|Home ground:||ANZ Stadium|
|BBL wins:||0 (Group Stage 2011–12)|
|Official website:||Official Website
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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's west. Their team uniform is electric green.
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.
Their General Manager is Nick Cummins, their coach is Chandika Hathurusingha, Their inaugural captain is David Warner. On 17 December 2011, the Sydney Thunder overcame the Melbourne Stars by 6 wickets at the MCG in their inaugural Big Bash match, with captain David Warner making 102 not out from 51 balls. In their second match, the Thunder won as Chris Gayle blasted 100 not out. This was to be the Sydney Thunder's last win in the Big Bash League approaching the final round as they slumped to miss the finals without superstar captain David Warner who was on Test duty. In February 2012, Cricket Australia urged Sydney Thunder to recruit more Asian players, in order to widen the fan base.
Sydney Thunder are easily the worst performing team in the Big Bash League. Short sighted recuriting strategies has seen the team win just one match in the last two seasons. Luring big name players such as Michael Clarke and David Warner has backfired, with the pair playing one game between them in the 2013/14 season. These high profile signings have taken away valuable salary cap money to recruit other big names and have seen an obvious lack of depth within the side. Also, with the majority of the New South Wales squad joining the Sydney Sixers, the majority of the team has been made up of fringe players from the remaining states.
2011 player signings
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.
Year-By Year Record
|Year||Big Bash League||Year||Champions League Twenty20|
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|Cameron Borgas||1 September 1983||Right-handed||Right arm off spin|
|Michael Clarke||2 April 1981||Right-handed||Left arm orthodox||Captain|
|Michael Hussey||27 May 1975||Left-handed||Right arm medium|
|David Warner||27 October 1986||Left-handed||Right arm leg spin|
|Kurtis Patterson||5 April 1993||Left-handed||Right arm off spin|
|Daniel Hughes||16 February 1989||Left-handed||Right arm medium|
|Eoin Morgan||10 September 1986||Left-handed||Right arm medium||Overseas player|
|Usman Khawaja||18 December 1986||Left-handed||Right arm medium|
|Jake Doran||2 November 1996||Left-handed||Left arm medium||Rookie contract|
|Ahilen Beadle||29 August 1986||Left-handed||Left arm orthodox|
|Jason Floros||24 December 1990||Left-handed||Right arm off spin|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan||14 October 1976||Right-handed||Right arm off spin||Overseas player|
|Chris Woakes||2 March 1989||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium||Overseas player|
|Andrew Tye||12 December 1986||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|Jeremy Maher||23 September 1994||Left-handed||Left arm medium||Rookie contract|
|Ryan Carters||25 July 1990||Right-handed||–|
|Scott Coyte||7 March 1985||Left-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|Dirk Nannes||16 May 1976||Right-handed||Left arm fast|
|Gurinder Sandhu||14 February 1993||Left-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|Chris Tremain||10 August 1991||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|Luke Feldman||1 August 1984||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|Luke Doran||14 August 1991||Right-handed||Left arm orthodox|
|Ajantha Mendis||11 March 1985||Right-handed||Right arm leg spin||Overseas player|
|Carl Sandri||11 July 1983||Right-handed||Right arm off spin||Australian born but plays T20 for Italy|
|Blake Dean||15 September 1987||Right-handed||Right arm leg spin|
- Big Bash:
- Champions (0):
- Runners-Up (0):
- Minor Premiers (0):
- Finals Series Appearances (0):
- Wooden Spoons (3): 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14
- Champions (0):
- Wu, Andrew (15 March 2011). "Sydney Thunder to clash with Sixers in Big Bash". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- "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.
- "BBL team names and colours". 6 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/story/514581.html Sydney's 2 Big Bash League Team's General Managers unveiled
- "Cricket Australia official urges Sydney Thunder to recruit Indian, Sri Lankan players". News Track India. ANI. 19 February 2012.
- "Chris Gayle signs for Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League". Herald Sun. 30 June 2011.
- GAYLE JOINS WARNER AT THUNDER Bigbash.com.au.[dead link]
- "Sydney Thunder Website".
- Less Gaskin. University of Canberra Reaffirms Sporting Focus. SMH 13 Dec. 2013 http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/university-of-canberra-reaffirms-sporting-focus-with-big-bash-league-20131213-2zbmn.html