The BBL’s West Indian quartet will go from Christmas Day dinner friends to cricketing enemies in a Boxing Day showdown.
The second game of the BBL double header sees the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars playing a late Grand Final rematch.
The Sixers won the title last season but can the Stars hit back and go to the top of the table? The winner of the game will finish the day in first, although the Sixers would be tied with the Hurricanes and Thunder without the Bash Boost.
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Play is scheduled to start at 9.20pm AEDT.
Sixers win the bat flip and bowl
Friends on Christmas Day will however become Boxing Day foes when the four imports square off in a rematch of last year’s final, in which none of them played, and all those niceties will be put to one side.
“Off the field we are good friends, good mates and we’ve got things we chat about pertaining to the culture and stories we have, but once you get on the field, you are playing for the badge, friendships go out the window,” Brathwaite said.
“Yeah, you might share a smile because you do know that person, you have a soft spot for them, but you are contracted to play for a team. So I can assure you there won’t be too many niceties from us to them or from them to us. we’re all as competitive as possible.”
That competitiveness has an underlying motivation too.
Brathwaite and his fellow West Indians are driven to play their best when they get gigs in T20 competitions around the world, to create a pathway for the next generation to ensure Caribbean cricket remains a force.
“For sure. (Kieron) Pollard, (Dwayne)Bravo, Dre Russ, Chris Gayle, those guys have paved the wave for us to be here and it’s incumbent on us to put in enough performances that makes people look towards the West Indies for more players,” he said.
“Trying to keep that trying going along. we do have an extra bit of needle to fight hard and pull through the next generation.”
– by NCA Newswire
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