Sydney Thunder

The Sydney Thunder are an Australian franchise professional cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League.[2][3] The team's home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium, known as Giants Stadium. Their team uniform is lime green. Thunder won the fifth edition of Big Bash, as well as the inaugural Women's Big Bash League.[2][3]

Sydney Thunder
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CoachNew Zealand Shane Bond
Team information
Colours  Lime Green
Home groundANZ Stadium (2011–2014)
Sydney Showground Stadium (2015–present)
CapacityApprox. 21,500[1]
BBL wins1 (BBL05)
Official websiteSydney Thunder

T20 kit

2019–20 Sydney Thunder season


Along with the Sydney Sixers, the Sydney Thunder are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The NSW Cricket board unanimously decided on lime green as the team's colour, though other colours were considered, and rejected as being too close to other Sydney sports teams.[2] Cricket Australia did not allow Cricket NSW to use the sky blue colour traditionally associated with New South Wales sports teams.

The team made their debut in the 2011-12 Big Bash League season – the inaugural season of the Big Bash League. The team performed poorly in its first years in the competition, finishing last in each of its first three seasons and second last in its fourth season.

From 2011 to 2014, the Thunder's home ground was ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park.[4] The team played their final two games of the 2014-15 Big Bash League season at Sydney Showground Stadium after they were unable to use ANZ Stadium due to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup association football tournament. In June 2015, the Thunder announced they would leave ANZ Stadium and play all home games at Sydney Showground Stadium until the 2024–25 BBL season.[1]

The 2015–16 Big Bash League season marked the first year in which the Thunder finished in the top half of the table, finishing 4th overall. Having won the first three games of the season and boasting a squad including Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja and Jacques Kallis, The Thunder soon became the favourites to win the tournament. However, the Thunder lost their following four games and it looked as if they were set to miss out on the finals. In their final game of the 2015–16 Big Bash League season, the Thunder defeated the Sixers for only the second time in their history to book a finals berth. The Thunder faced the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval in the first semi final, winning convincingly. The Thunder then faced the Stars in the Finals the Melbourne Stars. The final was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 24 January 2016 and resulted in the Thunder's defeat of the Melbourne Stars. The Sydney Thunder franchise also swept the titles as the women's team won the inaugural women's title hours ago on the same ground by the same margin with the same number of balls remaining (3 wickets with 3 balls remaining).[5] The men's game also featured a battle of two captains as brothers Michael and David Hussey went against each other on their mother's birthday.[6]

Michael Hussey announced his retirement from domestic cricket during BBL05, at the conclusion of the tournament he was announced the club's Director of Cricket, responsible for managing recruitment, contracts, facilities and scouting for the BBL squad.

Sydney Thunder were the most watched sports team in Australia during 2015/16 with an average TV audience of 1.2m.

Shane Watson was elected to captain the side in 2016.[7][8]

Role in the communityEdit

MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup

The MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup gives cricket players from seven cultural backgrounds the chance to experience the fun and excitement of Twenty20 cricket, whilst representing their community. The winning team from each community cricket round will represent their country in the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup Semi Finals, with the two winners of the semi-finals playing off in a Grand Final prior to a Sydney Thunder match at Spotless Stadium.

Thunder Bus

The Thunder Bus travels around schools and cricket club in Sydney and Regional NSW, it has an interactive quiz and inflatable nets. The Thunder Bus directly engaged with 100,000 children aged between 5- 12 during this period and was seen by over 1 Million people.


Sydney Thunder, like every other team, had a salary cap of $1 million for the first season of the Big Bash League, but in that season they spent almost half of the salary cap on the explosive opening combination of Chris Gayle and David Warner. Gayle was pursued by Perth Scorchers but he rejected an offer of $250,000 to stay with the New South Wales team.[9][10]

Sydney SmashEdit

When the league began in 2011, Cricket Australia decided they would place two teams in Sydney. With the core group of players for both sides coming from the New South Wales cricket team, this rivalry automatically becomes widely anticipated in Sydney. In the first four seasons of the BBL the Thunder lost all seven Sydney Derby games to the Sixers. However, in the first match of the fifth Big Bash League, the Thunder scored their first win against the Sixers, breaking the hoodoo set in place by their rivals in Magenta. The season also marked the first time the Thunder beat the Sixers in both games contested during the season.[11] As at 2020, all subsequent seasons have had one win by each team.

List of Sydney Smash matchesEdit

No. Date Winner Margin Venue Attendance MoM
8 January 2012
17 Runs (D/L) ANZ Stadium 31,262 Mitchell Starc
8 December 2012
7 Wickets SCG 15,279 Brad Haddin
30 December 2012
4 Wickets ANZ Stadium 20,986 Daniel Hughes
21 December 2013
6 Wickets SCG 18,180 Nic Maddinson
25 January 2014
8 Wickets ANZ Stadium 25,726 Nathan Lyon
27 December 2014
16 Runs ANZ Stadium 32,823 Aiden Blizzard
22 January 2015
4 Wickets SCG 36,487 Jordan Silk
17 December 2015
36 Runs Spotless Stadium 18,287 Michael Hussey
16 January 2016
46 Runs SCG 38,456 Shane Watson
20 December 2016
9 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,798 Moises Henriques
14 January 2017
8 Wickets SCG 39,756 Fawad Ahmed
19 December 2017
5 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,589 Shane Watson
13 January 2018
8 Wickets SCG 36,458 Chris Green
24 December 2018
21 Runs Spotless Stadium 10,508 Jos Buttler
2 February 2019
9 Wickets (D/L) SCG 34,385 Sean Abbott
28 December 2019
Super Over SCG 35,296 Tom Curran
18 January 2020
4 Runs (D/L) Giants Stadium 15,476 Chris Morris
13 January 2021
5 Wickets (D/L) Manuka Oval Steve O'Keefe

