|Colours||Lime Green |
|Home ground|| ANZ Stadium (2011-2014)|
Spotless Stadium (2015-Present)
|BBL wins||1 (BBL05)|
|Official website:||Sydney Thunder|
The Sydney Thunder are an Australian professional cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League.The team's home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium, known as Spotless 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.
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 cricket, sometimes written 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.
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, alongside the Indian Premier League, to feature amongst the Top 10 Most Attended Sport Leagues in the world.
|S/N||Name||Nat.||Date of birth (age)||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|12||Callum Ferguson||21 November 1984||Right-handed||Right arm medium||International Cap|
|77||Ryan Gibson||30 December 1993||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|18||Usman Khawaja||18 December 1986||Left-handed||Right arm medium||International Cap|
|17||Kurtis Patterson||5 April 1993||Left-handed||Right arm off spin|
|66||Joe Root||30 December 1990||Right-handed||Right arm off spin||International Cap , Visa|
|Anton Devcich||28 September 1985||Left-handed||Left arm orthodox||International Cap , Visa|
|32||Jason Sangha||8 September 1999||Right-handed||Right arm leg spin|
|style="background:#dcdcdc; text-align:center;"| All-rounders|
|33||Shane Watson||17 June 1981||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Captain, International Cap|
|60||Daniel Sams||27 October 1992||Right-handed||Left-arm fast medium|
|44||Nathan McAndrew||14 July 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium|
|Chris Jordan||4 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium||International Cap , Visa|
|7||Arjun Nair||12 April 1998||Right-handed||Right arm off spin|
|63||Jos Buttler||8 September 1990||Right-handed||International Cap , Visa|
|70||Jay Lenton||10 August 1990||Left-handed|
|27||Baxter Holt||29 October 1999||Right-handed|
|style="background:#dcdcdc; text-align:center;"| Bowlers|
|30||Pat Cummins||8 May 1993||Right-handed||Right arm fast||International Cap|
|43||Sam Rainbird||5 June 1992||Right-handed||Left arm fast medium|
|28||Gurinder Sandhu||14 February 1993||Left-handed||Right arm fast medium||International Cap|
|19||Liam Hatcher||17 September 1996||Right-handed||Right arm fast|
|52||Fawad Ahmed||5 February 1982||Right-handed||Right arm leg spin||International Cap|
|93||Chris Green||1 October 1993||Right-handed||Right arm off spin|
|50||Jono Cook||14 December 1989||Right-handed||Right 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.Cricket Australia did not allow Cricket NSW to use the sky blue colour traditionally associated with New South Wales sports teams.
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.
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 (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.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.
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).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.
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 Edward Killeen Hussey also known as Mike Hussey is a former Australian 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 Robert Watson is a former Australian international cricketer and a former captain, who played all formats of the game. He played as 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.
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.
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.
|1||17 Runs (D/L)||ANZ Stadium||31,262||Mitchell Starc|
|2||7 Wickets||SCG||15,279||Brad Haddin|
|3||4 Wickets||ANZ Stadium||20,986||Daniel Hughes|
|4||6 Wickets||SCG||18,180||Nic Maddinson|
|5||8 Wickets||ANZ Stadium||25,726||Nathan Lyon|
|6||16 Runs||ANZ Stadium||32,823||Aiden Blizzard|
|7||4 Wickets||SCG||36,487||Jordan Silk|
|8||36 Runs||Spotless Stadium||18,287||Michael Hussey|
|9||46 Runs||SCG||38,456||Shane Watson|
|10||9 Wickets||Spotless Stadium||21,798||Moises Henriques|
|11||8 Wickets||SCG||39,756||Fawad Ahmed|
|12||5 Wickets||Spotless Stadium||21,589||Shane Watson|
|13||8 Wickets||SCG||36,458||Chris Green|
|14||21 Runs||Spotless Stadium||10,508||Jos Buttler|
|15||9 Wickets (D/L)||SCG||34,385||Sean Abbott|
|Year||Big Bash League||Year||Champions League Twenty20|
|2014–15||7th||2015||Tournament Not Held|
Nr= No result
Sydney Thunder are sponsored by Mazda, Transport for NSW, Homeworld, Sydney Water and Moneygram for the BBL06 season.
BBL Team Sponsors:
|Years||Kit Manufacturers||Chest Sponsor||Breast Sponsor|
|2012–13||Webjet||University of Canberra|
|2014-15||Majestic Athletic||Mazda||Spot Jobs|
WBBL Team Sponsors:
|Years||Kit Manufactures||Chest Sponsor||Breast Sponsor||Back Sponsor|
|2015-16||Majestic Athletic||Rebel Sports||X Venture||X Venture|
The following players have been imported to play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League:
|BBL06||Carlos Brathwaite||West Indies|
|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|
|BBL04 –BBL05||Jacques Kallis||South Africa|
|BBL04 +||Craig Kieswetter||England|
|BBL07||Mitchell McClenaghan||New Zealand|
|BBL03||Ajantha Mendis||Sri Lanka|
|BBL03 –current||Eoin Morgan||England|
|BBL05||Henry Nicholls||New Zealand|
|BBL05||Andre Russell||West Indies|
+= Did not play a game
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