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Returning skipper Shane Watson admits a new-look Sydney Thunder are missing veterans Mike Hussey and Jacques Kallis after a winless start to their BBL title defence.
But the ex-Test allrounder is hopeful his young team can finally "click" when they host Brisbane Heat at Spotless Stadium on Wednesday night.
Watson has been cleared of a calf injury after watching the Thunder's first two games on the sidelines.
And it seems his return couldn't come soon enough.
The Thunder sit in last spot with a 0-2 record after battling without their inspirational skipper during losses against the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades.
Watson admitted they had also felt the absence of South African great Kallis and ex-Test batsman Hussey, who did not return after they inspired the Thunder's maiden BBL title triumph last summer.
Former Thunder captain Hussey is now the club's director of cricket.
"Of course you miss that experience - whether it was Jacques opening the batting or his key overs that he was bowling or Mike with his (international) experience," Watson said.
"There's no doubt we have a younger group and they have made a few mistakes along the way but that happens.
"As long as we learn from them ... we have a good chance of it all clicking."
Watson was just relieved he could do something about the Thunder's underwhelming start to the season.
He has overcome the calf complaint sustained on the Thunder's New Zealand tour earlier this month.
Watson and Academy batsman Kerrod White are in the Thunder squad against the Heat at the expense of Gurinder Sandhu and Arjun Nair.
Meanwhile, Brisbane have made just one change to the squad that defeated Adelaide in their season opener.

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