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Captain Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shane Watson
Coach Flag of New Zealand.svg Shane Bond
Team information
Colours     Lime Green
Home ground ANZ Stadium (2011-2014)
Sydney Showground Stadium (2015-Present)
CapacityApprox. 21,500 [1]
BBL  wins1 (BBL05)
Official website: Sydney Thunder
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Cricket current event.svg 2017–18 Sydney Thunder season

The Sydney Thunder are an Australian professional cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League. [2] [3] The team's home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium, known as Giants Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park. Their team uniform is lime green. Thunder won the fifth edition of Big Bash, as well as the inaugural Women's Big Bash League. [2] [3]

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

Twenty20 form of cricket

Twenty20 cricket, or (Twenty-20), and often abbreviated to T20, is a short form of cricket. At the professional level, it was originally introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2003 for the inter-county competition in England and Wales. In a Twenty20 game the two teams have a single innings each, which is restricted to a maximum of 20 overs. Together with first-class and List A cricket, Twenty20 is one of the three current forms of cricket recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as being at the highest international or domestic level. A typical Twenty20 game is completed in about three hours, with each innings lasting around 90 minutes and an official 10 minute break between the innings. This is much shorter than previously-existing forms of the game, and is closer to the timespan of other popular team sports. It was introduced to create a fast-paced form of the game which would be attractive to spectators at the ground and viewers on television.

Big Bash League Australian professional Twenty20 cricket league

The Big Bash League (BBL) is an Australian professional Twenty20 cricket league, which was established in 2011 by Cricket Australia. The Big Bash League replaced the previous competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, and features eight city-based franchises instead of the six state teams which had participated previously. The competition has been sponsored by fast food chicken outlet KFC since its inception. It is one of the two T20 cricket leagues, alongside the Indian Premier League, to feature amongst the Top 10 Most Attended Sport Leagues in the world.


BBL|08 squad

S/NNameNat.Date of birth (age)Batting styleBowling styleNotes
12 Callum Ferguson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 21 November 1984 (age 34)Right-handedRight arm medium International Cap
77 Ryan Gibson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 30 December 1993 (age 25)Right-handedRight arm fast medium
18 Usman Khawaja Flag of Australia (converted).svg 18 December 1986 (age 32)Left-handedRight arm medium International Cap
17 Kurtis Patterson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 5 April 1993 (age 26)Left-handedRight arm off spin
66 Joe Root Flag of England.svg 30 December 1990 (age 28)Right-handedRight arm off spin Visa contract, International Cap
Anton Devcich Flag of New Zealand.svg 28 September 1985 (age 33)Left-handedLeft arm orthodoxVisa contract, International Cap
32 Jason Sangha Flag of Australia (converted).svg 8 September 1999 (age 19)Right-handedRight arm leg spin
33 Shane Watson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 17 June 1981 (age 37)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Captain, International Cap
60 Daniel Sams Flag of Australia (converted).svg 27 October 1992 (age 26)Right-handedLeft-arm fast medium
44 Nathan McAndrew Flag of Australia (converted).svg 14 July 1993 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm fast medium
Chris Jordan Flag of England.svg Flag of Barbados.svg 4 October 1988 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm fast medium Visa contract, International Cap
7 Arjun Nair Flag of Australia (converted).svg 12 April 1998 (age 21)Right-handedRight arm off spin
63 Jos Buttler Flag of England.svg 8 September 1990 (age 28)Right-handedVisa contract, International Cap
70 Jay Lenton Flag of Australia (converted).svg 10 August 1990 (age 28)Left-handed
27 Baxter Holt Flag of Australia (converted).svg 29 October 1999 (age 19)Right-handed
30 Pat Cummins Flag of Australia (converted).svg 8 May 1993 (age 26)Right-handedRight arm fast International Cap
43 Sam Rainbird Flag of New Zealand.svg 5 June 1992 (age 26)Right-handedLeft arm fast medium
28 Gurinder Sandhu Flag of Australia (converted).svg 14 February 1993 (age 26)Left-handedRight arm fast medium International Cap
19 Liam Hatcher Flag of Australia (converted).svg 17 September 1996 (age 22)Right-handedRight arm fast
Spin bowlers
52 Fawad Ahmed Flag of Australia (converted).svg 5 February 1982 (age 37)Right-handedRight arm leg spin International Cap
93 Chris Green Flag of South Africa.svg 1 October 1993 (age 25)Right-handedRight arm off spin
50 Jono Cook Flag of Australia (converted).svg 14 December 1989 (age 29)Right-handedRight arm leg spin


Along with the Sydney Sixers, the Sydney Thunder are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The NSW Cricket board unanimously decided on lime green as the team's colour, though other colours were considered, and rejected as being too close to other Sydney sports teams. [2] Cricket Australia did not allow Cricket NSW to use the sky blue colour traditionally associated with New South Wales sports teams.

