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: Sydney Showground Stadium
Capacity: Approx. 22,000[1]
BBL wins: 0
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.[2][3] The team's home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park. Their team uniform is electric green.[2][3]


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.[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]


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.[5][6]

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[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

2015/16 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
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 31) Left-handed Left arm medium
Kurtis Patterson Australia (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 22) Left-handed Right arm off spin
Ben Rohrer Australia (1981-03-26) 26 March 1981 (age 34) Left-handed
Jake Doran Australia (1996-12-02) 2 December 1996 (age 18) Left-handed Right arm medium
Jacques Kallis South Africa (1988-04-29) 29 April 1988 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm fast Overseas player
Andre Russell Jamaica (1975-10-16) 16 October 1975 (age 40) Right-handed Right arm fast medium Overseas player
Andrew McDonald Australia (1981-06-15) 15 June 1981 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Shane Watson Australia (1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Chris Green Australia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm off spin
Ahillen Beadle Australia (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 29) Left-handed Left arm orthodox
Chris Hartley Australia (1982-05-24) 24 May 1982 (age 33) Left-handed
Pace bowlers
Pat Cummins Australia (1993-05-08) 8 May 1993 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm fast
Clint McKay Australia (1983-02-22) 22 February 1983 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
Gurinder Sandhu Australia (1993-02-14) 14 February 1993 (age 22) Left-handed Right arm fast medium
Spin bowlers
Fawad Ahmed Australia (1982-02-05) 5 February 1982 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm leg spin
Jonte Pattison Australia (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 19) 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.[7] University of Canberra is a sponsor for 2013–14.[8]

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