Sydney Thunder paceman Dirk Nannes admitted his team’s recent performances had been below par, but said time would be the only remedy for the beleaguered Big Bash League outfit.
Speaking in the wake of a 73-run thrashing at the hands of Ben Dunk and the Hobart Hurricanes, the Thunder’s 19th consecutive defeat, Nannes was nothing if not honest in his appraisal of the side’s BBL campaign.
“Our first four games were pretty decent but the last couple of games we haven’t been very competitive,” he said.
“We’ve got to think on our feet a little better. I thought it took us too long to adjust to what the wicket was and how we should be bowling on it.
“We’ve got to get better at that, better at the simple things and playing smart.”
Some 750 days have passed since the Thunder last won a BBL match, a statistic that suggests the record losing streak is the result of widespread inexperience as much as poor form.
“I don’t think it’s a form thing,” Nannes said.
“Look at the experience across our group, a form thing means there’s ups and downs but these guys are still wet behind the ears.
“The more we play hopefully these guys are learning and everyone in our team is learning, and hopefully there’s a win around the corner.”
Having been on the receiving end of Dunk’s clean hitting, Nannes heaped praise on the Hobart opener who now holds the record for fastest half-century and highest score this BBL season.
“It was chalk and cheese between him and anyone else in the game really, so hats off to him. He won the game right from the start,” Nannes said.
The modest ‘keeper-batsman smashed 96 runs from 54 deliveries as the Hurricanes racked up 5-167 from their 20 overs.
“I think I was fortunate enough to be in at the right time,” he said.
“The new ball skidded on and they were probably a touch slower in terms of getting the tactics right.
“More importantly we got the win. It was a pretty ordinary loss in Perth and the onus was squarely on our batting group and to bounce back in four days, have that turnaround and post a really competitive score.”