The Sydney Thunder have gone from zero to hero… and back to zero again over the last few years in the Big Bash League.
Can they bounce back again in BBL08?
Here’s a fact that no Thunder fan will enjoy – no team has finished last more.
An incredible four wooden spoons – and one second-last finish – was intersected by a triumph in BBL05 when the Thunder punctuated their first finals appearance with one of the most unlikely Grand Final victories in the history of the format.
The Thunder have had their fair share of superstars don the bright green jersey, but do they have the troops to climb into the playoffs this summer?
About the Sydney Thunder
|Home ground:||Spotless Stadium|
|Coach:||Paddy Upton (South Africa)|
|BBL titles:||1 (BBL05)|
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Sydney Thunder fixture
|Melbourne Stars||Friday, December 21, 2018||TBC||7.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Monday, December 24, 2018||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Friday, December 28, 2018||Blundstone Arena||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Monday, December 31, 2018||Adelaide Oval||7.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Wednesday, January 2, 2019||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Saturday, January 5, 2019||Metricon Stadium||6.15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Tuesday, January 8, 2019||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, January 13, 2019||Spotless Stadium||2.45pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Thursday, January 17, 2019||The Gabba||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Tuesday, January 22, 2019||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Thursday, January 24, 2019||Optus Stadium||9.40pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Wednesday, January 30, 2019||Marvel Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, February 2, 2019||SCG||7pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Saturday, February 9, 2019||TBC||6.15pm AEDT|
Sydney Thunder squad
Sydney Thunder futures betting
Online bookmakers are predicting another tough year for the Thunder, who sit bottom of the barrel in most outright betting markets for 2018/19 Big Bash title. However, they could have a few contenders for the tournament runscoring and wicket-taking markets.
Most wickets betting
The best of the bowlers is Pat Cummins, but he won’t see a lot of game time in the BBL this season. Fawad Ahmed was excellent last term with 12 wickets and should deliver more of the same on Spotless Stadium’s slower-than-average pitches.
Most runs betting
Joe Root is a massive recruit and Jos Buttler is a certified star, but both will only hang around until mid-January. Look to the evergreen Shane Watson to churn out runs like he keeps doing in T20 cricket leagues all over the world.
Sydney Thunder all-time XI
Despite five failed seasons out of their first six in the competition, 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.
David Warner and Shane Watson at the top of the order speak for themselves. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better home-grown opening line up in the history of this format.
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 hair pieces in international sporting history on his head.
Eoin Morgan 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. David Warner
2. Usman Khawaja
3. Shane Watson
4. Mike Hussey
5. Jacques Kallis
6. Eoin Morgan
7. Andre Russell
8. Pat Cummins
9. Ajantha Mendis
10. Gurinder Sandhu
11. Clint McKay
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