Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder are one of the two professional T20 cricket BBL teams playing out of Sydney. Like Sydney Sixers, the Sydney Thunder are also the successors of New South Wales Blues who used to be a part of KFC T20 Big Bash which is now defunct. Their team uniform colour is Lime green.

Sydney Thunder made the debut in the inaugural season of BBL in 2011-2012. They have been one of the worst teams in BBL history. They did win the championship in the fifth season in 2015-16 beating Melbourne Stars by 3 wickets. However, apart from this peak and some good performances last year, they have been really poor through the BBL history.

Unsurprisingly, Sydney Thunders have the lowest win percentage in BBL. In the 90 games they played so far, Sydney Thunders have won just 32 matches and have lost a whopping 55 matches with 3 matches resulting in a washout. Their recent history is slightly better with 5 wins in the last 10 games.

Until 2015, Sydney Thunders home ground was ANZ Stadium in New South Wales. Since then they have shifted base to Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales which has a sitting capacity of about 22,000 spectators. International cricketer Callum Ferguson has been their captain since the last season, and the legendary New Zealand pacer Shane Bond is their head coach.

Sydney Thunder Fixtures

completed
12 Dec 2020,
Manuka Oval,
Big Bash League 10
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
8-169
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
9-147
completed
14 Dec 2020,
Manuka Oval,
Big Bash League 10
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
6-180
Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat
6-178
completed
22 Dec 2020,
Manuka Oval,
Big Bash League 10
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
3-156
Perth Scorchers
Perth Scorchers
5-152
completed
26 Dec 2020,
Manuka Oval,
Big Bash League 10
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
8-209
Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Renegades
80
completed
29 Dec 2020,
Manuka Oval,
Big Bash League 10
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
7-219
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
144
completed
01 Jan 2021,
Metricon Stadium,
Big Bash League 10
Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Renegades
6-166
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
2-117
completed
04 Jan 2021,
Brisbane Cricket Ground,
Big Bash League 10
Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat
5-175
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
8-174
completed
07 Jan 2021,
Optus Stadium,
Big Bash League 10
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
8-128
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
5-167
completed
09 Jan 2021,
Optus Stadium,
Big Bash League 10
Perth Scorchers
Perth Scorchers
6-185
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
168
completed
13 Jan 2021,
Manuka Oval,
Big Bash League 10
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
6-166
Sydney Sixers
Sydney Sixers
5-132

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Sydney Thunder fixtures will begin on 12th December 2020 with match number 3 of BBL|10 against Melbourne Stars – the same team they had beaten to clinch the trophy back in 2015-16. 

So far, they have won 6 matches in 13 games against the Stars. Next, they will be up against Brisbane Heat – just 2 wins in 11 games so far. Sydney Thunder have had to endure the same fate against Melbourne Renegades – just 2 wins in 11 matches.

Sydney Thunder has a decent record against Adelaide Strikers with 6 win and 6 losses with a couple of washouts. Against Perth Scorchers, the win percentage is about 45%. 

They have a win percentage of 35% against the arch-rivals Sydney Sixers – 6 wins in 17 matches – and 38% against Hobart Hurricanes – 5 wins in 13 matches.

As per the current stats, Sydney Thunders have not won more matches than they have lost against any opposition in this tournament history. They would dearly want to change that in the upcoming BBL|10.

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

The Sydney Thunder Team is one of the least successful teams in BBL. They started poorly in the first three seasons from 2011-12 to 2013-14 standing last in the points table at the end of the league stage. The fourth season in 2014-15 wasn’t any good either as they ended the league stage at the second last position.

After barely managing to qualify for the semi-final stage in the fifth season in 2015-16 with just 4 wins in 8 games, Sydney Thunder upped their game significantly in the knockouts. They comprehensively defeated Adelaide Strikers in the semi-final and managed to chase down the target in the last over in the final against Melbourne Stars to win the championship.

It seemed this championship win would help improve Sydney Thunder’s performances, but that wasn’t the case. In the next season in 2016-17 (BBL|06), they yet again ended up last in the points table at the end of the league stage. The next two seasons, BBL|07 and BBL|08 weren’t that great either as Sydney Thunder failed to qualify for the playoffs in both of them. Last year, they went as far as challenger round in the playoffs but failed to reach the finals.

The Sydney Derby popularly known as Sydney Smash is a match that is contested between two rival franchises based out of Sydney – the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers. For the first four seasons, the Sixers had won all the 7 Sydney Smash matches. 

In the fifth season, the Sydney Thunder were finally able to win, not one, but two consecutive Sydney Smash matches. Overall, the Sydney Smash scorecard is 11-6 in favour of Sydney Sixers.

Sydney Thunder doesn’t have a lot of international experience in the Squad. There aren’t many significant ones apart from the batters like Usman Khawaja (AUS) and Alex Hales (ENG) and captain Calum Ferguson (AUS) who has a little bit of international experience. 

In a bid to address this issue, they have added Sam Billings (ENG), Ben Cutting (AUS) and Adam Milne (NZ) to the squad. Bowlers like Cutting and Milne are a good addition considering that the Sydney Thunder do not have a formidable bowling attack. The team looks much better with the addition of the new players.

NameRole
Callum Ferguson ©Batter
Sam BillingsBatter
Alex HalesBatter
Usman KhawajaBatter
Alex RossBatter
Jason SanghaBatter
Jonathan CookBowler
Ben CuttingBowler
Brendan DoggettBowler
Chris GreenBowler
Nathan McandrewBowler
Adam MilneBowler
Daniel SamsBowler
Tanveer SanghaBowler
Chris TremainBowler
Matthew GilkesWicketkeeper
Baxter HoltWicketkeeper
Olive DaviesBatter
Sydney Thunder squad for BBL 10

Sydney Thunder Players

It’s a great responsibility on the current set of Sydney Thunder players, old and new, to change the image of this team. They have been below par and must be keen to change that in BBL|10.

The batting unit of this Sydney Thunder squad is led by the stylish left-hander with immense talent – Usman Khawaja – who has represented Australia in all the formats of the game. He is the top scorer for Sydney Thunder with 1380 runs in 42 innings at the top of the order. He averages a healthy 37.30 with a decent strike rate of close to 130. 

Alex Hales was included in the Sydney Thunder roster last year in BBL|09 in which he scored 576 runs – most by a player in a season for Sydney Thunder – with a strike rate of close to 150. These two along with captain Calum Ferguson, who has 920 runs for Sydney in three seasons (and 1530 overall in BBL), and newly included Sam Billing would for the core of the batting in the Sydney Thunder squad.

Daniel Sams, who has signed a three-year contract extension with Sydney Thunder, will be their prime bowler going into the BBL|10 season. He is a left-arm fast-medium bowler who has taken 52 wickets in 32 matches for Sydney Thunder so far. Last year, he took 30 wickets in 17 games with a strike rate of a wicket every 2 overs and economy of under 8 runs per over. New international addictions will support him in the Sydney Thunder roster, namely, Ben Cutting and Adam Milne.

Leading Runs Scorer
  • Alex Hales – 576 at 38.40
  • Usman Khawaja – 388 at 22.82
  • Callum Ferguson – 376 at 28.92

Top Run Scorers in 2020 T20 Matches

Leading Wicket Taker
  • Daniel Sams – 30 at 15.36
  • Chris Morris – 22 at 19.36
  • Jonathan Cook – 13 at 25.15

Top Wicket Takers in 2020 T20 Matches

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