Sydney Sixers mens cricket team

The Sydney Sixers are an Australian professional men's cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League (BBL). Along with the Sydney Thunder, the Sixers are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The Sixers play at Sydney Cricket Ground in the south-eastern area of the inner city while the Thunder play out of Spotless Stadium further west. The inaugural coach was Trevor Bayliss and Dominic Remond is the General Manager. The Sixers' inaugural captain is Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin. Both Steve Smith and Moises Henriques have also spent time captaining the team.

KFC Twenty20 Big Bash Australian domestic cricket

The KFC Twenty20 Big Bash was the domestic Twenty20 cricket competition in Australia. The competition was organised by Cricket Australia, and sponsored by fast food chicken outlet KFC. The competition was replaced by the Big Bash League as Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition after the 2010–11 tournament. The Victorian Bushrangers were the most successful team during the tournament's running, winning the title four times.

Cricket Australia governing body of cricket in Australia

Cricket Australia (CA), formerly known as the Australian Cricket Board (ACB), is the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia. It was originally formed in 1905 as the 'Australian Board of Control for International Cricket'. It is incorporated as an Australian Public Company, limited by guarantee.

The team made their debut in the 2011-12 Big Bash League season - the inaugural season of the Big Bash League. The team performed poorly in its first years in the competition, finishing last in each of its first three seasons and second last in its fourth season.

From 2011 to 2014, the Thunder's home ground was ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park. [4] The team played their final two games of the 2014-15 Big Bash League season at Sydney Showground Stadium after they were unable to use ANZ Stadium due to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup association football tournament. In June 2015, the Thunder announced they would leave ANZ Stadium and play all home games at Sydney Showground Stadium until the 2024-25 BBL season. [1]

2015 AFC Asian Cup

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup was the 16th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015. The tournament was won by Australia after defeating South Korea 2–1 in extra time in the final, thereby earning the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which was hosted by Russia. The win was Australia's first Asian title since their move from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. It was also the first time a men's team has become champions of two confederations, following Australia's four OFC Nations Cup titles: 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2004; right after the Australian women's team won the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup.

The 2015–16 Big Bash League season marked the first year in which the Thunder finished in the top half of the table, finishing 4th overall. Having won the first three games of the season and boasting a squad including Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja and Jacques Kallis, The Thunder soon became the favourites to win the tournament. However, the Thunder lost their following four games and it looked as if they were set to miss out on the finals. In their final game of the 2015–16 Big Bash League season, the Thunder defeated the Sixers for only the second time in their history to book a finals berth. The Thunder faced the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval in the first semi final, winning convincingly. The Thunder then faced the Stars in the Finals the Melbourne Stars. The final was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 24 January 2016 and resulted in the Thunder's defeat of the Melbourne Stars. The Sydney Thunder franchise also swept the titles as the women's team won the inaugural women's title hours ago on the same ground by the same margin with the same number of balls remaining (3 wickets with 3 balls remaining). [5] The men's game also featured a battle of two captains as brothers Michael and David Hussey went against each other on their mother's birthday. [6]

The 2015–16 Big Bash League season (BBL|05) was the fifth season of the Big Bash League (BBL), the premier Twenty20 cricket competition in Australia. The tournament ran from 17 December 2015 to 24 January 2016.

Michael Hussey cricketer

Michael Edward Killeen Hussey also known as Mike Hussey is an Australian cricket coach, commentator and former international cricketer, who played all forms of the game. Hussey is also widely known by his nickname 'Mr Cricket'. Hussey was a relative latecomer to both the one-day international and Test Australian teams, debuting at 28 and 30 years of age in the respective formats, with 15,313 first-class runs before making his Test debut.

Shane Watson Australian cricketer

Shane Robert Watson is an Australian international cricketer who has played for Australia’s national cricket team and currently plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League respectively. Shane Watson is a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast-medium swing bowler. He debuted in 2002 in a One Day International and retired in 2016 as world No. 1 T20I all-rounder. He was the last player to retire from Australia's golden era of the early 2000s.

Michael Hussey announced his retirement from domestic cricket during BBL05, at the conclusion of the tournament he was announced the club's Director of Cricket, responsible for managing recruitment, contracts, facilities and scouting for the BBL squad.

Sydney Thunder were the most watched sports team in Australia during 2015/16 with an average TV audience of 1.2m.

