Sydney Thunder Players Journey & Prep on BBL13 Spotlight

2023/12/12

Sydney Thunder is another team from Sydney, participating in the Big Bash League. Many Legendary Sydney Thunder players have played from the Thunder team which include the Universe Boss Chris Gayle, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Dirk Nannes etc.

However, this team is not as successful as its rival team, but has been a part of various wonderful BBL seasons and matches.

Thunder has won the BBL trophy once in the 2015-16 season.

This blog will discuss the recent performances, current squad for upcoming season and its analysis, rivalry with Sydney Sixers, team preparation for the upcoming seasons, fans love for the team, and our prediction about the Thunder standing and performance in this season 13 of Big Bash League.

Sydney Thunder Players Journey & Prep on BBL13 Spotlight

Sydney Thunder statistical Analysis in BBL History

Except for the Championship season of 2015-2016, Thunders have not been a top side. In most of the BBL seasons, they could not even qualify for the semi finals or Playoffs. The following table shows the season wise performances of Thunder in the BBL and their standings at the end of each season.

Season

Matches Played

Win

Loss

No Result

Points

NRR

Position

Finals

2011–12

7

2

5

0

4

-1.124

8th

DNQ

2012–13

8

0

8

0

0

-1.292

8th

DNQ

2013–14

8

1

7

0

2

-0.437

8th

DNQ

2014–15

8

2

5

1

4

-0.881

7th

DNQ

2015–16

10

6

4

0

12

+0.343

4th

Champions

2016–17

8

3

5

0

6

-0.316

8th

DNQ

2017–18

10

4

6

0

8

+0.034

6th

DNQ

2018–19

14

6

7

1

12

-0.067

6th

DNQ

2019–20

17

8

8

1

16

-0.013

5th

3rd

2020–21

15

8

7

0

16

+0.493

3rd

4th

2021–22

15

9

6

0

18

+0.443

3rd

4th

2022–23

15

7

8

0

14

-0.419

4th

5th

Sydney Smash:

Sydney Sixers and Thunders clash in the Sydney Smash BBL match that has developed a serious rivalry among the players and teams.

Even fans and citizens of this city are divided into their favourite team and rooting for them from stands in this high voltage clash.

Sixers have been a dominant side in this head to head clash and the following table shows a brief description of Sydney Smash previous records.

Sydney Thunder

Head to Head

Sydney Sixers

23

Total matches

23

7

Won

16

232

Highest Team Total

197

28

Lowest Team Total

76

Alex Hales (233)

Most Runs

Daniel Hughes (497)

Daniel Sams (17)

Most Wickets

Sean Abbott (25)

Sydney Thunder Players Squad for BBL 2023-24:

Thunders announced their final squad for the upcoming season of BBL a few days back and here is how it looks like.

Name

Role

Nationality

Batting style

Bowling style

Alex Hales

Batsman

 England

Right-handed

Right-arm medium

Cameron Bancroft

Batsman

Australia

Right-handed

Right-arm medium fast

Ollie Davies

Batsman

Australia

Right-handed

Right-arm off break

Jason Sangha

Batsman

Australia

Right-handed

Right arm leg spin

David Warner

Batsman

Australia

Left-handed

Right arm leg break

Blake Nikitaras

Batsman

Australia

Left-handed

Nil

Alex Ross

Batsman

Australia

Right-handed

Right-arm off-break

Chris Green (C)

All Rounder

Australia

Right-handed

Right-arm off break

Daniel Sams

All Rounder

Australia

Right-handed

Left-arm fast medium

Matthew Gilkes

Bowler

Australia

Left-handed

Left-arm medium

Gurinder Sandhu

Bowler

Australia

Right-handed

Right arm fast medium

Nathan McAndrew

Bowler

Australia

Right-handed

Right-arm medium fast

Tanveer Sangha

Bowler

Australia

Right-handed

Right arm leg spin

Liam Hatcher

Bowler

Australia

Right-handed

Right-Arm Fast Seam

Zaman Khan

Bowler

Pakistan

Right-handed

Right-Arm Fast Seam

Key Sydney Thunder Players in the upcoming Big Bash League

The Thunder would highly depend on their experienced international players to give their best for the team.

The Sydney Thunder players has two experienced and world cup winning openers, Alex Hales and David Warner who would set the tone for the Thunders and Cameron Bancroft and Alex Ross will anchor and finish the innings.

Cameron Green who has been a consistent performer for the Thunders has been given the role of captaining the side this BBL season and he would be adding value with his spin bowling and some lower order hitting.

Another Sydney Thunder players to keep an eye on is Daniel Sams. He's an exceptional all-rounder who can contribute with both bat and ball.

Zaman Khan who has been picked up in the Overseas category has been phenomenal in the death overs and that would be interesting to see how he performs on Australian Pitches.

Sydney Thunder Players Journey & Prep on BBL13 Spotlight

Preparation and Challenges for Thunder in BBL 2024

Now, talking about Thunders preparations for Season 13 of the BBL, the Management have done a fantastic job in picking up the players in the BBL draft that happened a few months back.

The top order of the teams looks solid and team overall performance would be depending alot on them.

However, Sydney Thunders squad lacks specialist All-Rounder who can perform with bat and bowl consistently. Green and Sams are not specialist quality All-Rounders and same goes for their bowling unit with no experienced fast bowler and spinner in the squad.

So, the overall team balance and individual performances need to be addressed.

Home Ground & Fans Support For Thunder

Thunders are based in Sydney, New South Wales, and have a passionate fan base that supports them through thick and thin. The team's home ground is the Sydney Showground Stadium.

This stadium is relatively smaller than other major cricketing arenas and stadiums in Australia.

However, the passionate fans and supporters of Thunders create a great environment. The Sydney Showdown Stadium has a seating capacity of around 26,000 and offers modern facilities and clear match viewing experience to the spectators.

Big Bash League 2023-24 Winning Prediction about Thunder

In terms of predictions for the upcoming BBL season, Thunders have a strong squad and players are in great touch.

They are definitely a contender for their second BBL trophy but it would be a very rollercoaster of a ride for them as Sydney Thunder will face issues in team combination and players injuries. Therefore, our prediction is that the Thunder team will do well but might finish in the bottom half of the table.


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