Sydney Thunder
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CaptainAustralia Chris Green
Australia Jason Sangha (Acting)
CoachAustralia Trevor Bayliss
Team information
Colours  Lime Green
Home groundSydney Showground Stadium
CapacityApprox. 21,500[1]
BBL wins1 (BBL05)
Official websiteSydney Thunder

T20 kit


The Sydney Thunder are an Australian franchise professional cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League.[2][3] Along with the Sydney Sixers, the Thunder are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The team's home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium.


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 NSW Cricket board unanimously decided on lime 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 Stadium Australia 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 Stadium Australia due to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup association football tournament. In June 2015, the Thunder announced they would leave Stadium Australia and play all home games at Sydney Showground Stadium until the 2024–25 BBL season.[1]

The 2015–16 Big Bash League season marked the first year in which the Thunder finished in the top half of the table, finishing 4th overall. Having won the first three games of the season and boasting a squad including Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja and Jacques Kallis, the Thunder soon became the favourites to win the tournament. However, the Thunder lost their following four games and were in danger of missing the finals. In their final game of the 2015–16 Big Bash League season, the Thunder defeated the Sixers for only the second time in their history to book a finals berth. The Thunder faced the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval in the first semi final, winning convincingly. The Thunder then faced the Stars in the Finals the Melbourne Stars. The final was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 24 January 2016 and resulted in the Thunder defeating the Melbourne Stars by 3 wickets. Michael Hussey announced his retirement from domestic cricket during BBL05, at the conclusion of the tournament he was announced the club's Director of Cricket, responsible for managing recruitment, contracts, facilities and scouting for the BBL squad. The Thunder were the most watched sports team in Australia during 2015-16 with an average TV audience of 1.2m.

Shane Watson was elected to captain the side in 2016.[5][6] Watson captained the Thunder for three seasons, failing to qualify for the finals in each of them.

In 2019, Callum Ferguson was named as the new Thunder captain, subsequently qualifying for the finals during his two seasons in charge. Chris Green and Jason Sangha shared the captaincy role for the COVID-19 effected 2021-22 season as the Thunder were knocked out in their first finals game after finishing 3rd on the ladder.

Role in the community

MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup

The MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup gives cricket players from seven cultural backgrounds the chance to experience the fun and excitement of Twenty20 cricket, whilst representing their community. The winning team from each community cricket round will represent their country in the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup Semi Finals, with the two winners of the semi-finals playing off in a Grand Final prior to a Sydney Thunder match at Spotless Stadium.

Thunder Bus

The Thunder Bus travels around schools and cricket club in Sydney and Regional NSW, it has an interactive quiz and inflatable nets. The Thunder Bus directly engaged with 100,000 children aged between 5- 12 during this period and was seen by over 1 Million people.


Sydney Thunder, like every other team, had a salary cap of $1 million for the first season of the Big Bash League, but in that season they 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.[7][8]

Current squad

See also: 2021–22 Sydney Thunder season

The current squad of the Sydney Thunder for the 2021–22 Big Bash League season as of 7 December 2021.[9]

S/N Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Batting style Bowling style Notes
18 Usman Khawaja  Australia (1986-12-18) 18 December 1986 (age 35) Left-handed Right-arm off-break Captain
6 Alex Hales  England (1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm medium
9 Oliver Davies  Australia (2000-10-15) 15 October 2000 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
49 Alex Ross  Australia (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off-break
32 Jason Sangha  Australia (1999-09-08) 8 September 1999 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm leg spin
93 Chris Green  Australia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm off-break Vice captain
44 Nathan McAndrew  Australia (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
95 Daniel Sams  Australia (1992-10-27) 27 October 1992 (age 29) Right-handed Left-arm fast medium
31 Ben Cutting  Australia (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
7 Sam Billings  England (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 30) Right-Handed Right-arm medium Visa contract
22 Matt Gilkes  Australia (1999-08-21) 21 August 1999 (age 22) Left-Handed Left-arm medium
16 Baxter Holt  Australia (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium
3 Sam Whiteman  Australia (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 30) Left-handed Left-arm medium Replacement player
11 Saqib Mahmood  England (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast Visa contract
35 Brendan Doggett  Australia (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
20 Chris Tremain  Australia (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
50 Jono Cook  Australia (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm leg spin
28 Gurinder Sandhu  Australia (1993-06-14) 14 June 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
17 Tanveer Sangha  Australia (2001-11-26) 26 November 2001 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm leg spin

Administration and support staff

Role Name

Year-by-year record

Year Finishing Position Finals
2011–12 8th DNQ
2012–13 8th DNQ
2013–14 8th DNQ
2014–15 7th DNQ
2015–16 4th Champions
2016–17 8th DNQ
2017–18 6th DNQ
2018–19 6th DNQ
2019–20 5th 3rd
2020–21 3rd 4th
2021–22 3rd 4th

