The Sydney Sixers are chasing back-to-back championships this season after famously defeating the Melbourne Stars in last year’s Big Bash League Final.
Only one franchise has ever won consecutive titles throughout the BBL’s nine-year run – the Perth Scorchers in 2013/14 and 2014/15.
The Sixers have plenty of expectations to fulfil this season, so let’s see where they sit in the major BBL betting markets for 2020/21.
Sydney Sixers BBL 2019/20 result
The 2019/20 season couldn’t have gone better for the Sixers, who defeated a strong Melbourne Stars side in a Final that was expected to be rained out.
The Sixers weren’t the best team throughout the season, as they finished second overall for points with nine wins and third-best for net run rate.
A big part of the squad’s improvement came from 23-year-old wicketkeeper Josh Philippe, who had a breakout season with the bat and won the Man of the Match award in the Final.
Sydney Sixers BBL 2020/21 squad
Most of the winning pillars that carried the Sixers last season will return for another year, although English seamer Tom Curran recently pulled out of the tournament.
A handful of Australian international players will miss games throughout the season, but with Josh Philippe, Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope and Jordan Silk still listed, the squad has plenty of depth.
West Indian stars Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder will draw crowds with their all-round brilliance, while Dan Christian adds accurate bowling, power hitting and bags of experience.
Sydney Sixers squad: Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Jason Holder (West Indies), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Lawrence Neil-Smith (replacement player for Jackson Bird), Steve O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Rogers (replacement player for Sean Abbott), Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince (England).
Sydney Sixers 2020/21 BBL betting odds
Big Bash League outright winner
Out of the top four competitors this season, the Sydney Sixers have one of the most balanced teams with loads of all-round talent.
Ben Dwarshuis and Josh Philippe still have room for improvement, which is a scary thought considering how effective they were last season.
Even with Curran pulling out, the Sixers have plenty of bowling depth with Dwarshuis, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Dan Christian, and the spin of Lloyd Pope and Steve O’Keefe.
Once they make the finals and bring back their Australian superstars in Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and possibly Sean Abbott, the Sixers will be very hard to beat.
|Team||BBL outright winner odds|
|Melbourne Stars||+333||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Sydney Sixers||+400||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Adelaide Strikers||+500||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Perth Scorchers||+500||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Brisbane Heat||+600||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Hobart Hurricanes||+700||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Melbourne Renegades||+800||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Sydney Thunder||+1000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
Sydney Sixers top tournament runscorer
It’s never a bad option to take the favourite, and we believe Josh Philippe is the right man for the Sixers.
Not only did the impressive keeper average 37 runs per game in BBL09, but he did it at only 22 years of age. The upside is there for all to see.
James Vince and Daniel Hughes are solid batting options and more experienced players, but we don’t think they will improve and make more runs than Philippe.
Philippe finished third in the league for runs made in BBL09, behind only Alex Hales and Marcus Stoinis, and made 150 more runs than his next teammate.
|Player||Top tournament batsman|
|Josh Philippe||+140||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|James Vince||+230||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Daniel Hughes||+333||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Moises Henriques||+500||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Jordan Silk||+1400||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Dan Christian||+2200||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Jack Edwards||+2200||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Hayden Kerr||+4000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
Sydney Sixers top tournament wicket-taker
With Tom Curran out and Sean Abbott set to miss games as part of Australia’s Test squad, the Sixers will have to look elsewhere for their wickets this summer.
Carlos Brathwaite is the flashy choice, but Ben Dwarshuis looks the way to go as the $3 favourite.
The 26-year-old seamer has emerged as a reliable performer at this level and should relish the opportunity to take on more responsibility this season.
|Player||Top tournament wicket-taker|
|Ben Dwarshuis||+200||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Sean Abbott||+230||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Carlos Brathwaite||+260||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Lloyd Pope||+700||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Jackson Bird||+1000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Steve O’Keefe||+1000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Dan Christian||+1400||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Ben Manenti||+4000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
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