Sydney Thunder are the Big Bash League reigning championships after defeating the Melbourne Stars last season and will be looking to impress again in the sixth season of the Big Bash Season (BBL).
With the likes of international players including Eoin Morgan [England], Pat Cummins [Australia] , Usman Khawaja [Australia] and Andre Russell [West Indies] joining the Thunder Nation, the fans will definitely be keen to see them in action again!
The Sydney Thunder men have recently impressed by winning five out of their six practice games against New Zealand, Melbourne Stars, Hong Kong and Bangladesh.
Sydney Thunder BBL|06 Squad
Ben Rohrer (captain): Ben Rohrer will return after a very successful first year with the Thunder and have the responsibility of captaining the side after Shane Watson was ruled out due to suffering a calf injury. His highest T20 score is 64 not out and will want to get involved as much as possible with the bat. Rohrer has been successful throughout the BBL campaign after winning firs ever BBL competition with the Sydney Sixers in 2011-12 and again in BBL05 with Sydney Thunder. His experience will be essential as the Thunder attempt to become champions for the second consecutive year in a row.
Andre Russell: Arrived on Saturday in style attending the Sydney Thunder fan day at Rouse Hill. The all-rounder will be looking to detrimental with the bat and ball and assist the men in green to victory. The international superstar and favourite has joined the Thunder again for the second consecutive year and will be looking to impress and have a huge impact just like last year. Russell averages 25 runs with the bat and currently his best bowling figures are 4 wickets for 11 runs.
Eoin Morgan: The left- handed batsman will return after being a part of the team in 2013 and 2014. Unfortunately missing out on last year’s victory he will return in hope to replace the great Mike Hussey and assist the side get to the final again. His highest T20 score is 85 not out with a strike rate of 129. He has never bowled in his T20 career and it won’t be likely he’ll get his first over in the BBL but never say never as you should always expect the unexpected in the Big Bash. His experience and ability with the bat will be very useful for the Thunder if executed by Morgan.
Pat Cummins: Cummins returns to Sydney Thunder after a lengthy injury and recovery time on the sidelines. He will be raring to go and attempt to beat his T20 bowling figures of four wickets for 16 runs. His has recently represented Australia and NSW over the past couple of months and has had a huge impact for both sides. He managed to bowl two wickets for 26 runs for Australia when they played New Zealand and an impressive 4 wickets for 26 runs when NSW played QLD in the Matador Cup. Cummins is also handy with the bat and his T20 high score remains at 14 not out.
Chris Green: Chris Green is definitely a favourite with the fans and is excellent with spending time after each game signing and taking photos with fans. Always being teased about worrying more about his appearance than his cricket, he will play a crucial role with the ball. Green’s best bowling T20 figures stand at an impressive 3 wickets for 27 runs which was bowled for Sydney Thunder against the Sydney Sixers last BBL season. Green has recently represented NSW in the Future League tournament bowling 1 wicket for 66 runs.
Kurtis Patterson: Kurtis will be looking to play an important role with the bat, his highest T20 score stands at 27 runs and has a strike rate of 95. He will return to the Sydney Thunder for the third consecutive year in a row in the number 17 jersey. The left-handed batsman is very talented with the bat especially after becoming the youngest batsman to score a century (157 runs) in a Sheffield Shield match back in 2011. He has recently represented his state NSW, in the Matador One-Day Cup and assisted his side to victory, scoring an impressive 77 runs (not out) to defeat QLD in the final.
Gurinder Sandhu: Sandhu will be joining the Sydney Thunder for the fifth consecutive season and will be looking to impress with the ball. Bowling fast medium, he will play a crucial role in attempt to take wickets of the opposition and reduce their runs, which is essential in T20 format. He recently has represented NSW in the Sheffield Shield and the Matador Cup. His best T20 bowling figures stand at three wickets for 19 runs, which he will be looking to repeat this season.
Jake Doran: Doran has signed on to Sydney Thunder for the third consecutive season and has been named to take the field in Thunder’s first sold out game at Spotless Stadium. He is in charge of the gloves behind the stumps and will be looking to make an impact as wicketkeeper. He signed on to the Thunder as the youngest player to sign a full KFC T20 Big Bash contract at 17 years of age. He will be looking to also have an impact with the bat.
Aiden Blizzard: Aiden Blizzard will be joining the Sydney Thunder for the second consecutive year and will be looking to make an impact with the bat. Aiden Blizzard impressed in the practice games earlier in the month, scoring 76 against New Zealand but was unfortunately not enough to get the win. His highest T20 score is 89 runs and in 95 matches has scored 64 sixes and 224 four’s. Blizzard will be looking to make a positive impact for the Thunder and assist them to victory.
Clint McKay: Clint McKay has signed onto the side for the second consecutive year in a row. McKay stands at 194 centimetres and bowls fast-medium, which came in handy for the Thunder last year assisting them to victory in the final against Melbourne Stars where he bowled 1 wicket for 40 runs. His best T20 figures stand at 4 wickets for 24 runs and McKay can also contribute to batting with a high score of 21 not out. He will be looking to make an impact with the ball throughout the season.
Fawad Ahmed: Fawad has signed onto the Sydney Thunder for the second consecutive year. Ahmed bowls leg-break and will be looking to have a significant impact with the ball for the Sydney Thunder. He recently has represented Victoria in Matador One-Day Cup matches and performed very well against Cricket Australia XI bowling figures of 4 wickets for 43 runs. His best T20 bowling figures stand at 3 wickets for 25 runs, which he will be trying to implement into the Thunder games.
Jay Lenton: Jay Lenton has been selected for his first season with the Sydney Thunder after making a huge impression during the Futures League matches. He works in administration for Cricket NSW but has impressed during his campaign for NSW in Future Leagues matches, in particular against the QLD under 23s side going on to score 68 runs which included eight four’s and assisted NSW to victory. Lenton is also a useful wicketkeeper and will most likely take over from Jake Doran if required.
Ryan Gibson: Ryan Gibson has cemented his place in the Sydney Thunder side after his terrific performance for Cricket Australia XI, in particularly against QLD where he scored 106 runs off 130 deliveries which included nine four’s and one six. The 22-year-old will be looking to impress with the bat and have a positive contribution to the Thunder’s total.
Arjun Nair: The youngest Sydney Thunder member at 18 years of age will be looking to impress with his bowling throughout the season. Nair represented Cricket Australia XI against Pakistan in the tour of Australia and impressed with the ball bowling 1 wicket for 36. In October he also impressed bowling 3 wickets for 15 runs (his best bowling figures) for Cricket Australia XI against Western Australia in Sydney.
Alister McDermott: Alister McDermott has signed with the Sydney Thunder for the second consecutive year. He is a right arm fast-medium bowler and his best T20 bowling figures are four wickets for 37 runs. He will be hoping for an opportunity to play in the green and have an impact with the ball.
Shane Watson (calf injury)- TBC when he will return
Usman Khawaja (Unavailable due to National selection)
The first BBL game kicks off tonight between Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers, at a sold out Spotless Stadium at 7:40pm [AEST].
Thunder Squad vs Sixers: Ben Rohrer (C), Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Jay Lenton, Clint McKay, Eoin Morgan, Kurtis Patterson, Gurinder Sandhu & Andre Russell.