Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges insists AJ Tye will remain his go-to death bowler despite the paceman's nightmare finish in their four-wicket loss to the Hobart Hurricanes.
The Scorchers seemingly had the game in the bag with the Hurricanes needing 14 runs to win in the final over on Friday night.
But James Faulkner only needed three balls to secure victory, cracking Tye for a six, a four, and a six to seal the win.
The result left the Scorchers' finals hopes on thin ice, with Perth (3-6) probably needing to win their remaining five games to scrape through.
Tye is rated as one of the best death bowlers in the country, with his vast array of slower balls a vital weapon.
Voges said Tye's disappointing finish on Friday night wouldn't mean anything going forward.
"He knows he hasn't executed the way he wanted to, but I'd give him the ball to bowl the 20th over next game as well, and know he would probably do the job," Voges said.
"That's one of his greatest strengths. He'll be disappointed about (his performance against Hobart), but he'll bounce back.
"It looked like he was trying to hit his yorkers and just missed his length, and Faulkner hit three pretty good shots.
"AJ's the sort of bloke that I don't think he'll get too down about that, and that's what makes him such a good death bowler."
The Scorchers will be boosted by the return of Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, and possibly Jason Behrendorff for Thursday night's home clash with the Sydney Thunder.
But wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman, who injured his quad while making 68 off 44 against the Hurricanes, is in doubt.
Allrounder David Willey will have scans on his injured shoulder before a decision is made on his availability, while spinner Ashton Agar has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a broken finger that requires surgery.
The Scorchers have never missed the finals in BBL history, winning three titles along the way.
Voges hasn't given up hope of continuing that golden trend, despite the uphill battle they face.
"If we keep having a crack and keep playing to a standard we did against Hobart, I still think we're a dangerous chance in this competition," Voges said.
The Hurricanes sit on top of the table with a 7-1 record, but star import Jofra Archer will need to put in plenty of work at training following his wayward effort against the Scorchers.
Archer was taken out of the attack by the umpires midway through his second over after bowling two full tosses above waist height, finishing with 0-19 from 1.4 overs.
Australian Associated Press