Sydney Sixers: Australian professional men's T20 franchise
The Sydney Sixers is one of eight teams played in the BBL (T20). Along with the Sydney, the Thunder is the successor of the New South Wales Blues, which played in the previous version of the cricket league (now disbanded). Home Court – Sydney Cricket Ground, uniform color – magenta.
Sydney Sixers: history
The Sydney Sixers shared the top trophy in league with the Perth Scorchers. Interestingly, these teams fought for victory in the final match of the debut BBL draw, but the Sydney was more fortunate: the match, which was on January 28, 2012 at WACA Ground, ended not in favor of the hosts.
Having qualified for the Champions League cricket, a few months later, the team goes to South Africa to hit a new peak. Once again, luck was on the side of the Australians, who won the debut draw, defeating the Highveld Lions in the final.
As often happens, the Sydney spent quite pale the next season, taking the penultimate place in the table. However, their affairs went well a year later: the team not only fought for first place but also reached the league’s semifinals, where, however, lost to the Perth, who became the champion. The management made many efforts to replenish the roster with star names in the following season (in particular, it was during this period that Duane Smith joined the Sydney people). Having finished fourth in the standings, the Sydney confidently advanced to the final, where he again lost to the Perth, who became the champion for the second year in a row.
After a disastrous 2015-2016 season, the team again reaches the semifinals, where the Sydney captain Moses Henriques gives a brilliant performance and is recognized as “Player of the Match”. However, in the final, where Sydney was opposed by the same Perth, the players lacked the necessary aggression: having given their opponents nine wickets, they were again second.
Despite a series of setbacks, the Sydney still managed to get their way two seasons later. They took second place in the 2019-2020 draw, beating the coveted Melbourne Stars trophy. They got even in the final match with the Perth a year later, having again issued the title.
The Sydney Sixers: players
Greg Schippers currently coached the Sydney Sixers. The team captain is the Portuguese-Australian all-rounder Moses Henriques. In addition, in the current composition, an important role is played by:
- Dan Christian, who has been competing in T20 since 2006. During this time, the player managed to take part in more than 300 matches, make about 5000 runs and take 240 wickets.
- Tom Curran, an English all-rounder, is deservedly called one of the best in his position. Tom’s younger brother also played for the Sydney.
- Carlos Brathwaite, a Barbados all-rounder, playing in parallel in the Pakistani League.
- Sean Abbott, Sydney’s key weekend taker. For four seasons, he took about 70 wickets, making a significant contribution to the final success of the team.
Sydney Sixers: statistics
The main rival of the Sydney Sixers is a team from Perth, but the Sydney derby, in which they regularly intersect with the Sydney Thunder, attracts no less public attention. The advantage is on the side of the former now: out of 18 matches, the Sydney Sixers won twelve.
League position Final position Season (years)
|Season||Big Bash League||Champions League Twenty20|
|2015–16||8||2||6||0||4||–0.330||8th||—||Tournament not held|
Sydney Sixers: record holders
Apart from the Sydney Sixers captain Moses Henriques, who has nearly 2,000 wounds, Daniel Hughes (1,610) is also worth highlighting. In addition to them, the team’s record holders include:
- Batsmen Josh Philip and James Vince (most effective bunch);
- Bowlers Sean Abbott and Brett Lee (53 and 35 wickets respectively).