The Sydney Thunder have gone from zero to hero… and back to zero again over the last few years in the Big Bash League. No team has finished last more often, but can the Green Machine make a rare finals charge in BBL9?
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|Home ground:||Spotless Stadium|
|BBL titles:||1 (BBL05)|
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Sydney Thunder fixture
|Brisbane Heat||Tuesday, December 17||The Gabba||7:10pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Thursday, December 19||GMHBA Stadium||7:10pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Saturday, December 21||Manuka Oval||6:10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, December 28||SCG||7:10pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Tuesday, December 31||Adelaide Oval||7:10pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Thursday, January 2||Sydney Showgrounds||3:40pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Monday, January 6||Sydney Showgrounds||7:10pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Wednesday, January 8||MCG||7:10pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Saturday, January 11||Sydney Showgrounds||6:10pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Wednesday, January 15||Manuka Oval||6:10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, January 18||Sydney Showgrounds||7:10pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Monday, January 20||Perth Stadium||6:40pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Friday, January 24||Blundstone Arena||6:10pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Sunday, January 26||Sydney Showgrounds||2:45pm AEDT|
Sydney Thunder futures betting
Online bookmakers are predicting another tough year for the Thunder, who sit bottom of the barrel in most Big Bash League outright betting markets. However, they could have a few contenders for the tournament runscoring and wicket-taking markets.
Thunder top wicket-taker tips
While they look light on star quality, the Thunder have assembled a very well-balanced bowling unit. Daniel Sams and Chris Tremain bring good pace and clever variations, while spinners Jono Cook, Chris Green and Arjun Nair are all difficult to get away when they get it right.
Thunder top runscorer betting
Shane Watson is gone, but the top-order trio of Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson is loaded with class and experience. Khawaja is out of the national setup at the moment and looks a very good shout to finish as the BBL’s top scorer this season.
Sydney Thunder all-time XI
Despite their constant struggles, the Sydney Thunder have had some serious weapons at their disposal. The fact that many of these weapons were available all in the one season is a big reason why the Thunder were able to claim the ultimate prize in 2015/16.
Chris Gayle and Shane Watson at the top of the order speak for themselves. Some will suggest David Warner should get a run, but he has played only a few games for the Thunder.
Then, it’s the old men controlling things after a couple of wickets. Mike Hussey only added to the myth behind ‘Mr Cricket’ during his time as Thunder captain, leading from the front and making a ton of runs while South African Jacques Kallis – a man who many believe is the best all-rounder to play the game in the last 40 years – delivered runs with the added pressure of having one of the worst hairpieces in international sporting history on his head.
Jos Buttler provides some middle order dash and Andre Russell will be fondly remembered by Thunder fans as the player of the tournament in his side’s title run, dominating with both bat and ball.
1. Chris Gayle
2. Usman Khawaja
3. Shane Watson
4. Mike Hussey
5. Jacques Kallis
6. Jos Buttler
7. Andre Russell
8. Gurinder Sandhu
9. Fawad Ahmed
10. Dirk Nannes
11. Clint McKay
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