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Consistency key for Thunder

04 February 2019

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Watson reflects on the season so far

Sydney Thunder captain Shane Watson is proud of his side’s efforts this season despite some inconsistency.

With one game remaining in the extended season (14 games up from 10), Thunder sit just outside the top four on the ladder with a win-loss record of 5-7-1.

“We’ve played some really good cricket and we’ve played some cricket where we’ve let ourselves down a little bit, not horrendously just a little bit at times but when it’s a long tournament like this you have to be more consistent,” said Watson.  

“There’s been a couple of situations that have gone against us but that’s the reality of cricket. You’ve just got to ride it because sometimes those things will fall your way.”

Watson admitted his side’s inability to adapt to the conditions at the SCG cost them the game against the Sydney Sixers on Saturday night.

Thunder struggled to gain momentum with the bat in the first innings and the in-form Sixers were able to chase down the total with nine wickets to spare.

“It would’ve been nice to get a few more (runs). The wicket was definitely a little bit different to what it normally is at the SCG and we didn’t adapt quick enough to be able to push on to be able to get a better total,” said Watson after the game.

“The Sixers have got a really well-balanced bowling attack, they bowled nicely and they bowled to those conditions.”

In their previous three matches Thunder had lost to the Melbourne Renegades at home, then pulled off an incredible victory in Perth before falling again to the Renegades.

However Watson is confident consistency will come with experience.

“We’ve got quite a young squad and the more experience they get playing in this type of tournament, the better they’re going to get,” he said.

“With Jason Sangha having an opportunity to bat at the top of the order, it hasn’t gone to plan but he’s going to learn so quickly. The best way to learn is when things don’t go exactly to plan. He’s such a skillful young man and is always pushing himself to get better. Even though it hasn’t gone exactly to plan, he’s going to be better for it.

“Matt Gilkes came in and did a great job, that’s exciting. And Baxter Holt, the two games that he’s played he’s been incredibly impressive.”

Thunder return to Manuka Oval to take on the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday 9 February.

The game has now sold out however a final release of tickets is expected later in the week when sightscreens and camera positions are confirmed.