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It was no great surprise when Sydney’s glamour team won in the inaugural T20 Big Bash League title in 2011/12. It took them eight years to add a second title, but they had to wait only one more year to collect a third. Can the Sixers make it three on the bounce with a win in BBL11?

About the Sydney Thunder

Established: 2011
Home ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Coach: Greg Shipperd
Captain: Moises Henriques
BBL titles: 3 (BBL01, BBL09, BBL10)

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Sydney Sixers fixture

Sixers BBL dates
Opponent Date Venue Time (local)
Melbourne Stars Sunday, December 5 SCG 7:15pm AEDT
Hobart Hurricanes Wednesday, December 8 UTAS Stadium 6:35pm AEDT
Hobart Hurricanes Saturday, December 11 SCG 6:35pm AEDT
Melbourne Stars Wednesday, December 15 MCG 7:15pm AEDT
Adelaide Strikers Tuesday, December 21 SCG 7:15pm AEDT
Sydney Thunder Sunday, December 26 Sydney Showgrounds 6:05pm AEDT
Brisbane Heat Wednesday, December 29 SCG 6:05pm AEDT
Melbourne Renegades Saturday, January 1 Coffs International Stadium 7:30pm AEDT
Brisbane Heat Tuesday, January 4 Metricon Stadium 6:15pm AEST
Perth Scorchers Thursday, January 6 Optus Stadium 6:15pm AWST
Perth Scorchers Sunday, January 9 Coffs International Stadium 7:15pm AEDT
Melbourne Renegades Tuesday, January 11 GMHBA Stadium 7:15pm AEDT
Sydney Thunder Saturday, January 15 SCG 7:40pm AEDT
Adelaide Strikers Tuesday, January 18 Adelaide Oval 6:45pm ACST

Sydney Sixers squad

Batters: Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe (wk), Jordan Silk, James Vince.

Bowlers: Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Chris Jordan, Ben Manenti, Steve O’Keefe, Lloyd Pope, Nick Winter.

Allrounders: Sean Abbott, Dan Christian, Moises Henriques (c), Hayden Kerr, Lawrence Neil-Smith.

Sydney Sixers odds and betting tips

Having won the title last summer, the Sydney Sixers come into BBL11 as one of the favourites. Most of Australia’s top cricket bookmakers have them on the top line of BBL outright betting, ahead of the Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars.

Sixers top batsman tips
Daniel Hughes is a consistent accumulator, and the likes of Moises Henriques and James Vince a certified stars at this level, but the young guns look like the way to go this season. Keeper-bat Josh Philippe is the standout after two strong campaigns in BBL09 and BBL10.

Sixers top bowler betting
Ben Dwarshuis is perpetually underrated and will keep picking up wickets with minimal fuss, while Sean Abbott is one of the most prolific bowlers in BBL history. Steve O’Keefe might be at the backend of his career, but he is still one of the most effective spinners in the competition.

All-time Sydney Sixers XI

  1. Nic Maddinson
  2. Josh Philippe
  3. James Vince
  4. Moises Henriques
  5. Jordan Silk
  6. Dan Christian
  7. Sean Abbott
  8. Tom Curran
  9. Mitchell Starc
  10. Ben Dwarshuis
  11. Nathan Lyon

The Sydney Sixers have had a who’s who of cricketing greats through their doors over the years, including Australian stars such as Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Brett Lee and Steve Smith. However, most of those big names have featured only fleetingly in the BBL due to international commitments, meaning it is the stalwarts and rising stars that have done much of the heavy lifting for the Sixers.

Most of these names pick themselves through sheer weight of numbers. The likes of Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis and Jordan Silk have produced year after year in the pink, as did Nic Maddinson before his move to the Melbourne Stars. English imports Tom Curran and James Vince have been hits in the Harbour City, while journeyman allrounder Dan Christian has played a big part in the team’s resurgence.

Some will say Steve O’Keefe should be a walk-up start in this side, but it is hard to ignore Nathan Lyon’s phenomenal record in the BBL (29 matches, 39 wickets, 18.23 average, 15.9 strike rate). The same goes for Mitchell Starc (10 matches, 20 wickets, 14.85 average, 11.2 strike rate), who gets the nod over the likes of Hazlewood, Lee, Jackson Bird and Doug Bollinger.

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