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Sydney Sixers new recruit Trent Lawford made his BBL debut in tonight’s season opener against the Sydney Thunder at Spotless Stadium.

THE HOME GROUND: Read more at Sydney Sixers

Lawford picked up the wicket of danger man Ben Rohrer on his way to figures of 1 for 12 from two overs.

“I was very pleased to make my debut tonight in the Sydney Smash,” said the Sixers big man.

“Unfortunately it didn’t go our way, but I was chomping to the bit to get the ball in my hand tonight and to be able to execute my skill and my role in the team.”

Lawford may have found a new role bowling at the death overs, filling the void left by Sixers great Brett Lee.

“Over the last few weeks I’ve been practicing my death bowling in case I had the opportunity. I believe I showcased it in the practice matches we had leading into it.”

Though Lawford only bowled two overs in tonight’s clash, he acknowledged that he would be more than happy to fulfil any role the captain had in mind.

“If my role is going to be bowling at the end – only one or two overs – I’ll just do my role.”

Thunder skipper Michael Hussey was the opposition’s best with an unbeaten 80*, and for Lawford, bowling to an Australian cricketing hero was something he’ll never forget.

“Bowling to Michael Hussey today is like a childhood dream really. Watching him play for Australia. Unfortunately I didn’t get him out, but again he didn’t hit me for many runs, so [I’m] very happy.”

Leading in to the side’s first home clash of BBL|05 this Sunday against the Hobart Hurricanes, Lawford stressed that not a lot has to be done to turn around the team’s fortunes.

“Today just wasn’t our day. We’ll just go to train [over] the next couple of days and just tweak a few things, a few more fielding drills, and hopefully just nail it.”

STORY FILED FOR THE SYDNEY SIXERS

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