|Home ground:||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|BBL wins:||1 (2011–12)|
|CLT20 wins:||1 (2012)|
|2015–16 Sydney Sixers season|
The Sydney Sixers are an Australian professional men's cricket team, competing in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League (BBL). Along with the Sydney Thunder, the Sixers are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The Sixers play at Sydney Cricket Ground in the south-eastern area of the inner city while the Thunder play out of Spotless Stadium further west. The inaugural coach was Trevor Bayliss and Dominic Remond is the General Manager. The Sixers' inaugural captain is Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin. Both Steve Smith and Moises Henriques have also spent time captaining the team.
Competing in the inaugural Big Bash League, the Sydney Sixers went on to win the tournament. After finishing third in the regular season games, the Sixers defeated the Hobart Hurricanes in the semi-final at Bellerive Oval. This facilitated a show-down with the Perth Scorchers in the final. They defeated the Scorchers on 28 January 2012, at the WACA Ground, thus becoming the inaugural champions of the Big Bash League.
As a result of their successful Big Bash League grand final win, the Sixers competed for the first time in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. The tournament was held in October 2012 in South Africa. Again, the Sixers made history by winning this tournament on their first attempt. The Sixers were top of their group going into the finals of the tournament. They went on to defeat the Nashua Titans in the semi-finals and then the Highveld Lions in the final of the tournament to be crowned champions.
- 1 History
- 2 Colours
- 3 Home Ground
- 4 Rivalries
- 5 Players
- 6 Captains
- 7 Year by year history
- 8 Records
- 8.1 Team Records
- 8.2 Batting Records
- 8.3 Bowling Records
- 8.4 Partnerships
- 9 Honours
- 10 Imported Players
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The Sydney Sixers were created when the decision was made to move away from state representative teams to city-based teams for the domestic Twenty20 competition. It is believed that this move was to align its structure with that of India and South Africa, where their domestic teams are based around cities. This was an important factor for the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 tournament, where those three nations were founding members. It was decided that there would be two teams from Sydney, two teams from Melbourne, and one from each other capital city for an eight team competition. The names Sixers (and Thunder for cross-city rivals) were decided upon by Cricket NSW. Other names considered for the two teams were Rocks and Edge.
The Sydney Sixers were chosen to host the first game of the new and exciting format of the BBL. The game was played on December 16, 2011 at the historical Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) against the Brisbane Heat. The Sixers lost the toss and restricted the Heat to 8/139 from their allotted 20 overs. Stuart MacGill showed his class, coming out of retirement for this tournament, to end with the best figures from a Sixers bowler with 2/21. The Sixers easily chased down the runs with 8 balls to spare with skipper and opening batsmen Brad Haddin earning the Player of the Match award. The Sixers then traveled down to Hobart and were dominated by the Hurricanes in a 42-run defeat. Phil Jaques and Travis Birt amassing a 107 wicket partnership, with Birt the Player of the Match. Upon returning home, a standout performance with the bat from West Indian import Dwayne Bravo assured the win for the Sixers with 51 runs as the Melbourne Stars fell 2 runs short in an exciting run chase. The Sixers then lost on the road to the Melbourne Renegades before picking up away wins against Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers. The Sixers then battled-out a hard fought win against the Perth Scorchers at home. After losing a couple of early wickets, Steve Smith smacked a quickfire 51 before the Sixers lost 5/8 in the final two overs to be bowled out for 176. In the end this was enough as the Scorchers failed to achieve the target by one run. The stunning spell of swing by Mitchell Starc earned him the Player of the Match.
In-form after three consecutive wins to close out the regular season, the Sixers went on to win against the Hurricanes in Hobart. Sydney were able to put on a par-score after winning the toss (6/153, Nic Maddinson - 68 runs). A good spell of bowling from Brett Lee (2/22) and Ian Moran at the death ensured the Sixers would reach the final. The Sixers went on to win the inaugural 2011–12 Big Bash League (BBL), defeating the Perth Scorchers at the WACA Ground. Again Lee (2/21) lead the Sixers attack as they were able to restrict Perth to 8/156. Moises Henriques guided the innings, scoring 70 runs to make light work of the run-chase. The Sixers winning with 7 balls to spare.
2012 Champions League Twenty20
By winning the inaugural 2011–12 Big Bash League, the Sixers earned the right to compete in the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 tournament. The Sixers were drawn into Group B along with the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians (India - Indian Premier League), Yorkshire (England - Twenty20 Cup) and Highveld Lions. The Sixers cruised through the Group Stage without too many difficulties. The batters blasted the Super Kings out of the park scoring 185/5 with the bowlers backing them up to win by 12 runs. Mitchell Starc tore through Yorkshire (96/9) to which the Sixers surpassed in 8.5 overs. The Sixers were able to overcome the Lions humble score (137/9) with and over to spare before making it four-from-four with an easy 12-run win over the Indians.
