Michael Hussey is set to lead Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League for one last time, the Cricket Australia website reported on Wednesday (June 24).
Hussey, who joined the squad before the 2013 season, has scored 435 runs at a strike rate of 135.51 in 14 games so far and said he was still hungry to do well for the team. “For me, the job’s definitely not done at the Thunder,” said Hussey. “We showed a lot of improvement during BBL-04, and I’ve definitely still got that hunger to win which is the main reason to go around one more time.
“Nick (Cummins) and Paddy (Upton) have been working to put together a really strong squad for BBL05, and I think the Thunder will push for finals this season – that’s something I definitely want to be a part of.”
Hussey, however, also acknowledged that he’s not retiring yet. “I’m not 100% sure (on retirement). There might be another opportunity to play in the IPL again, but I’m still weighing that up,” he told the Australian Associated Press. “I’ll see how I pull up from the IPL and make a decision from there, but it’s certainly my last BBL.
“I got through the IPL pretty well, I didn’t play a lot of games over there, but I was certainly doing all the training and felt good and enjoyed the challenge and the contest over there.”
Nick Cummins, the Thunder general manager, has announced that the Spotless Stadium will be their new home for the next ten years. The team has played two games at the venue so far and is yet to register a win.
“We believe that we have the best stadium in Australia to watch BBL cricket, and I can’t wait to see Mike and the rest of the team take the field in front of a packed house,” said Cummins.