We take a look at the first game of the 2017/2018 Big Bash League series between Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers. The Thunder head into the match as favourites but like many Big Bash matches they are always pretty even. View our Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers Preview below.
When: 20:00 | Tuesday 19/12/2017
BBL07 kickstarts with a local derby between two Sydney franchises coming off contrasting seasons. The Thunder won just three games in defence of their title and with Usman Khawaja unlikely to feature heavily, will rely on skipper Shane Watson to provide the bulk of the runs upfront. Watto has been honing his skills with Sutherland in the Sydney Grade competition and warmed up for this by spanking an incredible sixteen 6’s in an unbeaten 114 (off just 51 balls!) last weekend. Callum Ferguson’s guile will be important in tight situations while, on the bowling front, keep an eye out for Kiwi lefty Mitchell McClenaghan (a T20 specialist with plenty of big-match exposure from the IPL) and Fawad Ahmed, who led the bowling aggregates for his side last year with 9 wickets at 21.88. The Sixers have retained the core of the side that made the final last year with Englishman Jason Roy tipped to move up to open as a replacement for the retired Michael Lumb. He’ll partner the impressive Daniel Hughes, whose 304 runs at 43 provided much impetus in the early stages of their innings while Peter Nevill will also be looking to put his name back in front of the national selectors. The attack looks strong with Sean Abbott whose 20 wickets in BBL6 came at an impressive strike rate at 1 every 11 deliveries, to be partnered by the consistent Jackson Bird with Stephen O’Keefe another to look out for.
These two sides split the ledger 1-1 last year although the Sixers hold a commanding 8-3 lead overall.
Sydney Thunder $2.00
Sydney Sixers $1.81
Tip: Sydney Sixers $1.81
Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Jos Buttler (ENG), Pat Cummins, Andrew Fekete, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher (rookie), Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ), Clint McKay, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson.
Sean Abbott, Sam Billings (England), Jackson Bird, Johan Botha, Ben Dwarshuis, Mickey Edwards, Jack Edwards (rookie), Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Steve O’Keefe, Jason Roy (England), Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, Henry Thornton.
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