Captains list

[10] Name Years captain Captained Won Lost Tied[*] NR %[**]
1 David Warner 2011 1 1 0 0 0 100.00%
2 Daniel Smith 2011–2012 6 1 5 0 0 16.66%
3 Chris Rogers 2012 6 0 6 0 0 0%
4 Chris Gayle 2013 2 0 2 0 0 0%
5 Michael Hussey 2013–2016 23 9 14 0 0 39.13%
6 Chris Hartley 2015 2 0 1 0 1 0%
7 Shane Watson 2016–2019 31 13 17 0 1 43.33%
8 Ben Rohrer 2016 2 0 2 0 0 0%
9 Callum Ferguson 2019–2021 32 16 14 1 1 53.22%
10 Usman Khawaja 2021– 2 1 1 0 0 50.00%
11 Chris Green 2021– 12 7 5 0 0 58.33%
12 Jason Sangha

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2021- 1 0 0 100.00%

^* Includes matches determined by a Super Over ^** Ties counted as half a win



Sydney Smash

When the league began in 2011, Cricket Australia decided they would place two teams in Sydney. With the core group of players for both sides coming from the New South Wales cricket team, this rivalry automatically becomes widely anticipated in Sydney. In the first four seasons of the BBL the Thunder lost all seven Sydney Derby games to the Sixers. However, in the first match of the fifth Big Bash League, the Thunder scored their first win against the Sixers, breaking the hoodoo set in place by their rivals in Magenta. The season also marked the first time the Thunder beat the Sixers in both games contested during the season.[11] As at 2020, all subsequent seasons have had one win by each team.

List of Sydney Smash matches

No. Date Winner Margin Venue Attendance MoM
8 January 2012
17 Runs (D/L) ANZ Stadium 31,262 Mitchell Starc
8 December 2012
7 Wickets SCG 15,279 Brad Haddin
30 December 2012
4 Wickets ANZ Stadium 20,986 Daniel Hughes
21 December 2013
6 Wickets SCG 18,180 Nic Maddinson
25 January 2014
8 Wickets ANZ Stadium 25,726 Nathan Lyon
27 December 2014
16 Runs ANZ Stadium 32,823 Aiden Blizzard
22 January 2015
4 Wickets SCG 36,487 Jordan Silk
17 December 2015
36 Runs Spotless Stadium 18,287 Michael Hussey
16 January 2016
46 Runs SCG 38,456 Shane Watson
20 December 2016
9 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,798 Moises Henriques
14 January 2017
8 Wickets SCG 39,756 Fawad Ahmed
19 December 2017
5 Wickets Spotless Stadium 21,589 Shane Watson
13 January 2018
8 Wickets SCG 36,458 Chris Green
24 December 2018
21 Runs Spotless Stadium 10,508 Jos Buttler
2 February 2019
9 Wickets (D/L) SCG 34,385 Sean Abbott
28 December 2019
Super Over SCG 35,296 Tom Curran
18 January 2020
4 Runs (D/L) Giants Stadium 15,476 Chris Morris
13 January 2021
5 Wickets (D/L) Manuka Oval Steve O'Keefe
21 January 2021
46 Runs Adelaide Oval Alex Hales


Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Back sponsor Breast sponsor Sleeve sponsor
2011–12 KooGa Cudo
2012–13 Webjet
2013–14 University of Canberra
2014–15 Majestic Athletic Mazda Spot Jobs
2015–16 Homeworld
2018–19 Homestar
2021-22 Nike Homestar Sixt What's Your Plan B?

Imported players

The following players have been imported to play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League:[12]

Sydney Thunder imported players in the Big Bash League
BBL Player Country
BBL11 Saqib Mahmood England
BBL10 – BBL11 Sam Billings England
BBL09 – BBL11 Alex Hales England
BBL10 Adam Milne New Zealand
BBL06 Carlos Brathwaite West Indies

Chris Morris

BBL08 Jos Butler England
BBL04 Cameron Delport South Africa
BBL08 Anton Devcich New Zealand
BBL03 Tillakaratne Dilshan Sri Lanka
BBL01 Fidel Edwards West Indies
BBL01 – BBL02 Chris Gayle West Indies
BBL02 Martin Guptill New Zealand
BBL08 Chris Jordan England
BBL04 – BBL05 Jacques Kallis South Africa
BBL04 + Craig Kieswetter England
BBL07 Mitchell McClenaghan New Zealand
BBL01 Azhar Mahmood Pakistan
BBL03 Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka
BBL03 and BBL06 Eoin Morgan Ireland/England
BBL05 Henry Nicholls New Zealand
BBL02 Matt Prior England
BBL08 Joe Root England
BBL04 Jason Roy England
BBL05 Andre Russell West Indies
BBL06 James Vince England
BBL03 Chris Woakes England

+= Did not play a game

See also


  1. ^ a b "Sydney Thunder Announce Spotless Stadium As New Home Ground". Sydney Thunder. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b Wu, Andrew (15 March 2011). "Sydney Thunder to clash with Sixers in Big Bash". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "BBL team names and colours". 6 April 2011. Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  6. ^ Watson to skipper Thunder
  7. ^ "Chris Gayle signs for Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League". Herald Sun. 30 June 2011.
  8. ^ GAYLE JOINS WARNER AT THUNDER Archived 5 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Players". Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Big Bash League - Sydney Thunder / Records / Most matches as captain". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media Ltd. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Thunder Nation Made Proud At Spotless". Sydney Thunder.
  12. ^ "Sydney Thunder Website".