Sydney Thunder

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Sydney Thunder
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CaptainAustralia Shane Watson
CoachNew Zealand Shane Bond
Team information
Colours     Lime Green
Home groundANZ Stadium (2011-2014)
Spotless Stadium (2015-Present)
CapacityApprox. 21,500[1]
BBL wins1 (2015-16)
Official website:Sydney Thunder

T20 kit

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 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.[2][3]

BBL|08 squad[edit]

S/N Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Batting style Bowling style Notes
12 Callum Ferguson Australia (1984-11-21) 21 November 1984 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm medium International Cap
77 Ryan Gibson Australia (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
18 Usman Khawaja Australia (1986-12-18) 18 December 1986 (age 32) Left-handed Right arm medium International Cap
17 Kurtis Patterson Australia (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 25) Left-handed Right arm off spin
66 Joe Root England (1990-12-30) 30 December 1990 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off spin International Cap , Visa
Anton Devcich New Zealand (1985-09-28) 28 September 1985 (age 33) Left-handed Left arm orthodox International Cap , Visa
32 Jason Sangha Australia (1999-09-08) 8 September 1999 (age 19) Right-handed Right arm leg spin
33 Shane Watson Australia (1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 37) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Captain, International Cap
60 Daniel Sams Australia (1992-10-27) 27 October 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Left-arm fast medium
44 Nathan McAndrew Australia (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
Chris Jordan EnglandBarbados (1988-10-04) 4 October 1988 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium International Cap , Visa
7 Arjun Nair Australia (1998-04-12) 12 April 1998 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm off spin
63 Jos Buttler England (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 28) Right-handed International Cap , Visa
70 Jay Lenton Australia (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 28) Left-handed
Pace bowlers
30 Pat Cummins Australia (1993-05-08) 8 May 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm fast International Cap
43 Sam Rainbird New Zealand (1992-06-05) 5 June 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Left arm fast medium
28 Gurinder Sandhu Australia (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 (age 25) Left-handed Right arm fast medium International Cap
19 Liam Hatcher Australia (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm fast
Spin bowlers
52 Fawad Ahmed Australia (1982-02-05) 5 February 1982 (age 36) Right-handed Right arm leg spin International Cap
93 Chris Green South Africa (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm off spin
50 Jono Cook Australia (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 (age 29) 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.[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 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]

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]

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[edit]

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]


  • The 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]

List of Sydney Smash Matches[edit]

No. Year Winner Margin Venue Attendance MoM
1 2012
17 Runs (D/L) ANZ Stadium 31,262 Mitchell Starc
2 2012
7 Wickets SCG 15,279 Brad Haddin
3 2012
4 Wickets ANZ Stadium 20,986 Daniel Hughes
4 2013
6 Wickets SCG 18,180 Nic Maddinson
5 2014
8 Wickets ANZ Stadium 25,726 Nathan Lyon
6 2014
16 Runs ANZ Stadium 32,823 Aiden Blizzard
7 2015
4 Wickets SCG 36,487 Jordan Silk
8 2015
36 Runs Spotless Stadium 18,287 Michael Hussey
9 2016
46 Runs SCG 38,456 Shane Watson
10 2016
9 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,798 Moises Henriques
11 2017
8 Wickets SCG 39,756 Fawad Ahmed
12 2017
5 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,589 Shane Watson
13 2018
8 Wickets SCG 36,458 Chris Green
14 2018
21 Runs Spotless Stadium 10,508 Jos Buttler

Year-By Year Record[edit]

Year Big Bash League Year Champions League Twenty20
2011–12 8th 2012 DNQ
2012–13 8th 2013 DNQ
2013–14 8th 2014 DNQ
2014–15 7th 2015 Tournament Not Held
2015–16 Champions
2016–17 8th
2017–18 6th

Captains List[edit]

Name Years captain Captained Won Lost NR %
1 David Warner 2011 1 1 0 0 100%
2 Daniel Smith 2011-2012 6 1 5 0 16.66%
3 Chris Rogers 2012 6 0 6 0 0%
4 Chris Gayle 2013 2 0 2 0 0%
5 Michael Hussey 2013-2016 23 9 14 1 39.13%
6 Chris Hartley 2015 2 0 1 1 0%
7 Shane Watson 2016- 12 5 7 0 41.66%
8 Ben Rohrer 2016 2 0 2 0 0%

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:

Years Kit Manufacturers Chest Sponsor Breast Sponsor
2011–12 KooGa Cudo
2012–13 Webjet University of Canberra
2014-15 Majestic Athletic Mazda Spot Jobs
2015–16 Homeworld

WBBL Team Sponsors:

Years Kit Manufactures Chest Sponsor Breast Sponsor Back Sponsor
2015-16 Majestic Athletic Rebel Sports X Venture X Venture
2016-17 Mazda Homeworld

[13] Imported Players[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sydney Thunder Announce Spotless Stadium As New Home Ground". Sydney hunder. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Wu, Andrew (15 March 2011). "Sydney Thunder to clash with Sixers in Big Bash". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b "New Twenty20 Big Bash league to feature teams in pink, orange and purple as tradition is abandoned". Fox Sports (Australia). 6 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  4. ^ "BBL team names and colours". 6 April 2011. Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Thunder claim the first WBBL title". Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  6. ^ "Thunder toast historic double". Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  8. ^ Watson to skipper Thunder
  9. ^ "Chris Gayle signs for Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League". Herald Sun. 30 June 2011.
  10. ^ GAYLE JOINS WARNER AT THUNDER Archived 5 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Thunder Nation Made Proud At Spotless". Sydney hunder.
  12. ^ "Sydney Thunder Website".
  13. ^ [ "Sydney Thunder Website"] Check |url= value (help).

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