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Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder are an Australian professional cricket team, competing in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League (BBL).  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.

They play their home games at Sydney Showground Stadium, known as Spotless Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park while the Sixers play their home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

History:

2011-2012 season:

The Thunder started the inaugural season on a stunning note. They crushed Melbourne Stars by six wickets in their season-opener. In the following game, they crushed Adelaide Strikers by the same margin. However, the start of the season was not the precursor of the things that were to follow. The Thunder went on to lose all their remaining games and ended with the wooden spoon after managing just two wins in seven games.

2012-2013 season:

If the inaugural season was a disastrous one for the Thunder, then the 2012-13 was an absolute nightmare. They once again failed to do well in the league and ended the season at the bottom after failing to not win even a solitary game.

2013-2014 season:

After finishing at the bottom for the first two seasons of the league, Thunder were in desperate need of a good show. However, what followed was yet another disappointing season. They lost their first six games and once again ended the season at the bottom spot after winning just one game in 8.

2014-2015 season:

The first three seasons of the BBL were an absolute nightmare for the Thunder. They had managed to win only three games in the first three seasons and had finished at the bottom on every occasion. They started the fourth season with a win over Brisbane Heat but soon started finding themselves on the wrong end of the results.  They eventually ended the season with 2 wins and managed to avoid the wooden spoon only to finish at the seventh position.

2015-2016 season:

After four disappointing seasons, the Thunder finally put in an effort worth mentioning. They had finished at the bottom of the league in the first three seasons and had finished at second-bottom in the fourth. However, they came up with a solid performance in the fifth to not only progress to the semifinals but went on to win their maiden BBL trophy. The Thunder made it to the finals after winning four of the eight games in the league stage. In the semifinal, they beat table-toppers Adelaide Strikers by eight wickets before beating Melbourne Stars by 3 wickets in the title-decider.

2016-2017 season:

The Thunder started their title-defence in poor fashion, losing to city rivals Sydney Sixers by 9 wickets. Their fortunes did not change in the following games either as they lost to Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers to remain winless in the first four games.  They then went on to win the next three games but it did not make much of a difference as they ended the season with the wooden spoon once again after managing just three wins in eight games.

2017-2018 season:

The seventh season of the competition saw the teams playing ten games instead of eight like the previous seasons. The Thunder never got the momentum and missed out on the semifinal spot after managing just four wins in ten games.

Here are some other details about the team:

Most runs:

 

Player Span Mat Inns Runs HS Ave
UT Khawaja 2011-2018 24 24 956 109* 50.31
MEK Hussey 2013-2016 23 23 741 96 39
SR Watson 2015-2018 26 26 670 77 26.8
KR Patterson 2013-2018 25 23 438 48 19.9
AC Blizzard 2014-2018 21 18 390 80* 26
CH Gayle 2011-2013 14 14 389 100* 29.92
BJ Rohrer 2015-2018 28 26 386 48 24.12
JH Kallis 2014-2016 16 16 372 97* 28.61
EJG Morgan 2013-2017 13 13 318 71* 31.8
AD Russell 2015-2017 15 13 210 46 17.5
JC Buttler 2017-2018 6 6 202 81 33.66
DP Hughes 2013-2015 13 11 179 40* 19.88
DA Warner 2011-2013 2 2 152 102* 152
JM Vince 2017-2018 6 6 149 44 24.83
CJ Green 2015-2018 27 17 149 49 11.46
RGL Carters 2012-2014 16 15 144 33* 13.09
PJ Cummins 2014-2017 11 8 142 39 35.5
RJ Gibson 2016-2018 13 10 131 53 14.55
SA Abbott 2011-2013 14 11 130 39 16.25
JS Floros 2011-2014 12 11 120 37* 17.14
AJ Nair 2016-2018 13 10 113 45 18.83
CJ Ferguson 2017-2018 7 6 102 37 20.4
MJ Cosgrove 2012-2015 6 6 87 22 14.5
CJL Rogers 2012-2012 6 6 87 24 14.5
SJ Coyte 2011-2014 13 8 85 33 14.16
SJC Keen 2012-2013 5 5 66 24 13.2
AB McDonald 2014-2016 6 5 66 23 13.2
JS Lenton 2017-2018 9 4 64 23 21.33
TM Dilshan 2014-2014 4 4 62 46 15.5
BR Dunk 2011-2012 7 7 59 19* 9.83
CJ McKay 2015-2017 17 8 55 14* 18.33
DLR Smith 2011-2012 7 7 44 21 6.28
CP Tremain 2012-2015 12 6 42 37* 14
CJ Borgas 2012-2014 7 7 39 11 5.57
HM Nicholls 2016-2016 2 2 38 35* 38
CD Hartley 2014-2016 17 6 37 23 9.25
GS Sandhu 2012-2018 32 10 37 11* 6.16
MJ Prior 2012-2013 4 4 32 17 8
CS Delport 2015-2015 1 1 30 30 30
MR Day 2012-2012 1 1 29 29*
TJ Armstrong 2012-2012 3 2 29 25 14.5
Azhar Mahmood 2012-2012 3 3 25 23 8.33
CS Sandri 2013-2013 2 2 22 13 22
MJ Guptill 2012-2012 1 1 20 20 20
JJ Roy 2015-2015 3 3 18 14* 9
A Zampa 2012-2013 6 5 18 8 3.6
TD Cruickshank 2011-2012 3 3 17 15 5.66
AJ Tye 2014-2014 3 2 16 9 8
BAW Mendis 2014-2014 3 2 13 8 6.5
NM Hauritz 2014-2015 8 1 12 12 12

