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Big Bash League preview: Sydney Thunder team guide

After a season of missed opportunities, Sydney Thunder hope that fresh blood will give them the edge during BBL|09.

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BBL|08 was rough for Sydney Thunder, with the team finishing the regular season sixth, just a point off the finals. Additionally, they lost a bunch of key players, so they've been particularly active on the transfer market during the off-season as they worked towards revamping the squad.

Sydney Thunder departures include Jos Buttler (England), Shane Watson (retired), Joe Root (England) and Kurtis Patterson (Scorchers). Meanwhile, Englishman Alex Hales and South African Chris Morris have been brought in and are set to be available for the duration of the tournament. Sydney Thunder also hope that the addition of rising star Tanveer Sangha will make a difference during BBL|09.

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How to watch Sydney Thunder BBL matches

Cricket fans can watch Sydney Thunder matches live and free. While some games are on Channel 7, only Kayo and Foxtel have all matches live, courtesy of Fox Cricket. Additional information is available in our guide on how to watch the BBL.

You can watch every Thunder match via the Internet with Kayo Sports.

Watch Sydney Thunder BBL matches via Kayo Sports

The online service offers extensive coverage of cricket, as well as over 50 sports from all over the world. Users can get a Basic subscription for $25 or a Premium one for $35/month. The first lets you watch on two screens at the same time, while the latter supports three simultaneous streams. Either way, new users get a 14-day free trial.

Besides the excellent content library, Kayo Sports comes with fun features like SplitView, which lets you watch up to four videos at once on the same screen. You can read our detailed Kayo Sports review for details. The platform is available via web, mobile devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Chromecast and Samsung TV (2018 or later).

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Watch Big Bash League live on Foxtel

On TV, you can follow Sydney Thunder live with Foxtel iQ, as long as you have the Sports HD pack. You can get it on top of Foxtel Plus, which comes with a wide range of entertainment channels. Subscriptions also include the iQ4, the set-top box that enables you to watch content in 4K video quality and record live TV. Alternatively, you can stream matches to your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel GO app, available free with your subscription.

Sydney Thunder matches stream on Foxtel Now as well, so you can watch live with the Sport channel pack. It costs $29/month on top of the base Essentials channel pack, priced at $25/month. A 10-day free trial is available for new users.

You can access Foxtel Now via laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app, as well as on selected smart TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, Telstra TV, PS4 and the Foxtel Now box.

Sydney Thunder schedule

Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat start their BBL campaigns against each other Tuesday 17 December – the opening game of the season. Here are the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|09, alternatively you can find the entire draw here:

Date Match Venue Time (AEDT) Where to watch
Tue, 17 Dec Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder The Gabba 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Thu, 19 Dec Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder GMHBA Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sat, 21 Dec Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers TBC 6:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Sat, 28 Dec Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder SCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Tue, 31 Dec Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder Adelaide Oval 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Thu, 2 Jan Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars Sydney Showground Stadium 3:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Mon, 6 Jan Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Sydney Showground Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Wed, 8 Jan Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder MCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sat, 11 Jan Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes Sydney Showground Stadium 6:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Wed, 15 Jan Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades TBC 6:10 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 Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder Optus Stadium 9:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Fri, 24 Jan Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder Blundstone Arena 6:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sun, 26 Jan Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers Sydney Showground Stadium 2:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7

Sydney Thunder squad

Besides the transfers mentioned earlier, Sydney Thunder also signed Alex Ross from Brisbane Heat and Chris Tremain from the Renegades. Usman Khawaja should also be available for the entire tournament, unless he receives a lifeline from Cricket Australia.

Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|09 season:

Player Age Caps Position Batting rank Bowling rank Allrounder rank
Callum Ferguson (c) 35 115 Batter >100 >100 >100
Jonathan Cook 30 9 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Oliver Davies 19 - >100 >100 >100
Brendan Doggett 25 15 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Matthew Gilkes 20 2 Wicketkeeper >100 >100 >100
Chris Green 26 75 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Alex Hales 30 234 Batter >100 >100 15
Usman Khawaja 32 66 Batter >100 >100 >100
Jay Lenton 29 12 Wicketkeeper >100 >100 >100
Nathan McAndrew 26 6 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Chris Morris 32 193 Bowler >100 19 >100
Arjun Nair 21 18 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
Alex Ross 27 48 Batter >100 >100 >100
Daniel Sams 27 20 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Gurinder Sandhu 26 46 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Jason Sangha 20 13 Batter >100 >100 >100
Chris Tremain 28 38 Bowler >100 >100 >100

Sydney Thunder history

Sydney Thunder play their home games on Sydney Showground Stadium, known as Giants Stadium. Their coach is Shane Bond, while Callum Ferguson is team captain.

Thunder had a disappointing start in the BBL, placing last for the first three seasons and second last during their fourth. However, they qualified for the finals during BBL|05 and managed to come out on top, winning their first title. Unfortunately, they haven't been able to repeat that performance since.

Being based in the same city, Sydney Thunder shares a rivalry with the Sixers. The Sydney Smash is always a treat to watch.

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Image source: Sydney Thunder website

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