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 finals charge this summer? Here is everything you need to know about the Thunder for the 2021/22 BBL campaign.
About the Sydney Thunder
|Home ground:||Spotless Stadium|
|BBL titles:||1 (BBL05)|
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Sydney Thunder fixture
|Brisbane Heat||Monday, December 6||Manuka Oval||7:15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Friday, December 10||MCG||7:15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Sunday, December 22||Sydney Showgrounds||7:15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Sunday, December 19||The Gabba||6:15pm AEST|
|Sydney Sixers||Sunday, December 26||Sydney Showground||6:05pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Tuesday, December 28||Manuka Oval||7:15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Friday, December 31||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, January 2||Sydney Showgrounds||7:15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Wednesday, January 5||TBD||TBD|
|Melbourne Renegades||Saturday, January 6||Marvel Stadium||6:05pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 10||UTAS Stadium||7:15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Thursday, January 13||Sydney Showgrounds||4pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, January 15||SCG||7:40pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Wednesday, January 19||Sydney Showgrounds||4:40pm AEDT|
Sydney Thunder squad
Batters: Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Alex Hales, Baxter Holt (wk), Usman Khawaja, Alex Ross, Jason Sangha.
Bowlers: Jono Cook, Mohammad Hasnain, Saqib Mahmood, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain.
Allrounders: Chris Green (c), Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams.
Sydney Thunder futures betting
Most online bookmakers have the Sydney Thunder in the middle of the pack in their Big Bash League outright betting markets. While it might be a stretch for them to win the title, they could have a few contenders for the tournament runscoring and wicket-taking markets.
Thunder top wicket-taker tips
While they might look light on star quality compared to some other teams, the Thunder have assembled a very well-balanced bowling unit. Daniel Sams has emerged as one of the best bowlers in the BBL, and Gurinder Sandhu comes into this season on the back of some terrific domestic form. Emerging leggy Tanveer Sangha is one to keep an eye on as well.
Thunder top runscorer betting
With Usman Khawaja likely to be unavailable for much of the summer due to international commitments, Alex Hales is the clear standout in the Sydney Thunder batting order. Sam Billings is a proven entity at this level, while Alex Ross is a bit of a wildcard in the middle order.
Sydney Thunder all-time XI
- Chris Gayle
- Usman Khawaja
- Shane Watson (c)
- Mike Hussey
- Jacques Kallis
- Jos Buttler (wk)
- Andre Russell
- Chris Green
- Daniel Sams
- Gurinder Sandhu
- Fawad Ahmed
Despite their constant struggles, the Sydney Thunder have had some serious weapons at their disposal over the years. 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 star Jacques Kallis – one of the game’s greatest allrounders – 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.