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Floros looks for Thunder's luck to turn

By Chris Pike
8 January 2014 03:12PM EST

JASON Floros is one Sydney Thunder player impressing with limited opportunities and he is confident that luck will soon turn his team's way to end a 17-game Big Bash League losing streak.

Even though the Thunder have shown vastly improved form this BBL season on last year's tournament, the fact remains they are still winless from four games and now have lost 17 straight matches to be without a victory since winning their very first two Big Bash clashes back in 2011.

Once again, the Thunder showed some good signs in their last game on Friday night at the WACA Ground against the Perth Scorchers, particularly with the bat making a strong start to the innings and then finishing strongly with Floros hitting 37 not out to end up making 6-157 from 20 overs.

The Scorchers didn’t have much trouble chasing down that total, but when any team is on a losing run luck tends to go against them and that's exactly what happened against the Scorchers.

Their innings included Eoin Morgan being given run out unluckily when starting to fire on 48 despite it appearing that the shoulder of his bat was grounded behind the crease.

Simon Katich played a match-winning knock of 75 for the Scorchers, but Floros came on to bowl the eighth over and had him trapped in front LBW.

Replays and Hawkeye showed it was out, but the umpire disagreed and that had a big say in the Thunder remaining winless.

"There isn’t much you can do about that luck. You just have to keep doing the basics right and hopefully that turns around for us," Floros said.

"That's the way cricket goes, you win some decisions and lose some. Hopefully in the second half of the tournament we get some to go our way.

"I thought it was pretty close but the umpire said it was going down leg. I heard a few rumours since we got off down the grapevine, though, that it might have been hitting leg stump."

Floros was in good form with the bat at the WACA Ground with his 37 from 24 balls with three fours and two sixes as he remained not out at the finish, and he was happy to at least ensure his team made a competitive total.

"I was just trying to take it as deep as we could and bat as long as I could, and you know at this ground that if you are there at the end and have seen a few balls, that you can catch up the runs pretty quickly," Floros said.

"It was one of those totals where the second batting side isn’t sure how to go about it. It's not one where you have to come out blazing and it's not one where you can just get yourself in with. We were definitely positive, but we had a bit of bad luck and some bad bowling mixed in with it makes it hard to win games."

Floros might be coming in late in the order for the Thunder and used sparingly with his off-spinners, but is finding a way to contribute well whenever he gets a chance.

Floros has scored 55 runs in three innings so far this BBL campaign at a strike rate of 137.5 with five fours and three sixes while with the ball, he has only bowled the one over against the Scorchers but it just happened to be quite an impressive one.

"There's not a huge amount of opportunities at the moment but I'm just trying to do what I can," Floros said.

"If I get into bat, I'm trying to bat to the end and if I get a bowl I try to not get hit over the fence."

The Thunder now returns to BBL action on Wednesday night against the Brisbane Heat at ANZ Stadium looking to put it all together and end the losing run.

Helping that cause should be the addition to their line-up of Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis and key batsman Usman Khawaja returning from a hamstring injury.

"We are putting bits and pieces of a game together, and you mix that with not a lot of luck then it's hard to get up in games. But we are showing some good signs and hopefully we can improve for the second half of the tournament," he said.

"Winning is definitely a habit and at the moment we don’t have it, but there isn’t much more we can do than keeping on trying to get over the line to get that monkey off our back. We are playing some good cricket, it's just about putting that complete game together but we don’t think we are too far away."

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bbl 14 January 2014 5:57PM

Who will win the mach today. Melbourne Renegades (vs)
Sydney Thunder