Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder, one of the two teams that are playing from Sydney in BBL, is an Australian domestic T20 franchise playing in Big Bash League. They have been part of this league since 2011-12 which was the inaugural edition of BBL. Sydney Showground Stadium which is famous for conducting domestic cricket matches in Sydney Olympic Park is the home ground of this team and has a capacity of 22,000.

Sydney Thunder have struggled a lot in the first 4 seasons of BBL as they finished at 8th position in the league stages of the first 3 seasons and 7th in the 4th season of BBL.

They had been awarded wooden spoons for the first three seasons and the 4th one later on in the BBL season 6. Overall, with 4 wooden spoons, the Thunder have the highest number of wooden spoons in BBL.

Sydney Thunder have 3 wooden spoons in the first three BBL seasons. Overall, they have 4 wooden spoons.

Cricket Betting

From the bottom to top, the Thunder made a solid comeback in the BBL|5 to win their first title by defeating Melbourne Stars in the final. They have been qualifying for the playoffs in the last two years. However, except for these 3 seasons, they haven’t done well in BBL history.

Sydney Thunder have played 105 BBL games so far till BBL|10 from which they have managed to win just 40 games and have a win percentage of 39.70% – the lowest winning percentage in the BBL history.

The Thuder have the lowest win record in BBL history at 39.70%.

Cricket Betting

Though the Thunder have 1 title to their name, they lost 62 matches so far in BBL history while 3 matches were washouts. They have been in the process of changing their records of BBL and have been consistent in the last few seasons. In BBL|10 they finished at 3rd place in the league stage with 8 wins from 14 games.

The Australian international Usman Khawaja has taken over the captaincy of this team from Callum Ferguson this year and will try to set new highs with his leadership skills. The Thunder have also changed coaching staff and have handed over the coaching position to Trevor Bayliss – Australia’s experienced batter in first-class cricket. It will be interesting to see whether Sydney Thunder will be able to beat some of the big teams in the upcoming BBL|11.

Sydney Thunder Fixtures

While heading towards the 11th season of the Big Bash League, Sydney Thunder will face Brisbane Heat in the second match of BBL|11 on 6th December 2021 at home.

When is the Next Sydney Thunder Match?

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The Thunder would be worried about such a tough match first up as they have the lowest win percentage of 21.08% against Brisbane Heat so far in BBL history. They have won only 3 games out of a total of 14 games against this dominant opponent. They would try to change fortunes in their favour by taking advantage of home conditions to start BBL on a good note.

After facing their arch-rivals, they will play their next 2 back-to-back away and then a home game against Melbourne Stars. They will try to gain momentum from here as they have a decent record against Melbourne Stars with a win percentage of 46.67% with 7 wins in 15 matches so far.

The team will play against Brisbane Heat in an away match followed by a match against the defending champions Sydney Sixers in the derby. The Thunders have won just 7 out of 19 matches against the Sixers.

Next, they face another tough prospect against Perth Scorchers – the three-time title winners – against whom they have won 6 out of 13 matches. The Thunder will face Adelaide Strikers in their 7th match. The Strikers is the only franchise in BBL against whom they have tie-in wins and defeats with a win percentage of 50%.

On the other hand, against all the remaining franchises, the Thunder have lost more matches than they have won. They would be very keen to change their records against all these opponents in the BBL|11 and try to add one more trophy in their account of BBL titles.

Big Bash League 2020 Table

Team Pld Won Lost Tied N/R Net RR Pts
1 Sydney Sixers 14 9 5 0 0 0.257 36
2 Perth Scorchers 14 8 5 0 1 0.851 32
3 Sydney Thunder 14 8 6 0 0 0.949 31
4 Brisbane Heat 14 7 7 0 0 -0.286 29
5 Adelaide Strikers 14 7 7 0 0 0.105 28
6 Hobart Hurricanes 14 7 7 0 0 -0.187 28
7 Melbourne Stars 14 5 8 0 1 0.14 24
8 Melbourne Renegades 14 4 10 0 0 -1.727 16

Sydney Thunder Team

Sydney Thunder and predictions don’t go hand in hand with each other. They were at the bottom of the points table in the first four seasons. Out of the blue, they went on to clinch their first BBL title in the fifth season by beating Melbourne Stars.

What followed then was the bottom place again in the next two seasons. They found their mojo in BBL9 & BBL10 by qualifying for Challenger and Knockout rounds respectively. Sydney Thunder are hoping to carry their form in their quest to win their second BBL trophy this season.

Sydney Thunder surprised everyone by delisting their most successful captain Callum Ferguson (Winning percentage: 53.22%). Thunder selected Usman Khwaja to lead this season. But his inclusion in the Ashes squad opened the door for Chris Green to take the baton.

