Sydney Thunder

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Sydney Thunder
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Personnel
Captain Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Sangha
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Green (Acting)
Coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Trevor Bayliss
Team information
Colours  Lime Green
Founded2011
Home ground Sydney Showground Stadium
CapacityApprox. 21,500 [1]
History
BBL  wins1 (BBL05)
Official website Sydney Thunder
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The Sydney Thunder are an Australian franchise professional cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League. [2] [3] Along with the Sydney Sixers, the Thunder are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The team's home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium.

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History

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.

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 Stadium Australia 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 Stadium Australia due to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup association football tournament. In June 2015, the Thunder announced they would leave Stadium Australia and play all home games at Sydney Showground Stadium until the 2024–25 BBL season. [1]

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 were in danger of missing 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 defeating the Melbourne Stars by 3 wickets. 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. The 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. [5] [6] Watson captained the Thunder for three seasons, failing to qualify for the finals in each of them.

In 2019, Callum Ferguson was named as the new Thunder captain, subsequently qualifying for the finals during his two seasons in charge. Chris Green and Jason Sangha shared the captaincy role for the COVID-19 affected 2021-22 season as the Thunder were knocked out in their first finals game after finishing 3rd on the ladder.

In a league game on 16 December 2022 against the Adelaide Strikers, the Thunder were dismissed for 15 in 5.5 overs, breaking the record for both the shortest completed innings and the lowest score in one in all men's professional T20 matches. [7]

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.

Personnel

Sydney Thunder, like every other team, had a salary cap of $1 million for the first season of the Big Bash League, but in that season they 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. [8] [9]

Current squad

S/NNameNationalityDate of birth (age)Batting styleBowling styleNotes
Batters
3 Sam Whiteman Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 19 March 1992 (age 30)Left-handedLeft-arm medium
6 Alex Hales Flag of England.svg  England 5 January 1989 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm medium Overseas Draft Pick
9 Oliver Davies Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 15 October 2000 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm off break
23 Jason Sangha Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 8 September 1999 (age 23)Right-handedRight arm leg spin
31 David Warner Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 27 October 1986 (age 36)Left-handedRight arm leg break Cricket Australia Contract
32 Rilee Rossouw Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 9 October 1989 (age 33)Left-handedRight arm off break Overseas Draft Pick
45 Blake Nikitaras Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 29 April 2000 (age 22)Left-handed-
49 Alex Ross Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 17 April 1992 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm off-break
All-rounders
5 Ben Cutting Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 30 January 1987 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm medium
93 Chris Green Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1 October 1993 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm off break
95 Daniel Sams Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 27 October 1992 (age 30)Right-handedLeft-arm fast medium
Wicket-Keepers
22 Matt Gilkes Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 21 August 1999 (age 23)Left-handedLeft-arm medium
27 Baxter Holt Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 21 October 1999 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm medium
Pace Bowlers
7 Ross Pawson Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 15 November 1994 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm fast medium Local Replacement Player
28 Gurinder Sandhu Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 14 June 1993 (age 29)Right-handedRight arm fast medium
35 Brendan Doggett Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 3 May 1994 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast
44 Nathan McAndrew Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 14 July 1993 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm fast medium
- Ryan Hadley Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 17 November 1998 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm medium-fast Local Replacement Player
Spin Bowlers
17 Tanveer Sangha Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 26 November 2001 (age 21)Right-handedRight arm leg spin
72 Usman Qadir Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 10 August 1993 (age 29)Left-handedRight-arm leg spin International Replacement Player
77 Joel Davies Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 28 October 2003 (age 19)Left-handed Slow left arm orthodox
- Toby Gray Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 16 October 2001 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm leg spin Local Replacement Player

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
2019–20 5th3rd
2020–21 3rd4th
2021–22 3rd4th
2022–23 4th5th

