Sydney Thunder has included three players from Australia’s recent Test series win against Sri Lanka in their 13-player squad to take on the Hobart Hurricanes (6:15pm start) in the KFC Big Bash League.
Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja and Kurtis Patterson have all been included in the squad for Saturday’s fixture at Manuka Oval while Matt Gilkes returns from injury having made a half century in his debut match. The 19-year old wicket keeper is an Injury Replacement Player for Jay Lenton who is still unavailable due to a fractured finger, he was previously a Local Replacement Player for Pat Cummins.
“I always really enjoy coming back to Thunder," said Khawaja.
"I was here last year for the Manuka game, unfortunately I didn’t get to play but it’s always great coming to Canberra and it’s a beautiful ground here too.”
“It’s always nice to play at Manuka, the crowd really comes out and we’re expecting a pretty good crowd there tomorrow so hopefully we can get the win. It’s kind of like our second home ground so hoping to have a good result.
“I’ve watched almost every game I reckon. I think we’ve played pretty good. I think we’ve had some really good games and some not so good games but that’s just how it happens in Big Bash cricket.
"Overall I think the guys have put up some really good performances. I mean we’re the only team that’s scored hundreds with Watto and Ferg and guys like Fawad are bowling beautifully.
"I think we’ve probably played better than what the results have shown.”
Cummins and Khawaja were yesterday named in Australia’s ODI squad that will travel to India at the end of February while Patterson scored an unbeaten 114 against Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval in just his second Test.
Arjun Nair, Jono Cook, Baxter Holt and Jason Sangha all miss out from the squad that played the Sydney Sixers last weekend.
Sydney Thunder currently sit fifth on the table with 11 points after 13 games, fourth placed Melbourne Stars (12 points) play their 13th game this evening against the Brisbane Heat who are also on 11 points.
Sydney Thunder’s 13-player squad to take on the Hobart Hurricanes:
Shane Watson (c)