Hussey out of tonight's Big Bash League clash against the Perth Scorchers at Spotless Stadium.
The 40-year-old, third on the list of BBL run-scorers this season with 223, picked up the injury in his knock of 56 from 43 balls in his team's six-wicket loss to the Brisbane Heat on Sunday night.
The Thunder has slipped to third on the ladder after losing its past two games, and is just below the Scorchers on net run rate.
Despite the losses, paceman Clint McKay (pictured), the BBL's second-leading wicket-taker this summer with nine, said he believed the Thunder would hit back hard.
"We see it as a bit of a setback (losing two straight) - obviously we didn't quite play our best cricket in those two games," he said.
"There is no doubt we can get back into the winning circle."
With all-rounder Jacques Kallis (back) under an injury cloud, the Thunder will need another good performance from in-form West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell who also has nine wickets in the series.
Scorchers batsman Shaun Marsh will play his last BBL preliminary game before joining the Australian one-day team for the five-game series against India starting in Perth next Tuesday. He is No.9 on the run-scorers list this season with 190, just behind teammate and captain Michael Klinger who is fourth with 205.
"If we get them out early, that actually goes a long way to winning this game of cricket," McKay said.