|Home ground:||Sydney Showground Stadium|
|Official website:||Official Website
official Facebook page
|2015–16 Sydney Thunder season|
The Sydney Thunder are an Australian professional cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League. The team's home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park. Their team uniform is electric green.
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 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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|
|Michael Hussey||27 May 1975||Left-handed||Right arm medium||Captain|
|Usman Khawaja||18 December 1986||Left-handed||Right arm medium|
|Aiden Blizzard||27 June 1984||Left-handed||Left arm medium|
|Kurtis Patterson||5 April 1993||Left-handed||Right arm off spin|
|Ben Rohrer||26 March 1981||Left-handed|
|Jake Doran||2 December 1996||Left-handed||Right arm medium|
|Jacques Kallis||29 April 1988||Right-handed||Right arm fast||Overseas player|
|Andre Russell||16 October 1975||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium||Overseas player|
|Andrew McDonald||15 June 1981||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Shane Watson||17 June 1981||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Chris Green||1 October 1993||Right-handed||Right arm off spin|
|Ahillen Beadle||29 August 1986||Left-handed||Left arm orthodox|
|Chris Hartley||24 May 1982||Left-handed||—|
|Pat Cummins||8 May 1993||Right-handed||Right arm fast|
|Clint McKay||22 February 1983||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|Gurinder Sandhu||14 February 1993||Left-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|Fawad Ahmed||5 February 1982||Right-handed||Right arm leg spin|
|Jonte Pattison||3 October 1996||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
- Champions (0):
- Sydney Thunder Announce Spotless Stadium As New Home Ground
- 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.
- "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