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 BBL7?
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 BBL5 when the Thunder punctuated its 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 off the bottom of the ladder this summer?
We’ll look at the Thunders’s odds, their squad, fixture and best betting markets in our full team preview.
About the Sydney Thunder
|Home ground:||Spotless Stadium|
|Coach:||Paddy Upton (South Africa)|
|BBL titles:||1 (BBL5)|
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Sydney Thunder fixture
|Sydney Sixers||Tuesday, December 19, 2017||Spotless Stadium||7.40pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Friday, December 22, 2017||Adelaide Oval||7.40pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Wednesday, December 27, 2017||Gabba||7.10pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Saturday, December 30, 2017||US||7.10pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 1, 2018||Spotless Stadium||6.10pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, January 7, 2018||Spotless Stadium||7.10pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Thursday, January 11, 2018||Spotless Stadium||7.40pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, January 13, 2018||SCG||7.20pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Saturday, January 20, 2018||MCG||6.10pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Wednesday, January 24, 2018||TBC||7.40pm AEDT|
Sydney Thunder squad
Sydney Thunder futures betting
There are not many bookmakers that are giving the Thunder a hope of going all the way this season – you’ll get +1200 with Sportsbet.com.au, which is the longest odds in the comp.
Tips for betting on the Sydney Thunder
Who can give the Thunder some hope with bat and ball?
While the squad is weak, there is value to be had in both the run-scoring and wicket-taking futures markets.
Most wickets betting:
The man tagged to do the damage with the ball is New Zealand hired gun Mitchell McClenaghan. McClenaghan has proven a big-game performer and a cult hero in the IPL and will get the new ball and have every opportunity to pick up wickets all season long.
At +140 with CrownBet.com.au, we expect McClenaghan to provide value for money.
Most runs betting:
A look at the Sydney Thunder batting line up will hurt your eyes and your wallet if you don’t choose wisely.
Captain Shane Watson is the favourite at $3, we can’t trust the opener playing out the season without getting injured – given he would break down in his prime, let alone at 36 years of age.
The relative-unknown Kurtis Patterson is attracting attention from bookies and punters for a reason. He’s a solid performer with the bat and will get every opportunity to dig in up the order and play a steady hand. Look to him for value at $3.50 with CrownBet.com.au.
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 Jaques 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. Shane Watson
3. Aiden Blizzard
4. Mike Hussey
5. Jaques Kallis
6. Eoin Morgan
7. Andre Russell
8. Clint McKay
9. Ajantha Mendis
10. Gurinder Sandhu
11. Pat Cummins
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