Sydney Thunder received a blow ahead of Monday night’s must-win match against the Adelaide Strikers with confirmation skipper Michael Hussey would miss the match because of the calf muscle injury he suffered during the five-wicket loss to Hobart on Friday night.
The former Test batsman was injured while running between wickets before being dismissed for a run-a-ball nine at the franchise’s first game at Spotless Stadium. The defeat allowed Hobart to leap-frog them into fourth place on the ladder.
Thunder chief executive Nick Cummins said it was too soon to say whether the injury had finished 39-year-old Hussey’s Big Bash campaign.
“We’ll allow for it to settle down so we can get a better indication but he’ll miss the Strikers’ match,” said Cummins. “He’ll travel with the team to Adelaide irrespective of the injury but we’ll wait a few days for a clearer picture.”
Hussey joins teammates Usman Khawaja and Kurtis Patterson on the injured list, but Cummins said the franchise had a host of batsmen capable of ensuring the Thunder added to the two victories they’d already posted this summer.
“It’s disappointing to lose our captain and a match-winner but it is an opportunity for someone else to step up and make runs,” he said. “We’re lucky to have guys like Jacques Kallis, Aiden Blizzard and Jason Roy who are all capable of playing a match-winning innings.”
Compounding the blow, the injury will deny Hussey the opportunity to captain the Prime Minister’s XI against England in Canberra on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, popular Sydney Sixers’ fast bowler Doug Bollinger said when he marks out his run-up in Sunday night’s match against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba it would be a chance to add some much-needed scalps to his Big Bash tally and yet another audition for Australian honours.
In his five Big Bash matches this season the left-armer has captured just three wickets, however, he insisted the numbers don’t reflect the way he’s bowled. “I’d love a few more wickets, there’s no doubt about that, but as I said to [Sixers’ bowling coach] Geoff Lawson the other day, my run-up is good, the ball feels as though it’s coming out really well but I just need a bit of luck to get some more wickets,” he said.
“But that’s Twenty20 cricket and I’ll just have to keep crunching away … and keep my fingers crossed. I feel good, I feel really fit and feel as though I’m bowling well. I just need the wheel to turn in my favour.”
Bollinger, who played the last of his 12 Tests for Australia in 2010, was determined to make an impression in what remained of the league and then the second half of the Sheffield Shield season to force his way into the Ashes squad and capitalise on the stunning form he displayed during his stint with English county team, Kent. “I’d love one more go to show them I could still do it,” he said of Australian selection.