<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Out-of-form Chris Gayle backed by Sydney Thunder's coach" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130102170047.jpg" title="Out-of-form Chris Gayle backed by Sydney Thunder's coach" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Chris Gayle arrived at Sydney on a reported Australian $250,000 deal</p> </div> <br /> <strong>Sydney: Jan 2, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Sydney-Thunder/post" target="_blank">Sydney Thunder</a> head coach <a href="/tags/Shane-Duff/post" target="_blank">Shane Duff</a> has thrown his support behind embattled <a href="/tags/West-Indies/post" target="_blank">West Indies</a> star <a href="/tags/Chris-Gayle/post" target="_blank">Chris Gayle</a>, following the opener's latest failure.<br /> <br /> Gayle managed just nine runs as Thunder crashed to a four-wicket loss to <a href="/tags/Sydney-Sixers/post" target="_blank">Sydney Sixers</a>, their sixth straight loss in the Australian <a href="/tags/Big-Bash-League/post" target="_blank">Big Bash League</a> , reports CMC.<br /> <br /> "It's always the issue if you're not scoring runs. People think he's not trying," Duff said.<br /> <br /> "But I can assure you he's giving his absolute best to the team. He's just having a bad run at the moment. He's a human being and he's definitely hurting and I know how determined he is to score runs for us and help the team to win a game."<br /> <br /> Gayle arrived at Sydney on a reported Australian $250,000 deal but has scraped together just 70 runs from five innings.