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11 January 2017

Brathwaite made an impact on debut in Hobart // Getty

Windies star pushing aside the weight of expectation as he prepares for a Sydney blockbuster at the SCG

Sydney Thunder import Carlos Brathwaite has taken the pressure off himself ever repeating his astonishing World T20 final heroics, as he prepares to play in front of a big KFC Big Bash League derby crowd at the SCG on Saturday.

The iconic venue's biggest BBL crowd of 38,456 for the corresponding fixture last year may well be eclipsed, with a crowd of around 40,000 tipped.

Barbadian Brathwaite, who will be playing just his second game for Thunder, knows how to produce on the big occasion.

He rocketed to fame last year after he smashed four successive last over sixes off England's Ben Stokes to win the World T20 final in India.

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He made a decent debut for Thunder taking 2-31 in and scoring six in their six wicket win over Hobart last Sunday, which kept the champions' season alive.

Brathwaite used a borrowed bat and boots in the game as he was holidaying in England when he got the call to replace injured West Indies teammate Andre Russell.

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His gear was back in Barbados but has now arrived.

He admitted it had been hard been hard meeting the expectation generated by his explosive matchwinning cameo of 34 off 10 balls in Kolkata last year.

"It's very hard. I guess the biggest and most difficult expectation was from myself," Brathwaite said.

"I kind of put those expectations to bed now, I realise I won't hit four sixes in a row probably ever again.

"I'm trying to be consistent as I can."

He was sympathetic towards Russell who enjoyed success in multiple T20 tournaments around the world until breaking down in Australia.

"Obviously it's not the best circumstances to come in," Brathwaite said.

"I spent the night with him the same night I landed, just chilling and chatting.

"I told him I felt he needed a rest, but it's always sad to see someone get injured especially someone you're so close to, someone like him who works as hard as he works and deserves everything that he gets."

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At 2-4 Thunder must win their last two games to have any chance of making the finals.

"I guess the more difficult the challenge the more exciting the ride will be," Brathwaite said.

He celebrated with a dab after getting his first wicket in Hobart and might be displaying similar moves at the SCG.

"I may have to do 40,000 dabs," quipped Brathwaite, referring to the mooted attendance.

"Who knows? It's just spur of the moment."

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