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Big Bash League preview: Sydney Sixers team guide

Last summer’s semi-finalists are looking to start BBL|09 strong.


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The Sydney Sixers suffered a heartbreaking semi-final loss last summer against the Melbourne Renegades. However, they are eager to come back on top, especially after signing the world's best Test batsman, Steve Smith, and having Josh Hazlewood return to the team as well.

Both players were part of the Sixers squad that won the inaugural BBL. That being said, key players are likely to be unavailable due to international duties, including Smith, Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.

That means that the Sixers are looking to start the season strong. That way, they will already be fighting to qualify for the finals when the big names come back.

How to watch Sydney Sixers BBL matches

Cricket fans can watch matches of the Sydney Sixers live and free. While some games are on Channel 7, only Kayo and Foxtel have all matches live, courtesy of Fox Cricket. For more details, you can take a look at our guide on how to watch the BBL.

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Stream Sixers BBL matches on Kayo Sports

You can stream all Sydney Sixers matches live with Kayo Sports. A Basic subscription costs $25/month and lets you watch on two screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports three simultaneous streams for $35/month. Either way, new users get a 14-day free trial.

Kayo Sports offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world and great features like SplitView, which enables users to watch up to four videos at once on the same screen. You can read more about the service in our detailed Kayo Sports review. The platform is available via web, mobile devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Chromecast and Samsung TV's (2o18 and later).

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Watch Sixers games on Foxtel

To watch the Sydney Sixers on Fox Cricket you will need a Foxtel iQ subscription with the Sports HD pack. You can watch matches on TV or stream them to your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel GO app, which is free with your subscription. The Sports HD pack is available on top of the basic Foxtel Plus pack, which comes with a variety of entertainment channels. Users also get the iQ4, the set-top box that lets you record live TV and watch content in 4K quality.

Alternatively, you can follow the Sydney Sixers on Foxtel Now. The platform lets you watch matches live via the Internet as long as you have the Sport channel pack, which costs $29/month. You will also need to get the basic Essentials channel pack, which is $25/month and offers a mix of pop and lifestyle channels. New Foxtel Now clients get a 10-day free trial.

The service is available on laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app. Or, you can access Foxtel Now on selected smart TVs, Chromecast/AirPlay, Telstra TV, PS4 and the Foxtel Now box.

Sydney Sixers schedule

The Sydney Sixers start the new Big Bash League season against the Perth Scorchers on Wednesday 18 December. Here are the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|09:

Date Match Venue Time (AEDT) Where to watch
Wed, 18 Dec Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers SCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Fri, 20 Dec Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers Traeger Park 2:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Thu, 26 Dec Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers Optus Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sat, 28 Dec Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder SCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Thu, 2 Jan Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers Marvel Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sun, 5 Jan Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers TBC 6:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Wed, 8 Jan Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers Adelaide Oval 3:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Sun, 12 Jan Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers MCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Thu, 16 Jan Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes SCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sat, 18 Jan Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Sydney Showground Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Mon, 20 Jan Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars SCG 6:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Thu, 23 Jan Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers The Gabba 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sat, 25 Jan Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades SCG 3:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel

Sydney Sixers squad

Besides the team changes mentioned earlier, Sydney Sixers also brought in Jackson Bird from the Stars. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|09 season:

Player Age Caps Position Batting rank Bowling rank Allrounder rank
Moises Henriques (c) 32 191 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
Sean Abbott 29 80 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
Justin Avendano 26 3 Batter >100 >100 >100
Tom Curran 24 103 Bowler >100 59 >100
Ben Dwarshuis 25 40 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
Jack Edwards 19 10 Batter >100 >100 >100
Mickey Edwards 24 2 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Dan Fallins 23 2 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
Daniel Hughes 30 48 Batter >100 >100 >100
Nathan Lyon 32 40 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Stephen O'Keefe 35 77 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Josh Philippe 22 16 Batter >100 >100 >100
Lloyd Pope 20 6 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Jordan Silk 27 52 Batter >100 >100 >100
Steve Smith 30 182 Batter >100 >100 77
Henry Thornton 23 2 Bowler >100 >100 >100
James Vince 28 199 Batter >100 >100 57

Sydney Sixers history

The Sydney Sixers won the inaugural edition of the BBL. They were also runners-up twice, during BBL|04 and BBL|06. Last summer, they finished regular season in third position, but lost the semi-final.

The Sixers play their home games at Sydney Cricket Ground. Greg Shipperd is the team's coach, while Moises Henriques is team captain. Being from the same city, the Sixers share a rivalry with Thunder, with the Sydney Smash gathering impressive crowds every time.

Image source: Sydney Sixers website

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