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Morgan hopes Thunder kick on in BBL

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017 Adrian Warren

Departing Sydney Thunder star Eoin Morgan hopes the dramatic BBL win he secured at the Sydney Showgrounds will prove to be the turning point in the team's rocky title defence.

Morgan thrashed an unbeaten 71 off 50 balls and sealed Wednesday's six-wicket win over Melbourne Stars at Spotless Stadium with a perfectly timed last ball six.

There could be no sweeter leaving present from Morgan, who will head to India, where he'll lead England in three-match T20 and ODI series.

In addition to Morgan's exit, Thunder could also lose fellow import Andre Russell, after he suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday.

The win was Thunder's first in five matches and just about keeps alive their slim finals hopes, despite remaining in last spot on the ladder.

"Two of four games, we could have got over the line, it hasn't been our tournament so far," Morgan said.

'But you know what? You need to time your run in these tournaments.

"I'm hoping that his is going to be the turning point in the competition for us."

Morgan's place at the Thunder will be taken by James Vince, who last year represented England in all three forms of the game.

"He's a very classy player, he's a bit more orthodox than me,' Morgan said.

"In his England experience in the white ball form , he's been brilliant.

"The T20 series he played in the UAE against Pakistan, he got man of the series.

"We (England) have got quite a strong squad of players at the moment so unfortunately he misses out of the tour to India, but (he is) certainly a classy performer."

Morgan said he would love to come back and play a fourth BBL season and noted the growth of the competition since his first campaign in 2013-14.

"It's a completely different tournament, it's grown three or four times," Morgan said.

"The fan base, the popularity and the public's reaction to the tournament as a whole is exceptional."

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