Practice making Sixers Silk-y smooth
IN theory 160 runs in 20 overs sounds like a big score but ask Sydney Sixers batsman Jordan Silk if that's enough to win a match in this summer's Big Bash and he'll tell you probably not.
"Scores of 160 are almost in the past now," Silk said.
"You've got to get that total up around the 180 to 200 to even be competitive. You might not even win some games from there.
"It's definitely changed. Bats are still big and getting bigger and it's a lot easier for guys to clear the rope now."
Silk and his Sydney Sixers teammates are preparing to play at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium on Friday night when they meet Hong Kong in the team's final hit-out before the Big Bash season starts.
"I haven't really seen a lot of their (Hong Kong's) cricket so it's going to be new to me and I'm sure new to a lot of other guys too," the 24 year-old said.
"We're really looking forward to it. It's great exposure for Hong Kong and it's nice for us to get a game in against some good opposition."
This summer the Sixers will field a similar line-up to what the franchise has produced in past editions of Australia's elite Twenty20 competition.
Silk believes this gives the Sixers an advantage as it makes the team feel more like a cricket club rather than simply a franchise.
"Coming in and seeing the same faces, it's nice in a way," he said.
"Everyone's pretty comfortable with how each other plays and we sort of know each other's games pretty well by now, so coming into that and being comfortable in the environment that we're in every time we come here is really important and that's probably a reason why we've done well over the years."
Friday night won't be the first time the right-handed batsman has played at the Stadium.
Last summer he was here as part of the Tasmanian Futures league team that had to field for a lengthy period while Sixers teammate Daniel Hughes made a triple century for NSW.
Silk said he's hoping for a better experience this time.
"I've not many great memories of Coffs so I'm hoping to make some better ones this Friday," he said.
Having made some solid starts for Tasmania this summer in the Sheffield Shield, the former western Sydney boy admits making the transition from four-day cricket to fast paced action the 20 over game provides can take a little bit of adjusting to.
"Thankfully we've got a few practice games this year and I think there's nothing better than playing those practice games before you start," he said.
The Sixers played an intra-club match on Monday and they will play another match today against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI before heading to Coffs Harbour.
With that practice Silk hopes to slip into the role he's become known for.
"I think my role is pretty similar to how it's been in other years and that's to come in and get busy, get the ones and twos, get the batter that's in on strike and look to go myself in those last two or three overs."
If that helps his team score in excess of 180, then the Sixers are in for a successful Big Bash.