Sydney Sixers Jordan Silk ready to deal with extra attention in Big Bash season five

Sydney Sixers batsman Jordan Silk finished the last BBL season being hailed as one of the most exciting young cricketers in the nation, but he knows his biggest challenge when his team opens BBL05 against the Sydney Thunder on Thursday night will be dealing with the extra attention.

The 23-year-old, who played for Penrith before relocating to Tasmania in 2012, made a statement last summer with a series of rapid-fire innings, of which the highlight was hammering a match-winning 69 from 43 deliveries against the Thunder when his team required a mammoth 54 runs from the last three overs to avoid their first-ever loss to their cross-town rivals.

“I want to keep scoring runs and I’m looking to contribute to the Sixers winning games, that’s what it’s all about,” said Silk when asked to outline his tournament goals.

“I’m confident that I can take the game to another level because I’m obviously going to get challenged. Teams may put a bit more of a focus and attention in [on me] now, but I’m confident I can withstand that.”

Silk, who ground out a century off an excruciating 341 balls when Tasmania beat Queensland to win the 2012-13 Sheffield Shield title, admitted he drew a lot from that drama-charged night at the SCG when the finals-bound Sixers faced their first loss to the Thunder.

“It’s a big confidence boost for a young player to know he can pull his team out of a tricky situation,” he said. “I do think about it at times. It’s stuff that I train hard for, but at the end you get more out of the team’s success than any individual feat.”

Alongside the likes of Sixers teammates Nic Maddinson and Sean Abbott, Silk has used the Big Bash League to excite television audiences and fans at the ground with his array of skills, including catches that left West Indies great Viv Richard – and other legends, including Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting – expressing shock and awe.

Silk, who is preparing for his third BBL season, admitted something seemed to have “clicked” after he hit his first six for the Sixers last summer.

“Growing up I was a conservative player, I didn’t like getting out so I hit the ball along the ground – that’s what you heard from Bradman, that he always hit the ball along the ground,” he said.

“I was always that style of player and I think you may have seen in BBL03, I’d hit the ball along the ground and run hard, but, as I said, it’s about evolving and that included learning to clear the rope. However, it wasn’t something I practiced, it was in the moment and I was lucky I got a few away. It’s amazing the confidence getting that [first] six provided.

“It’s something I might need to do at the start of my innings this summer. Last year I was able to [hit a six] after 10 or 20 balls, but the team might need me to hit one in my first five deliveries. That’s evolve and adapt.”

Silk revealed his approach to T20 isn’t just smash and bash, and he has started to document elements of his performances for Tasmania in a diary for the Sixers to help him appreciate what worked in particular situations.

“I jot down what I did during the day if I have a good innings and what helped me to get there,” Silk said. “I’m hoping over time I’ll notice there’s a common theme. I only started doing it this season, so I don’t have anything on that night [against the Thunder] but if I had to describe it I’d say ‘freakish’.” This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 老域名购买.

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