Golden Bat winner Alex Hales’ return for the consecutive season will fancy head coach Trevor Bayliss to draw the plans for a successful season. Sam Whiteman, Jason Sangha, and Matthew Gikes will look forward to company Hales in the top-order.

Two more Englishmen – Sam Billings and Saqib Mahmood are set to boost the Sydney Thunder roster. Billing will not only keep the gloves but also strengthen the middle-order for Thunder. Saqib Mahmood looks like an ideal replacement for Kiwi pacer Adam Milne. However, it’s Alex Ross on which Thunder will have their eyes glued on. ‘The Sweepologist’ is most likely to play all the games this season.

Oliver Davies will miss the first few games until he recovers from the broken thumb. Experienced Daniel Sams and Ben Cutting will reprise their roles of all-rounders. Both played a crucial role for Thunder last season by scoring 480 runs collectively in 21 innings at an average of 40. Cutting has 153 sixes in 171 games so far.

Ross and Cutting could be the finishers Thunder needed in the last few seasons. Arjun Nair has been added in place of injured Brendan Doggett. Nair who lost his main contract will add spin options to the bowling unit. Tanveer Sangha will be the leader of the pack after a breakout season last year.

Overall Thunder have good bowling depth this season. Nathan McAndrew and Chris Tremain will be on the bench due to injuries causing the Thunder to lose their key players.

Alex HalesBatter
Alex RossBatter
Baxter HoltWicketkeeper
Ben CuttingBowler
Brendan DoggettBowler
Chris GreenBowler
Chris TremainBowler
Daniel SamsAllrounder
Gurinder SandhuBowler
Jason SanghaBatter
Jonathan CookBowler
Matthew GilkesWicketkeeper
Nathan McAndrewBowler
Oliver DaviesBatter
Sam BillingsBatter
Saqib MahmoodBowler
Tanveer SanghaBowler
Usman KhawajaBatter
Sydney Thunder BBL|11 Squad

Sydney Thunder Players

Let’s have a look at some of the important players for Syndey Thunder ahead of BBL season 11.

Alex Hales – It was a hail of a ride for Hales to join the Thunder camp season. The destructive opener was stuck in controversy after his 12-year-old image made rounds on social media. But after an apology, Hales was added to the roster. The Nottinghamshire batter scored 543 runs including a century in the last season at a strike rate of 161.60. So far more than 1000 runs in contribution from the Thunder opener make him the player to look out for this season.

Tanveer Sangha – Sangha caught the eyes of the Cricket Australia selectors after claiming 21 wickets in 15 matches at an economy of 8.08. The 20-year-old was awarded a spot in Australia’s T20I team for the New Zealand tour. Sangha has the opportunity to embrace the breakout summer and to improve his chances of getting picked for T20Is.

Ben Cutting – What if we say only Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell have more sixes than Ben Cutting in the history of Big Bash? Yes, you heard that right. 153 sixes in 181 matches make Cutting more of a finisher. Cutting kills it when it comes to playing pace. His strike rate against the pace is 170.99. But he needs improvement in facing spinners. Cutting scored 180 runs last season at a strike rate of 156.42. The handy-bowler also picked 4 wickets at an economy of 7.65.

Sydney Thunder WBBL

The defending champions Sydney Thunder Women are one of the two teams are playing out for Sydney. They have been part of this league since its inaugural season which they ended up winning. Currently, they have 2 titles in 6 years under the captaincy of Alex Blackwell and Rachael Haynes. The second title came in the last WBBL season defeating Melbourne Stars by 7 wickets.

They currently have Indian spinner Deepti Sharma and the charismatic opener Smriti Mandhana from India in their squad after Harmanpreet Kaur last played for them back in 2018.

Heather Knight has led the batting order of the team last season scoring 446 runs in 16 matches at an average of 40.54 to be the 4th highest run-scorer of the last season. The Thunder Women’s team has a well-balanced squad that must be looking forward to defending the title this season.

Anika LearoydAllrounder
Corinne HallAllrounder
Deepti SharmaAllrounder
Hannah DarlingtonAllrounder
Jessica DavidsonAllrounder
Olivia PorterAllrounder
Phoebe LitchfieldBatter
Rachael Haynes*Batter
Smriti MandhanaBatter
Kate PetersonBowler
Lauren SmithBowler
Sam BatesBowler
Sammy-Jo JohnsonBowler
Tahlia WilsonWicketkeeper
Leading Runs Scorer
  • Alex Hales – 543 at 38.78
  • Callum Ferguson – 405 at 31.15
  • Usman Khawaja – 338 at 24.14

Most runs (and average) in the last BBL season from the Sydney Thunder squad.

Leading Wicket Taker
  • Tanveer Sangha – 21 at 8.08
  • Nathan McAndrew – 15 at 9.75
  • Chris Green – 13 at 8.61

Most wickets (and economy) in the last BBL season from the Sydney Thunder squad.