Both the teams from Sydney will take part of the opening fixture in BBL 05. Sydney thunder are the defending Champions of the tournament. Sydney sixers finished the tournament 5th in the last edition. Both teams have huge changes in squads .let’s take a sneak peek and try to predict the winner of the tournament.
Manish Pandey in for Ajinkya rehane
Jason Roy to top score
Sydney Sixers to Win
Sydney thunder became champions after they finished eighth in the third edition. They had a complete transformation to the side. Shane Watson and and Andre Russell were instrumental in thunders Success in the last year’s tournament. Usman Khawaja was also in tremendous form throughout last year’s Edition. He scored two hundreds in the last season. He scored runs at an average of 172 .Hussey, Who was the skipper of Last edition, Is not available for this season. Kallis is also not Part of this year’s side. To add more woes to Thunder, Announced skipper Shane Watson is not available for the early rounds of the game.They placed at 1.92 as Favorites which is not a lucrative deal. In the Absence of all these players, Usman had to repeat his last years stints. Eoin Morgan can be impact recruit for the season.
They never had a consistent run in the last two editions. Their star pacer Mitchell starcis on national duty for the series against Pakistan. Pat Cummins, Who recently recovered from injury, Is all set to play for the team. Johan Botha recently gained Australian citizenship, He won’t be counted as international recruit anymore. This allows them to include one more intl big wig. Onus will be on Sean Abbot in the abscence of bigwigs. Jason roy and Sam billings will definitely add battin strength . They leave to India in the later part of the tournament to take part in the odi series against India.
Last years position