Big Bash League preview: Sydney Thunder team guide
After an all-around good season in BBL|09, the Sydney Thunder hope that fresh blood will give them the edge.
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BBL|09 was a significant improvement for Sydney Thunder. The team finished fifth after the regular season and qualified for the finals for the first time in four years. They went on to win the Eliminator and the Knockout but lost the Challenger to Melbourne Stars.
Now, the team is looking forward to another great run during BBL|10. To make sure that happens, Thunder brought in all-rounder Ben Cutting from Heat and signed England international Sam Billings and New Zealand cricketer Adam Milne.
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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 Sports 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.
Sydney Thunder schedule
Sydney Thunder's first match of the season will be against the Melbourne Stars on Saturday 12 December. Here are the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|10, alternatively you can find the entire draw here:
|Date||Match||Venue||Time (AEDT)||Where to watch|
|Saturday, 12 December 2020||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder||Manuka Oval||4:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Monday, 14 December 2020||Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat||Manuka Oval||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Tuesday, 22 December 2020||Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers||Manuka Oval||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Saturday, 26 December 2020||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades||Manuka Oval||6:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Tuesday, 29 December 2020||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars||Manuka Oval||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Friday, 1 January 2021||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Monday, 4 January 2021||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Thursday, 7 January 2021||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder||TBC||6:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Saturday, 9 January 2021||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Wednesday, 13 January 2021||Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Monday, 18 January 2021||Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Friday, 22 January 2021||Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Sunday, 24 January 2021||Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers||TBC||4:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Saturday, 25 January 2020||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
Sydney Thunder squad
Besides the transfers mentioned earlier, Sydney Thunder is also bringing back Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson and Usman Khawaja. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|10 season:
|Chris Morris||33||South Africa||All-rounders|
|Brendan Doggett||26||Australia||Fast Bowlers|
|Liam Hatcher||24||Australia||Fast Bowlers|
|Gurinder Sandhu||27||Australia||Fast Bowlers|
|Chris Tremain||29||Australia||Fast Bowlers|
|Liam Bowe||23||Australia||Spin bowlers|
|Jono Cook||30||Australia||Spin bowlers|
Sydney Thunder history
Sydney Thunder play their home games on Sydney Showground Stadium at Olympic Park. Their coach is Shane Bond, while Ferguson is team captain.
The 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 weren't able to qualify for the finals again until BBL|09.
Image source: Sydney Thunder website
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