Captains list

[10] NameYears captainCaptainedWonLostTied [*] NR% [**]
1 David Warner 201111000100.00%
2 Daniel Smith 2011–20126150016.66%
3 Chris Rogers 2012606000%
4 Chris Gayle 2013202000%
5 Michael Hussey 2013–2016239140039.13%
6 Chris Hartley 2015201010%
7 Shane Watson 2016–20193113170143.33%
8 Ben Rohrer 2016202000%
9 Callum Ferguson 2019–20213216141153.22%
10 Usman Khawaja 2021–20222110050.00%
11 Chris Green 2021–2413110054.16%
12 Jason Sangha 2021-4220050.00%

^* Includes matches determined by a Super Over ^** Ties counted as half a win

Honours

Domestic

Sydney Smash

When the league began in 2011, Cricket Australia decided they would place two teams in Sydney. With the core group of players for both sides coming from the New South Wales cricket team, this rivalry automatically becomes widely anticipated in Sydney. In the first four seasons of the BBL the Thunder lost all seven Sydney Derby games to the Sixers. However, in the first match of the fifth Big Bash League, the Thunder scored their first win against the Sixers, breaking the hoodoo set in place by their rivals in Magenta. The season also marked the first time the Thunder beat the Sixers in both games contested during the season. [11] As at 2020, all subsequent seasons have had one win by each team.

List of Sydney Smash matches

No.DateWinnerMarginVenueAttendance MoM
1
8 January 2012
Sixers
17 Runs (D/L) ANZ Stadium 31,262 Mitchell Starc
2
8 December 2012
Sixers
7 Wickets SCG 15,279 Brad Haddin
3
30 December 2012
Sixers
4 Wickets ANZ Stadium 20,986 Daniel Hughes
4
21 December 2013
Sixers
6 Wickets SCG 18,180 Nic Maddinson
5
25 January 2014
Sixers
8 Wickets ANZ Stadium 25,726 Nathan Lyon
6
27 December 2014
Sixers
16 Runs ANZ Stadium 32,823 Aiden Blizzard
7
22 January 2015
Sixers
4 Wickets SCG 36,487 Jordan Silk
8
17 December 2015
Thunder
36 Runs Spotless Stadium 18,287 Michael Hussey
9
16 January 2016
Thunder
46 Runs SCG 38,456 Shane Watson
10
20 December 2016
Sixers
9 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,798 Moises Henriques
11
14 January 2017
Thunder
8 Wickets SCG 39,756 Fawad Ahmed
12
19 December 2017
Thunder
5 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,589 Shane Watson
13
13 January 2018
Sixers
8 Wickets SCG 36,458 Chris Green
14
24 December 2018
Thunder
21 Runs Spotless Stadium 10,508 Jos Buttler
15
2 February 2019
Sixers
9 Wickets (D/L) SCG 34,385 Sean Abbott
16
28 December 2019
Sixers
Super Over SCG 35,296 Tom Curran
17
18 January 2020
Thunder
4 Runs (D/L) Giants Stadium 15,476 Chris Morris
18
13 January 2021
Sixers
5 Wickets (D/L) Manuka Oval Steve O'Keefe
19
21 January 2021
Thunder
46 Runs Adelaide Oval Alex Hales

Sponsors

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2011–12 KooGa Cudo
2012–13 Webjet
2013–14 University of Canberra
2014–15 Majestic Athletic Mazda Spot Jobs
2015–16Homeworld
2016–17
2017–18
2018–19Homestar
2019–20
2020-21
2021-22 Nike Homestar Sixt What's Your Plan B?
2022-23

Imported players

The following players have been imported to play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League: [12]

Sydney Thunder imported players in the Big Bash League
BBLPlayerCountry
BBL11 Saqib Mahmood England
BBL10 BBL11 Sam Billings England
BBL09  Alex Hales England
BBL10 Adam Milne New Zealand
BBL06 Carlos Brathwaite West Indies
BBL09

Chris Morris

South Africa
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 and BBL06 Eoin Morgan Ireland/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

+= Did not play a game

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