Despite their lowly position on the BBL table, Sixers batsman Jordan Silk has warned against writing off the Melbourne Stars in Sunday’s showdown on the SCG.
The Green machine have so far failed to fire in two matches, losing two tight run-chases against unbeaten outfits the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder. But from a worst position last year, the team spring boarded their way through the Sixers in a Super Over, and into a semi-final berth.
Silk, speaking at the launch of the Sixers World Record Attempt with Solar D sunscreen, said they’re a team too classy to underestimate.
“I think Melbourne was in the same position last year, and they’re always a dangerous outfit,” he said.
“They’ve got a heap of talent; guys like Glenn Maxwell, Luke Wright at the top of the order and their bowling attack with John Hastings who is so reliable so we’re going to have our work cut out for us.
“Hopefully we can keep their run going of no wins tomorrow night and really put our case forward for ahead of a tough away trip for us in the New Year.”
A member of last year’s Team of the Tournament Silk has enjoyed a solid start to his BBL|05 campaign highlighted by a return of 41 from 25 against the Hurricanes in last Sunday’s big win.
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Despite having already blasted three sixes in the competition to-date, the hero of last year’s #SydneySmash victory against the Thunder has played down his big-hitting ways, highlighting his focus on the smaller runs as keys to personal success.
“I am certainly not a power-hitter,” he said, “So knocking around twos is one way I believe I can make up runs early in my innings.
“It’s something I’ve worked on really hard this year. I wanted to make sure I started my innings well and not be four off of 10 balls, try to get ahead of my run-rate early so I didn’t have to do as much at the end of my innings.”
“We talk about trying to be there for the fun part which is overs 18-20. So my plan is always to basically get off-strike, get the set batter on-strike when I first come to the crease for my first 10-15 balls and then hopefully I feel comfortable by then if we need to pick up the run-rate that I can do that.”
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