 

Most wickets:

Player Span Mat Inns Overs Mdns Wkts BBI Econ
GS Sandhu 2012-2018 32 32 111.3 2 31 3/19 1/6
Fawad Ahmed 2015-2018 28 28 99 1 27 4/14 1/5
DP Nannes 2012-2015 20 20 72.1 1 23 4/17 1/6
CJ McKay 2015-2017 17 17 55.5 1 22 4/28 1/7
CJ Green 2015-2018 27 27 88 0 22 3/27 1/6
AD Russell 2015-2017 15 15 55.4 1 19 3/13 1/6
SR Watson 2015-2018 26 22 64 0 19 3/13 1/7
CP Tremain 2012-2015 12 12 43.2 0 12 2/27 1/7
PJ Cummins 2014-2017 11 11 41.4 0 11 2/21 1/7
MJ McClenaghan 2017-2018 10 10 39.2 0 11 2/19 1/8
JH Kallis 2014-2016 16 14 44 0 10 2/18 1/5
SA Abbott 2011-2013 14 14 37.4 0 10 2/17 1/7
AJ Nair 2016-2018 13 11 33 0 9 3/36 7.33
SJ Coyte 2011-2014 13 13 43.1 1 8 2/14 1/6
JK Lalor 2015-2015 5 5 13.4 1 7 4/29 1/7
CR Brathwaite 2017-2017 3 3 11 0 6 3/21 1/6
FH Edwards 2011-2012 5 5 20 0 6 2/33 7.65
NM Hauritz 2014-2015 8 8 18.3 0 6 2/34 9.02
CH Gayle 2011-2013 14 13 27 0 6 2/5 1/6
A Zampa 2012-2013 6 6 18.2 0 5 3/26 1/7
LA Doran 2011-2013 10 10 28 0 5 2/26 1/5
AB McDonald 2014-2016 6 4 6 0 4 3/20 1/8
LR Butterworth 2011-2012 4 4 11.4 0 4 2/27 1/6
LW Feldman 2013-2014 5 5 18 0 4 2/43 8.16
BAW Mendis 2014-2014 3 3 12 0 3 2/15 1/5
ND Bills 2012-2012 1 1 4 0 2 2/44 11
DE Bollinger 2011-2011 2 2 6 0 2 2/22 1/7
CS Sandri 2013-2013 2 2 6 0 2 1/20 1/7
CR Woakes 2013-2013 2 2 8 0 2 1/31 1/6
AJ Tye 2014-2014 3 3 11 0 2 1/20 1/6
Azhar Mahmood 2012-2012 3 3 9 0 2 2/18 1/7
IA Moran 2015-2015 1 1 1 0 1 1/19 1/18
BS Dean 2013-2013 1 1 2 0 1 1/29 1/13
SJC Keen 2012-2013 5 2 4 0 1 1/28 1/8
AR Beadle 2015-2015 3 2 8 0 1 1/39 7.62
AL Fekete 2017-2017 3 3 9.5 0 1 1/37 9.55
RJG Lockyear 2012-2012 1 1 1 0 0 6
TA Copeland 2012-2012 1 1 2 0 0 10
MR Day 2012-2012 1 1 2 0 0 12.5
N McAndrew 2016-2016 2 2 4 0 0 8.75
TM Dilshan 2014-2014 4 2 6.1 0 0 9.24
JS Floros 2011-2014 12 5 13 0 0 7.92

 

Most dismissals as wicketkeeper:

 

Player Span Mat Inns Dismissals Ct Stumping
RGL Carters 2012-2014 16 16 14 12 2
CD Hartley 2014-2016 17 17 11 8 3
JC Buttler 2017-2018 6 6 5 5 0
JS Lenton 2017-2018 9 9 4 2 2
BR Dunk 2011-2012 7 7 2 2 0
JR Doran 2015-2016 4 4 0 0 0

 

Current squad:

 

Fawad Ahmed
Jos Buttler (OS)
Patrick Cummins
Callum Ferguson
Ryan Gibson
Chris Green
Liam Hatcher
Usman Khawaja
Jay Lenton
Nathan McAndrew
Arjun Nair
Kurtis Patterson
Sam Rainbird
Joe Root (OS)
Daniel Sams
Gurinder Sandhu
Jason Sangha
Shane Watson
Chris Jordan
Anton Devcich

 

*Stats and squad updated before the start of BBL 2018-19