How the club is shaping up for Big Bash League 2020-21 – Sydney Thunder
With the player contracting window for the Big Bash League 2020-21 clubs set to open in the coming weeks, we’ve laid out all the specifics of who your team has under lock and key and who might be exploring the open market.
Big Bash League 2019-20 result: Fifth (lost to Melbourne Stars in the Challenger final)
Big Bash League 2020-21 squad so far: Oliver Davies, Jonathan Cook, Matt Gilkes, Brendan Doggett, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, Jason Sangha, Alex Ross, Tanveer Sangha, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain
Big Bash League 2019-20 squad members off contract: Alex Hales (Eng), Liam Bowe, Chris Morris (SA), Liam Hatcher, Arjun Nair, Jay Lenton, Gurinder Sandhu
The fact that the Sydney Thunder snuck under the radar to finish one victory away from a berth in the final will be of great encouragement to coach Shane Bond considering their potential for further improvement.
Alex Hales was last season’s most successful overseas batter in the league, thus having him back on board or finding someone else who can get close to matching his performance would go a long way to making sure their top-order is as much as in the Big Bash League 2019-20.
Finding an attacking spinner to replace Jono Cook and Chris Green’s overrated pairing, as well as settling on a pace combination to put around ace quick Daniel Sams would definitely be high on their off-season agenda.
The Sydney Thunder could well look within to fix those areas; Tanveer Sangha, Matt Gilkes and Oliver Davies are all highly-rated youth on their books, while Green’s expected return from a ban on throwing would be a boost.