Thunder coach backs struggling Gayle

Sydney: Thunder head coach Shane Duff has thrown his support behind embattled West Indies star Chris Gayle, following the opener`s latest failure.

Gayle managed just nine runs as Thunder crashed to a four-wicket loss to Sydney Sixers, their sixth straight loss in the Australian Big Bash, reports CMC.

"It`s always the issue if you`re not scoring runs. People think he`s not trying," Duff said.

"But I can assure you he`s giving his absolute best to the team. He`s just having a bad run at the moment.

He`s a human being and he`s definitely hurting and I know how determined he is to score runs for us and help the team to win a game."

Gayle arrived at Sydney on a reported Australian $250,000 deal but has scraped together just 70 runs from five innings.