Sydney Thunder Team News & Playing 11
SYT Team News
Usman Khawaja's ODI recall means Sydney Thunder remain without the left-handed batsman, while paceman Pat Cummins - despite not being in the ODI squad - is also unavailable after being rested by Cricket Australia. Jos Buttler and Joe Root have now departed for England duty, with Anton Devcich and Chris Jordan to replace them. Jay Lenton will replace Buttler as wicket-keeper meaning a further change is necessary too - which could mean Sam Rainbird making way after going wicketless in his last four games.
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Sydney Thunder have announced they will be rushing Anton Devcich and Chris Jordan straight into the starting line-up, with both in line to play Adelaide Strikers as a result.
Devcich has impressed with the ball more than the bat in the Super Smash in New Zealand, claiming best figures of 4-27 for Northern Knights, having previously impressed with the bat in the Afghanistan Premier League and T10 League.
Jordan, meanwhile, played two games for Northern Knights and took two wickets, after claiming eight scalps during his T10 League stint. He also played for England as they beat Sri Lanka in October, claiming 2-29 with the ball.
Of those already in action for Sydney Thunder, Callum Ferguson hit back-to-back 40s against Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers - top-scoring for the Thunder in the last game between these two.
With the ball, Daniel Sams has ten wickets for the tournament so far, including 2-24 last time they played Adelaide Strikers after three wickets in each of the first two games. Jonathan Cook took 3-27 last time out against Brisbane Heat, meanwhile - his best Big Bash figures after making his debut in the competition on Christmas Eve.
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Sydney Thunder won their first two matches but, since failing to defend a Jos Buttler-powered 193/6 in a seven-wicket loss to Hobart Hurricanes in their third match, they have won just one further game.
The reverse fixture against Adelaide Strikers saw them finish 20 runs short of the Strikers' 175/4 on New Year's Eve, though Buttler's half-century did earn a thrilling one-run win against Perth Scorchers next up - 142/6 proving just enough.
They failed to back it up, however - losing by eight wickets to Melbourne Stars after posting just 135/8 from their 20 overs. And, last time out, a rain-affected match against Brisbane Heat - the Sydney Thunder innings was curtailed on 34/2 from 5.3 overs, 15 short of the DLS mark after Brisbane had posted 186/8.
Sydney Thunder Predicted Playing 11
Anton Devcich, Shane Watson, Callum Ferguson, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Jay Lenton, Chris Jordan, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Jonathan Cook, Fawad Ahmed