Shane Watson was elected to captain the side in 2016. [7] [8]

Role In The Community

MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup

The MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup gives cricket players from seven cultural backgrounds the chance to experience the fun and excitement of Twenty20 cricket, whilst representing their community. The winning team from each community cricket round will represent their country in the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup Semi Finals, with the two winners of the semi-finals playing off in a Grand Final prior to a Sydney Thunder match at Spotless Stadium.

Thunder Bus

The Thunder Bus travels around schools and cricket club in Sydney and Regional NSW, it has an interactive quiz and inflatable nets. The Thunder Bus directly engaged with 100,000 children aged between 5- 12 during this period and was seen by over 1 Million people.


Sydney Thunder, like every other team, had a salary cap of $1 million for the first season of the Big Bash League, but they have spent almost half of the salary cap on the explosive opening combination of Chris Gayle and David Warner. Gayle was pursued by Perth Scorchers but he rejected an offer of $250,000 to stay with the New South Wales team. [9] [10]


List of Sydney Smash Matches

No.DateWinnerMarginVenueAttendance MoM
8 January 2012
17 Runs (D/L) ANZ Stadium 31,262 Mitchell Starc
8 December 2012
7 Wickets SCG 15,279 Brad Haddin
30 December 2012
4 Wickets ANZ Stadium 20,986 Daniel Hughes
21 December 2013
6 Wickets SCG 18,180 Nic Maddinson
25 January 2014
8 Wickets ANZ Stadium 25,726 Nathan Lyon
27 December 2014
16 Runs ANZ Stadium 32,823 Aiden Blizzard
22 January 2015
4 Wickets SCG 36,487 Jordan Silk
17 December 2015
36 Runs Spotless Stadium 18,287 Michael Hussey
16 January 2016
46 Runs SCG 38,456 Shane Watson
20 December 2016
9 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,798 Moises Henriques
14 January 2017
8 Wickets SCG 39,756 Fawad Ahmed
19 December 2017
5 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,589 Shane Watson
13 January 2018
8 Wickets SCG 36,458 Chris Green
24 December 2018
21 Runs Spotless Stadium 10,508 Jos Buttler
2 February 2019
9 Wickets (D/L) SCG 34,385 Sean Abbott

Year-By Year Record

YearFinishing Position Finals
2011–12 8thDNQ
2012–13 8thDNQ
2013–14 8thDNQ
2014–15 7thDNQ
2015–16 4thChampions
2016–17 8thDNQ
2017–18 6thDNQ
2018-19 6thDNQ

Captains List

NameYears captainCaptainedWonLostNR%
1 David Warner 20111100100%
2 Daniel Smith 2011-2012615016.66%
3 Chris Rogers 201260600%
4 Chris Gayle 201320200%
5 Michael Hussey 2013-201623914139.13%
6 Chris Hartley 201520110%
7 Shane Watson 2016-1257041.66%
8 Ben Rohrer 201620200%

Nr= No result





Sydney Thunder are sponsored by Mazda, Transport for NSW, Homeworld, Sydney Water and Moneygram for the BBL06 season. [12]

BBL Team Sponsors:

YearsKit ManufacturersChest SponsorBreast Sponsor
2011–12 KooGa Cudo
2012–13 Webjet University of Canberra
2014-15 Majestic Athletic Mazda Spot Jobs

WBBL Team Sponsors:

YearsKit ManufacturesChest SponsorBreast SponsorBack Sponsor
2015-16 Majestic Athletic Rebel Sports X VentureX Venture
2016-17 Mazda Homeworld

Imported players

The following players have been imported to play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League: [13]

Sydney Thunder imported players in the Big Bash League
BBL06 Carlos Brathwaite West Indies
BBL08 Jos Butler England
BBL04 Cameron Delport South Africa
BBL08 Anton Devcich New Zealand
BBL03 Tillakaratne Dilshan Sri Lanka
BBL01 Fidel Edwards West Indies
BBL01 BBL02 Chris Gayle West Indies
BBL02 Martin Guptill New Zealand
BBL08 Chris Jordan England
BBL04 BBL05 Jacques Kallis South Africa
BBL04 + Craig Kieswetter England
BBL07 Mitchell McClenaghan New Zealand
BBL01 Azhar Mahmood Pakistan
BBL03 Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka
BBL03 current Eoin Morgan England
BBL05 Henry Nicholls New Zealand
BBL02 Matt Prior England
BBL08 Joe Root England
BBL04 Jason Roy England
BBL05 Andre Russell West Indies
BBL06 James Vince England
BBL03 Chris Woakes England

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