Sydney Sixers

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Sydney Sixers
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Captain: Australia Brad Haddin
Coach: Australia Trevor Bayliss
Colours:      Magenta
Founded: 2011
Home ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Capacity: 46,000
BBL wins: 1 (2011–12)
CLT20 wins: 1 (2012)
Official website: sydneysixers.com.au
2013–14 Sydney Sixers season

The Sydney Sixers are an Australian professional men's cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League.[1] Along with the Sydney Thunder, the Sixers are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The Sixers represent eastern Sydney and their home ground is the Sydney Cricket Ground while the Thunder will play out of ANZ Stadium in Sydney's west. The inaugural coach is Trevor Bayliss[2] and Stuart Clark is the General Manager.[3] The Sixers' inaugural captain is Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin.

Competing in the inaugural Big Bash League, the Sydney Sixers went on to win the tournament. After finishing third in the regular season games, the Sixers defeated the Hobart Hurricanes in the semi-final at Bellerive Oval. This facilitated a show-down with the Perth Scorchers in the final. They defeated the Scorchers on 28 January 2012, at the WACA Ground, thus becoming the inaugural champions of the Big Bash League.[4]

As a result of their successful Big Bash League grand final win, the Sixers competed for the first time in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. The tournament was held in October 2012 in South Africa. Again, the Sixers made history by winning this tournament on their first attempt. The Sixers were top of their group going into the finals of the tournament. They went on to defeat the Nashua Titans in the semi-finals and then the Highveld Lions in the final of the tournament to be crowned champions.

In August 2012, the Sixers signed up Sydney Thunder captain David Warner.

History[edit]

The Sydney Sixers were created when the decision was made to move away from state representative teams to city-based teams for the domestic Twenty20 competition. It is believed that this move was to align its structure with that of India and South Africa, where their domestic teams are based around cities. This was an important factor for the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 tournament, where those three nations were founding members. It was decided that there would be two teams from Sydney, two teams from Melbourne, and one from each other capital city for an eight team competition. The names Sixers (and Thunder for cross-city rivals) were decided upon by Cricket NSW. Other names considered for the two teams were Rocks and Edge.[5] The Sixers won the 2011-12 inaugural Big Bash League, defeating the Perth Scorchers at the WACA Ground. The Sixers then went on to win the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa on their first attempt, when they defeated the Highveld Lions in the final.

Colours[edit]

The Sixers play in a magenta strip. While a spokesperson from Cricket NSW alluded that the team's colours may have some connection with the "Pink dollar" and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, pink was ultimately chosen for reasons more related to McGrath Foundation, and to create a "really rock star, high-profile cricket team".[5] Orange and yellow had also been considered for the Sixers and cross-town rivals, Sydney Thunder, but Cricket NSW believed these colours were too similar to that of the Western Australian cricket team, the Wests Tigers (NRL) and the GWS Giants (AFL). Magenta, therefore, gave a unique identity for the team and attempted to create a reflection of the competition which was "new and vibrant."[5]

Home Ground[edit]

The Sydney Sixers play out of the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. The stadium will have a capacity of 48,000 when the completion of redevelopments are set to finish in 2014 (in time for The Ashes series between Australia and England). Apart of the makeover includes new state-of-art facilities and grandstand as well as one of the biggest video screens in the southern hemisphere.[6] The renovation is set to cost US$191 million.[7]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
Michael Lumb England (1980-02-12) 12 February 1980 (age 34) Left-handed Right arm medium Overseas player
Marcus North Australia (1979-07-28) 28 July 1979 (age 34) Left-handed Right arm off spin
Nic Maddinson Australia (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 22) Left-handed Left arm orthodox
Jordan Silk Australia (1992-04-13) 13 April 1992 (age 22) Right-handed -
All-rounders
Steve Smith Australia (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm leg spin
Stephen O'Keefe Australia (1984-12-09) 9 December 1984 (age 29) Right-handed Left arm orthodox
Moises Henriques Australia (1987-02-01) 1 February 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
Sean Abbott Australia (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
Ben Dwarshuis Australia (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 20) Left-handed Left arm fast medium
Wicketkeepers
Brad Haddin Australia (1977-10-23) 23 October 1977 (age 36) Right-handed Captain
Pace bowlers
Brett Lee Australia (1976-11-08) 8 November 1976 (age 37) Right-handed Right arm fast
Mitchell Starc Australia (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 24) Left-handed Left-arm fast medium
Josh Hazlewood Australia (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 23) Left-handed Right arm fast medium
Trent Copeland Australia (1986-03-14) 14 March 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
Spin bowlers
Nathan Lyon Australia (1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off spin

Year by year history[edit]

Season Big Bash League CLT20
Pld Won Loss NR League Position Finals Place Qualified Pld Won Loss NR Group Position Finals Place
2011–12 7 (2) 5 (2) 2 (0) 0 (0) 3rd Champions Did Not Qualify
2012–13 8 3 5 0 7th DNQ Yes 4 (2) 4 (2) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1st Champions
2013–14 8 (1) 6 (0) 2 (1) 0 (0) 2nd Semi Finals Did Not Qualify

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]


International[edit]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bigbash.com.au/announcements/bbl-team-names
  2. ^ "Trevor Bayliss announced as coach of Sydney Sixers". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Stuart Clark named General Manager". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Moises leads Sixers to glory". ABC Radio Grandstand (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 29 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Wu, Andrew (15 March 2011). "Sydney Thunder to clash with Sixers in Big Bash". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "SCG set for makeover". Au.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  7. ^ "SCG gets USD 191 million makeover before 2014 ashes". Thatscricket.com. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 

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