Cricket 2020: BBL live blog, Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades scores, teams
The last time the Sydney Thunder played in Canberra, a thick layer of smoke stopped play. It was particularly tough for batsman Alex Ross.
Pattinson hits back with five-wicket haul
Welcome to our live coverage of the BBL clash between the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval.
While skipper Aaron Finch plunders runs in Mumbai, his Renegades teammates are struggling to find their first victory of the season as the Big Bash passes the mid-way point.
After registering nine consecutive losses, the men in red’s hopes of going back-to-back are quickly dwindling.
Meanwhile, the Thunder will be eager to secure a much-needed win in Canberra, pushing themselves up four spots on the BBL ladder.
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Play is scheduled to commence at 6:10pm AEST.
Renegades to bat first at Manuka
Dan Christian won the that flip and the Renegades will at first at Manuka Oval.
Thunder XI: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Jay Lenton (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Jono Cook, Brendan Doggett, Liam Bowe
Renegades XI: Shaun Marsh, Marcus Harris, Sam Harper (wk), Beau Webster, Will Sutherland, Dan Christian (c), Mohammad Nabi, Samit Patel, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Andrew Fekete
Bushfires hit home for BBL batsman Ross
Alex Ross is asthmatic but it is the Kangaroo Island bushfires that have worried him the most in recent weeks, rather than smoke that halted a recent BBL game in Canberra.
Sydney Thunder batsman Ross hails from South Australia and owns a property on Kangaroo Island, which has been a flashpoint in the national bushfire crisis.
A catastrophic bushfire has scorched half of the area, killing two people, destroying homes and livelihoods while taking an enormous toll on wildlife plus livestock.
Ross, thankful his house is on the eastern side of the island and safe, says the unprecedented damage has weighed on his mind a lot this summer.
“I’ve got friends who have been fighting the fires, trying to protect farms,” the 27-year-old told AAP.
“To know that friends and family are at the frontline is pretty scary.
“Basically half the island is burnt. Knowing two thirds of the island was in direct emergency levels was extremely frightening.
“It’s a terrible time for Australia in terms of bushfires.”
Thunder are auctioning signed playing shirts, with all proceeds directed to bushfire relief.
Ross undertook his own fundraising initiative last week, using social media to give fans a chance to own a pair of his match-worn gloves plus those of Thunder captain Callum Ferguson.
Furthermore, Ross now intends on using his holiday home to raise more funds.
“The dates that people were staying, I’ll be putting them up. If anybody books on those dates, the proceeds will go to the bushfire fund,” Ross said.
Tonight's @BBL match between @ThunderBBL and @StrikersBBL has been abandoned due to dangerous and unreasonable playing conditions, caused by smoke. Both teams will receive one point each.
Our thoughts remain with all those affected by the ongoing bushfire emergency. pic.twitter.com/fHMLVn6pmO
The Thunder host Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval on Wednesday night, marking the first BBL match in the nation’s capital since smoke forced the abandonment of a game on December 21.
The game was called off with Ross’s team in the box seat to win but he knows the right call was made to halt their chase.
“The safety of players and fans is paramount … that was unbelievable,” Ross said.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like it, almost like a wall of smoke came across.
“I was finding it quite difficult in the field.”
An unbeaten 32 from Ross delivered a final-over victory over Hobart last Saturday, while he also ushered the Thunder to a final-over win against the Renegades earlier this season.
“Everyone feels pressure. Pressure creates mistakes … but if you hold it together for longer you’ll see some errors from the opposition,” he said.
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