A four-wicket blitz has Brendan Doggett confident he can produce another strong performance when the Sydney Thunder call.
The Queensland quick marked his return to the Big Bash League by taking 4-22 in the Thunders' 17-run loss to the Perth Scorchers on Saturday night.
It was his first match of BBL10, having been elevated into the Thunders' XI to replace Daniel Sams after the all-rounder suffered his second concussion of the tournament.
Just like Sams has bowled Sydney to victory, Doggett showed promise with a first-over onslaught that claimed openers Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone with identical wickets.
But a Power Surge masterclass from Ashton Turner helped lift the Scorchers to 6-185, handing Shane Bond's side their third loss of the season.
"I enjoyed it, the pitch suited my style of bowling so I was lucky enough to get a few wickets. Unfortunately we didn't get the win so that was disappointing," Doggett said.
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"For myself, it was reassuring. It was my first game of the BBL so far this season, so to put in a strong performance and the side into a good position gives me confidence that when I'm called upon again I can do the same thing.
"We're disappointed, we didn't finish our bowling innings nor start our batting the way we wanted to.
"Sam Billings put on a show on Saturday night, so he's got plenty of confidence heading into the next game which is important. We've all learned our lessons and taking improvements into the next, so hopefully we can get the win."
The Thunder will return to Canberra this week for two additional matches at Manuka Oval, starting with a Sydney derby on Wednesday night.
The Sixers clash will likely see the return of Sams to the Thunder's XI, but Doggett said he'll be ready to step up again if called on.
"I hope we keep winning and win the tournament, if I can be part of that, that's great," he said.
"Sams will come straight back into the side and if that means I have to step out, that's okay because we've all seen what he can do. He's becoming a world class T20 player. It's exciting to get him back but we'll see what happens."
The Thunder sit first on the BBL10 ladder with six matches left, with Doggett confident they can bounce back from their loss and finish the season strong.
"We're going back to Canberra which is one of our home grounds. All the boys are keen to get back there and continue our winning streak we've had at Manuka," Doggett said.
"I have 100 percent faith we can get back to the winning side we are."
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Jan 13: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers
Jan 16: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers
Jan 18: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes