Sydney Thunder has arrived in Canberra ahead of their clash with the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday night (6:10pm start).
When the two sides met earlier in the season, the Hurricanes clinched victory in the final over however Callum Ferguson said a season worth of experience playing together and the handy addition of Australian Test stars Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja and Kurtis Patterson puts Thunder in a good position to reverse that result at Manuka Oval.
“They’ve probably been the standout side up until this point in the tournament, so they’ll be a big challenge no doubt,” said Callum Ferguson.
“Our personnel will change going into this game. Everyone’s also had more of a chance to feel each other throughout the tournament but certainly having Pat (Cummins), Usman (Khawaja) and Kurtis (Patterson) come back into the squad as well is a huge boost for us.”
This game is significant in the race for a spot in the semi-finals. Thunder need to win this game and hope other results fall their way in order to secure a place in the top four.
Despite this pressure, Ferguson said the group is just focussed on executing their plans well for the entire 40 overs.
“We’ll keep playing a similar style of cricket. We’ve played really well throughout the tournament we just at times haven’t been able to ice off some games so hopefully we can do that on Saturday and hopefully stay in the tournament,” he said.
The fixture will be Thunder’s second visit to the capital this season after opening their campaign with a 15-run victory over the Melbourne Stars.
“It’s a great ground and we've had a lot of support here so hopefully it’s the same fantastic atmosphere again. We’re really looking forward to it,” said Ferguson.
“We played quite well here last time against the Stars so hopefully we can have a similar result, get the win and stay in contention for the semi-finals.”
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