Callum Ferguson is in a race against time to debut for the Sydney Thunder on his domestic home ground against the Adelaide Strikers on Friday.
New teammates have been picking Ferguson’s brain on the nuances of the Adelaide Oval wicket ahead of the Big Bash blockbuster, but the South n native is still yet to be given the all clear from a minor quadriceps injury sustained in a practice match last week.
He flew to Adelaide with the squad on Thursday before an evening net session, and will be closely monitored on Friday by team medical staff who will make the final call on his fitness.
The prized recruit missed Tuesday night’s narrow season-opening win over the cross-town Sixers where Arjun Nair hit a single off the final ball to hand the Thunder the narrowest of wins.
Ferguson would have batted at No.4, had he been fit for the contest, and would significantly bolster the squad as it chases a second-straight win to start the BBL season.
Fellow new recruit Mitchell McClenaghan said Ferguson had been a handy source of information ahead of the Strikers clash.
“Ferg said that the wicket’s usually pretty good,” the New Zealand fast bowler said.
“You usually know after the first over, the first couple of overs. That’s what we did well in this last game, we communicated well between us as bowlers quite well, we knew what deliveries to go to and which would be hardest to hit.”
McClenaghan took 2-25 on his Thunder debut, claiming the wicket of Englishman Jason Roy with just his second ball for the western-Sydney franchise.
It was a strong start for the 31-year-old former international, one of the best T20 fast bowlers in world cricket who took 19 wickets for the Mumbai Indians in their IPL-winning season this year.
He was unveiled as a Thunder signing in October, and was instantly taken by the quality of character throughout the squad.
“[They’re] good blokes on and off the field,” McClenaghan said.
“We’ve got a whole group of guys and there are no egos, that’s the most impressive thing. Everyone’s here for the right reasons, I think that’s important as well, and willing to engage with the community.
“We can go out and try and play for ourselves but when we go out and play for the fans, that’s the most important thing and realise there’s people out there who look up to us.
“We’ve got a lot to improve on and nobody’s got too high after that win. It was just one win and it was one tight win.
“That’s the most important thing that we ride the wave and stay pretty constant throughout.”