Sydney Thunder all-rounder Arjun Nair braces for Melbourne Stars challenge

Bag of tricks: Sydney Thunder spinner Arjun Nair will be a key figure for the men in lime green as they look to book a finals spot against the Sydney Sixers. Picture: Sydney Thunder
Bag of tricks: Sydney Thunder spinner Arjun Nair will be a key figure for the men in lime green as they look to book a finals spot against the Sydney Sixers. Picture: Sydney Thunder

Fairfield Liverpool all-rounder Arjun Nair is quickly becoming Mr Everywhere for the Sydney Thunder - and he is relishing his varied role.

The 21-year-old enters Thursday's Big Bash League challenger against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG with modest returns of 67 runs and nine wickets from his 14 games.

But statistics don't tell the full story. Take Saturday night's elimination final win against the Adelaide Strikers. Nair's 18 with the bat (before being unluckily run out at the non-striker's end) ended up being vital in their second-straight knockout win. Throw in two tight overs with the ball, superb ground fielding and a vital catch and suddenly his value in the team becomes apparent.

"I'm happy to do whatever it takes to help the team," Nair told the Champion.

"That's my role in the team to do a bit of everything and I always enjoy facing new challenges whether that be taking the new ball or trying to hit a boundary first ball."

Nair said sticking to their "process and plans" would be the key to negating the Stars powerful line-up led by Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis. A spot in the BBL final on Saturday against the Sydney Sixers is the prize if they can knock-off the Stars at the MCG.

"If we trust our own abilities, the result will take care of itself," he said.

Nair's teammates reached 4-95 before extreme heat forced them from the field on Saturday at Rosedale Oval.

In-form wicketkeeper Raveesh Srivastava (30 not out) will resume for the Lions after play was called off after 44 overs. Srivastava hit 64 on Sunday to help the Lions win their Green Shield semi-final against Blacktown Mounties at Joe McAleer by eight-wickets. The young Lions host Penrith on March 8 for a spot in the final.

Meanwhile, Cricket NSW are running a girls (aged 8 to 15) only coaching clinic for new and existing cricketers in the Fairfield/Liverpool region on February 11 and 18 at Brownes Farm Reserve.

Current players will have the opportunity to train with first grade women's players and level 2 coaches, while new players will be able to experience cricket in a safe and fun environment.

  • Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
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