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Abbott confident Sixers can bounce back

13 February 2019

The Sydney Sixers are days away from their semi-final clash with the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Friday.

The Sixers fell short in a tough loss against the Melbourne Stars in the final round match before the finals run. However, our leading wicket-taker Sean Abbott believes the magenta cohort will bounce back better than before.

“Obviously, the last game wasn’t ideal for us, but we’ve been playing some really good cricket up until then. What we’ve been pretty good at, as a franchise, is bouncing back from tough losses and this week is no different,” he said.

“I’m really confident in the way the guys were after the game the other day and leading into training today, tomorrow and into the game on Friday.”

The Sixers finished third on the ladder after last Sunday’s loss but finished on the same points as the Renegades. It’s 1-1 against the Renegades this season. Back in December, the Sixers bowling attack proved dominant in our 33-run victory. While at home in January, the red opposition passed our total of 115 runs in just 13 overs.

Abbott believes the match-up this time against the Renegades will be tough but he’s determined to grab the challenge by the horns.

“You’re going to come up against some of the best players in the world and as a bowling unit, we need to relish those opportunities to take on those sorts of players. It’s no different in the next game. They’ve got Aaron Finch, guys like Dan Christian who are batting really well, and young guns like Sam Harper who’s also had a pretty good Big Bash this year.”

Our Sixers bowling group defended our total of 132 runs at the last meeting in Melbourne and kept the Renegades to 9/99.

“We defended quite a low total there and I think we’re still best in the league in the batting when it comes to running ones and twos. I think that pitch will certainly suit that partnership batting, not just going out there and finding the boundary from ball one,” Abbott said.

“It’s actually quite a tough pitch to go out there and get started on. I think that suits out batting unit very well and I think it suits the way our bowling attack lines up as well.”

Abbott bowled super in his last meeting at Marvel Stadium in December. He took the two big wickets of Cameron White and Dan Christian. His economy rate was also admirable at just 4.00.

“My plans don’t really change too much from game to game, but I feel like I bowled pretty well down there and the wicket suits the couple of deliveries I bowl. Whilst it’s a huge game, with a big inclusion of Aaron Finch from the last time we played them, I think my game suits that wicket pretty well,” he said.

“But again, we got to go out there and do it on a pretty big stage in a Big Bash semi-final. It’s not round games anymore and our season is on the line so we got to go out there and win”