Sydney opens fire for Big Bash
EIGHT years ago Stuart MacGill, well and truly in his prime, played in the first-ever professional Twenty20 tournament, turning out for county side Nottinghamshire for five pool matches in 11 days during the English summer.
The competition was called, quite simply, the Twenty20 Cup, and was the England and Wales Cricket Board's experimental initiative to boost spiralling domestic crowds.
Last night, an older and slightly wider MacGill was a central figure in the first match of Australia's new Twenty20 Big Bash League, coming out of a three-year retirement to assist the Sydney Sixers to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Brisbane before a crowd of 12,285 at the SCG.
The finishing touches were put on by the home side's captain, Brad Haddin, whose brutal 76 from 59 balls included five sixes and saw the Sixers coast to a target of 140 with eight balls remaining.
MacGill, however, played no small part. This was, of course, a long way from some of his finest outings in a 44-Test career that reaped 208 wickets, but it was quite literally a vintage performance.
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