Sixers admit BBL season on the brink

Dec 26, 2017 - 4:30 PM The Sydney Sixers are desperate for a Big Bash League victory after commencing their season with successive defeats.

The Sixers will attempt to get their campaign back on track against the Adelaide Strikers at the SCG on Thursday with the history books suggesting they require a win to stay alive for a finals place.

No side in the first six seasons of the BBL has lost their opening three matches and gone on to win the competition.

And while the 2017/18 season has been lengthened to 10 regular rounds, giving them extra time to turn it around, Sixers allrounder Sean Abbott admitted they're running low on chances.

"You've got a lot to do from 0-3 and there's probably some stats out there that say you're not much chance of making the finals or getting into the semis if you're 0-3," Abbott said.

"You'd pretty much have to go no losses for the rest of the season. Even then you'd probably end up tied on points with someone else and relying on run rate so it wouldn't be ideal.

"But we're a very confident group heading into the next game."

The 2012/13 Brisbane Heat and 2013/14 Perth Scorchers both started with one win and two losses from their opening three fixtures before going on to win the final.

However, no title victor has been 0-3.

After a last-ball five-wicket loss to the Sydney Thunder and six-wicket defeat to the Perth Scorchers, questions are being asked about the Sixers' ability to put a big score on the board.

After making last season's final, their totals of 149 and 132 in their first two games have proven sub-par but Abbott argued there were promising signs.

"It's definitely not the way we planned to start the season, but it forces us to play good cricket every game and not let our guard down," he said.

"While we haven't put together the game that we wanted to, there have been a lot of positive signs. We've managed to scrap in both games to get to 150 and 130 and keep ourselves in the game.

"We've also improved our powerplay with the bowling. Last year we were very poor in the first six overs and not taking many wickets. Our first two powerplays this year have been very promising."


How former BBL champions have opened their seasons

* 2011/12 -- Sydney Sixers - 2-1

* 2012/13 -- Brisbane Heat - 1-2

* 2013/14 -- Perth Scorchers - 1-2

* 2014/15 -- Perth Scorchers - 2-1

* 2015/16 -- Sydney Thunder - 3-0

* 2016/17 -- Perth Scorchers - 2-1

Source: AAP

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