Sydney Thunder

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Sydney Thunder
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Captain: Australia Michael Hussey
Coach: Paddy Upton
Colours:      Electric green
Founded: 2011
Home ground: ANZ Stadium 2011-present
Sydney Showground Stadium 2014-present
Capacity: 83,500
BBL wins: 0
Official website: Official Website
official Facebook page

The Sydney Thunder are an Australian professional cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League.[1][2] The team's captain for the 2013–14 season was Michael Clarke, while the team's coach was Chandika Hathurusingha, who resigned from the position in May 2014 in order to coach the Bangladesh national side. The team has finished last in each of its three seasons in the competition.

Along with the Sydney Sixers they are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The Thunder's home ground is ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park. [3] Their team uniform is electric green.[1][2] Cricket Australia did not allow Cricket NSW to use the sky blue colour traditionally associated with New South Wales sports teams. The Cricket NSW board unanimously decided on electric green as the team's colour, though other colours were considered, and rejected as being too close to other Sydney sports teams.[1]

2011 player signings[edit]

Sydney Thunder, like every other team, has a salary cap of $1 million for the first season of the Big Bash League, but they have 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.[4][5]

Year-By Year Record[edit]

Year Big Bash League Year Champions League Twenty20
2011–12 8th 2012 DNQ
2012–13 8th 2013 DNQ
2013–14 8th 2014 DNQ
2014–15 7th 2015 DNQ

2014/15 squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Michael Hussey Australia (1975-05-27) 27 May 1975 (age 40) Left-handed Right arm medium Captain
Eoin Morgan England (1986-09-10) 10 September 1986 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm medium Overseas player
Usman Khawaja Australia (1986-12-18) 18 December 1986 (age 28) Left-handed Right arm medium
Aiden Blizzard Australia (1984-06-27) 27 June 1984 (age 30) Left-handed Left arm medium
Daniel Hughes Australia (1989-02-16) 16 February 1989 (age 26) Left-handed Right arm medium
Kurtis Patterson Australia (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 22) Left-handed Right arm off spin
Ahillen Beadle Australia (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 28) Left-handed Left arm orthodox
Jacques Kallis South Africa (1975-10-16) 16 October 1975 (age 39) Right-handed Right arm fast medium Overseas player
Andrew McDonald Australia (1981-06-15) 15 June 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Chris Hartley Australia (1982-05-24) 24 May 1982 (age 33) Left-handed
Jake Doran Australia (1996-12-02) 2 December 1996 (age 18) Left-handed Right arm medium
Pace bowlers
Dirk Nannes Australia (1976-05-16) 16 May 1976 (age 39) Right-handed Left arm fast
Patrick Cummins Australia (1993-05-08) 8 May 1993 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm fast
Gurinder Sandhu Australia (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 (age 22) Left-handed Right arm fast medium
Josh Lalor Australia (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Chris Tremain Australia (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
Spin bowlers
Nathan Hauritz Australia (1981-10-18) 18 October 1981 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm off spin
Christopher Green Australia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm off spin



  • Big Bash:
    • Champions (0):
      • Runners-Up (0):
      • Minor Premiers (0):
    • Finals Series Appearances (0):
    • Wooden Spoons (3): 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14


Sydney Thunder are sponsored by Mazda, Transport for NSW, TFE Hotels, Triple M and SpotJobs for the 2014/15 season.[6] University of Canberra is a sponsor for 2013–14.[7]

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