2020–21 BBL squadEdit

S/N Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Batting style Bowling style Notes
9 Oliver Davies   (2000-10-15) 15 October 2000 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm off break
12 Callum Ferguson   (1984-11-21) 21 November 1984 (age 36) Right-handed Right arm medium International Cap & Captain
18 Usman Khawaja   (1986-12-18) 18 December 1986 (age 34) Left-handed Right-arm medium International Cap
6 Alex Hales   (1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm medium International Cap
49 Alex Ross   (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm off-break
32 Jason Sangha   (1999-09-08) 8 September 1999 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm leg spin
93 Chris Green   (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off-break
24 Arjun Nair   (1998-04-12) 12 April 1998 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm off-break
44 Nathan McAndrew   (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
60 Daniel Sams   (1992-10-27) 27 October 1992 (age 28) Right-handed Left-arm fast medium International Cap
31 Ben Cutting   (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
7 Sam Billings   (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 29) Right-Handed Right-arm medium Visa contract & International Cap
22 Matt Gilkes   (1999-08-21) 21 August 1999 (age 21) Left-Handed Left-arm medium
16 Baxter Holt   (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Fast Bowlers
35 Brendan Doggett   (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
10 Adam Milne   (1992-04-13) 13 April 1992 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium Visa contract & International Cap
20 Chris Tremain   (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium International Cap
Spin bowlers
50 Jono Cook   (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm leg spin
17 Tanveer Sangha   (2001-11-26) 26 November 2001 (age 19) Right-handed Right arm leg spin

Year-by-year recordEdit

Year Finishing Position Finals
2011–12 8th DNQ
2012–13 8th DNQ
2013–14 8th DNQ
2014–15 7th DNQ
2015–16 4th Champions
2016–17 8th DNQ
2017–18 6th DNQ
2018–19 6th DNQ
2019–20 5th 3rd

Captains listEdit

[12] Name Years captain Captained Won Lost Tied[*] NR %[**]
1 David Warner 2011 1 1 0 0 0 100.00%
2 Daniel Smith 2011–2012 6 1 5 0 0 16.66%
3 Chris Rogers 2012 6 0 6 0 0 0%
4 Chris Gayle 2013 2 0 2 0 0 0%
5 Michael Hussey 2013–2016 23 9 14 0 0 39.13%
6 Chris Hartley 2015 2 0 1 0 1 0%
7 Shane Watson 2016–2019 31 13 17 0 1 43.33%
8 Ben Rohrer 2016 2 0 2 0 0 0%
9 Callum Ferguson 2019– 14 6 6 1 1 50.00%

^* Includes matches determined by a Super Over ^** Ties counted as half a win




Sydney Thunder are sponsored by Mazda, Transport for NSW, Homeworld, Sydney Water and Moneygram for the BBL06 season.[13]

BBL Team Sponsors:

Years Kit Manufacturers Chest Sponsor Breast Sponsor
2011–12 KooGa Cudo
2012–13 Webjet University of Canberra
2014–15 Majestic Athletic Mazda Spot Jobs
2015–16 Homeworld

WBBL Team Sponsors:

Years Kit Manufactures Chest Sponsor Breast Sponsor Back Sponsor
2015–16 Majestic Athletic Rebel Sports X Venture X Venture
2016–17 Mazda Homeworld
2018–19 Mazda Homeworld

Imported playersEdit

The following players have been imported to play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League:[14]

Sydney Thunder imported players in the Big Bash League
BBL Player Country
BBL10 Sam Billings England
BBL10 Alex Hales England
BBL10 Adam Milne New Zealand
BBL06 Carlos Brathwaite West Indies
BBL08 Jos Butler England
BBL04 Cameron Delport South Africa
BBL08 Anton Devcich New Zealand
BBL03 Tillakaratne Dilshan Sri Lanka
BBL01 Fidel Edwards West Indies
BBL01 – BBL02 Chris Gayle West Indies
BBL02 Martin Guptill New Zealand
BBL08 Chris Jordan England
BBL04 – BBL05 Jacques Kallis South Africa
BBL04 + Craig Kieswetter England
BBL07 Mitchell McClenaghan New Zealand
BBL01 Azhar Mahmood Pakistan
BBL03 Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka
BBL03 and BBL06 Eoin Morgan Ireland/England
BBL05 Henry Nicholls New Zealand
BBL02 Matt Prior England
BBL08 Joe Root England
BBL04 Jason Roy England
BBL05 Andre Russell West Indies
BBL06 James Vince England
BBL03 Chris Woakes England

+= Did not play a game

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Sydney Thunder Announce Spotless Stadium As New Home Ground". Sydney Thunder. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Wu, Andrew (15 March 2011). "Sydney Thunder to clash with Sixers in Big Bash". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b "New Twenty20 Big Bash league to feature teams in pink, orange and purple as tradition is abandoned". Fox Sports (Australia). 6 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  4. ^ "BBL team names and colours". 6 April 2011. Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Thunder claim the first WBBL title". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Thunder toast historic double". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ Watson to skipper Thunder
  9. ^ "Chris Gayle signs for Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League". Herald Sun. 30 June 2011.
  10. ^ GAYLE JOINS WARNER AT THUNDER Archived 5 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Thunder Nation Made Proud At Spotless". Sydney Thunder.
  12. ^ "Big Bash League - Sydney Thunder / Records / Most matches as captain". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media Ltd. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Sydney Thunder Website".
  14. ^ "Sydney Thunder Website".

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