Michael Hussey and Nic Maddinson captains of Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers respectively © Getty Images
Michael Hussey and Nic Maddinson captains of Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers respectively © Getty Images

Sydney Thunder skipper Michael Hussey has said that his side will aim to erase ghosts from the past when they take on the Sydney Sixers in the opening game of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2015 in Sydney on Thursday. The 40-year-old former Australian batsman, who led his side in last year’s edition of the league, said that the loss to their cross-town rivals in final game of the group stage of BBL 4 “”hurt the most”. Thunder are yet to beat the Sixers in the BBL after facing off on seven occasions. Hussey added that the current squad has it in them to get their first win over the Sixers, as well as to make an impact in the fifth edition of Australia‘s premier Twenty20 tournament. READ: BBL good platform for players to get selected for ICC World T20 2016, says Aaron Finch

Sydney Thunder had posted 154 for 4 in the final of last year’s event, before a blistering cameo by Jordan Silk (69 off 43 balls) helped the Sixers chase the target down successfully with four wickets to spare, with the match going down to the very last ball in what eventually turned out to be a thriller.

“It hurt a lot that night, for sure. It certainly hurt me a lot and I know a few of the guys who were a part of that game last year, it hurt them a lot, too,” Hussey was quoted as saying according to a report on cricket.com.au.

“I don’t think you need any extra motivation in a big game like the start of the tournament, but it certainly did hurt,” added Hussey.

Thunder have been bolstered by the addition of Shane Watson and Andre Russell, who join an impressive squad that contains the likes of Jacques Kallis and Usman Khawaja.

Squads:

Sydney Thunder: Michael Hussey (c), Fawad Ahmed, Ahillen Beadle, Aiden Blizzard, Patrick Cummins, Jake Doran, Chris Green, Chris Hartley, Jacques Kallis, Usman Khawaja, Alister McDermott, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Andre Russell, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson.

Sydney Sixers: Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha (OS), Ryan Carters, Ben Dwarshius, Michael Edwards, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques (c), Trent Lawford, Michael Lumb (OS), Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Stephen O’Keefe, Jordan Silk, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.