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Trial matches a learning experience for young Sixers

11 October 2019

Stand-in Sixers captain Erin Burns speaking to her team before they head out to bowl at Waverley Oval on Friday.

Recent Australian T20 and One-Day debutant, allrounder Erin Burns says the Sixers will only learn from their second trial loss this week at Waverley Oval on Friday that saw the Sydney Thunder prevail by seven wickets.

As was the case on Wednesday night, when the Sixers lost to the Thunder by 18 runs at North Sydney Oval, the team on Friday included numerous teenagers and several members of the Sixers Female Academy many of whom are under 18.

International stars Alyssa Healy, Sixers captain Ellyse Perry and allrounder Ashleigh Gardner are all expected to return for round one of the WBBL against the Thunder at North Sydney Oval next Friday night.

Burns, 31, who led the side during the two trial matches this week, said there was no better preparation for the start of the WBBL than against the same quality opposition the Sixers will meet next week. 

“Really looking forward to getting the rest of our squad together, obviously had a lot of the young girls here today and they all pitched in and did their best … I think we’ll only learn from today,” said Burns.

“We’ve spoken already about bowling plans and just making sure we have that Plan A, that Plan B and being a bit more flexible particularly in Twenty20 cricket.

“It can change so quickly, that’s kind of where we let ourselves down a little bit.”

Last month, Burns made her T20 and One-Day International debut for Australia within a week of each other in the West Indies.

Opening the batting in the trials, she scored a solid 33 from 23 deliveries on Friday to follow up her 48 from 49 two days earlier.

The Thunder passed the Sixers total of 9/82 in the ninth over of the run chase. The match continued past that point with the great Alex Blackwell hitting 90 not out.

Pace bowler Stella Campbell, 17, returned best figures for the Sixers with 2-22 from her four overs.

Burns said the experience of the two trial matches, against such a quality opposition, was invaluable for those younger players.

“You can’t really learn any better than actually match experience and this is pretty much as close you are going to get to a Big Bash match, for some of these girls, at this particular stage.

“Hopefully it’s going to whet the appetite for things to come and they can kind of go away, take some good lessons (and) keep working on their skills for this season.”