Their semi-final match against the Titans proved much more challenging. The Titans amassed a modest 163/5 with the Sixers needing all twenty to overs to secure the win. On the final delivery, Pat Cummins missed the ball entirely but the batters were able to scramble home for a bye despite Cummins colliding with the bowler. The Final however, was in stark contrast. The Sixers attack, led by Josh Hazlewood bundled out the Highveld Lions for a poultry 121 runs. They only needed 12.3 to blast home the runs with Michael Lumb thumping an unbeaten 82 runs.
The Sixers season ended in bitter disappointment, winning only two games and coming second last on the ladder. Needless-to-say, they did not qualify for the finals series.
In what was effectively a very good regular season (only losing one of eight games) and coming second on the ladder the Sixers were left to rue what might have been as they were once again beaten by the Perth Scorchers in the semi-finals. In a rain-effected match, the Sixers target was reduced to 54 in 5 overs and the seemingly impossible target was realised when they fell short at 6/48.
The Sixers put their BBL03 campaign behind them, signing some new faces whilst retaining the more experienced core group of players. The Sixers looked very good throughout the entire regular season winning five games, losing two games (to Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers) in regular time and losing an absolutely enthralling Super Over to the Melbourne Stars.
Coming up against the Strikers in Adelaide (to whom they had already lost to in the season) they were able to get the job done easily in the end. Some big hitting (Nic Maddinson – 85 runs) set up a 4/181 scoreline before the bowlers were able to rip through the Strikers batting order, all-out for 94 runs. With a very poor record against the Perth Scorchers (aside from the BBL01 Big Final victory), the Sixers opened proceedings at Manuka Oval in Canberra for the 4th edition of the "Big Final". Some early wickets made it hard going for the Sixers with skipper Moises Henriques scoring a well-made 77 (before being run-out on the final delivery). The Scorchers steadily continued to pile on the runs with wickets in hand. Needing 8 runs off the final over, Brett Lee put in arguably his best Twenty20 performance in his final game of professional cricket. His first ball was expertly paddled for runs before Lee began to sting the opposition. With three balls remaining the Scorchers were destined to win with one needed. However, Lee wouldn't go away taking back-to-back wickets. Still requiring one more run, with Lee on a hat-trick, Yasir Arafat was able to flick the ball off his pads and the batsmen were able to scamper through for a single after the throw to the bowler's end was too hard for Henriques to catch and effect the run-out which would have brought the game to a Super Over.
The Sixers play in a magenta strip. While a spokesperson from Cricket NSW alluded that the team's colours may have some connection with the "Pink dollar" and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, pink was ultimately chosen for reasons more related to McGrath Foundation, and to create a "really rock star, high-profile cricket team". Orange and yellow had also been considered for the Sixers and cross-town rivals, Sydney Thunder, but Cricket NSW believed these colours were too similar to that of the Western Australian cricket team, the Wests Tigers (NRL) and the GWS Giants (AFL). Magenta, therefore, gave a unique identity for the team and attempted to create a reflection of the competition which was "new and vibrant."
The Sydney Sixers play out of the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. The stadium will have a capacity of 48,000 when the completion of redevelopments were finished in 2014 in time for The Ashes series between Australia and England. Apart of the makeover includes new state-of-art facilities and grandstand as well as one of the biggest video screens in the southern hemisphere. The renovation is set to cost US$191 million.
- The Sydney Derby – When the league began in 2011, Cricket Australia decided they would place two teams in Sydney. With the core group of players for both sides coming from the New South Wales cricket team, this rivalry automatically becomes widely anticipated in Sydney. After four seasons of the BBL the Sydney Sixers finally lost to the Sydney Thunder in the opening match of the fifth series, breaking the seven consecutive wins the Sixers had banked up from previous years.
- with Perth Scorchers – Both teams have been competitive through the years with the Scorchers generally having the edge over the Sixers in some tight finishes. In BBL01 the Sixers gained bragging rights by securing the title in Perth. The Scorchers were able to enact revenge in BBL04 winning The Championship on the final ball. In BBL03 Perth recorded a fantastic win at the SCG in a Super Over when scores were level at the completion of 20 overs for each side. In 7 games, Sydney has won twice, Perth has won 4 times and there has been 1 tie (+ Perth win).
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|S/N||Name||Nat.||Date of birth (age)||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|41||Michael Lumb||12 February 1980||Left-handed||Right arm medium||Visa contract|
|27||Ed Cowan||16 June 1982||Left-handed||Right arm leg spin|
|61||Daniel Smith||17 March 1982||Right-handed||Right arm medium||Visa contract|
|53||Nic Maddinson||21 December 1991||Left-handed||Left arm orthodox|
|14||Jordan Silk||13 April 1992||Right-handed||–|
|36||Nick Larkin||1 May 1990||Right-handed||–||Injury replacement player|
|21||Moises Henriques||1 February 1987||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium||Captain|
|22||Johan Botha||2 May 1982||Right-handed||Right arm off spin||Visa contract|
|72||Stephen O'Keefe||9 December 1984||Right-handed||Left arm orthodox|
|77||Sean Abbott||29 February 1992||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|23||Ben Dwarshuis||23 June 1994||Left-handed||Left arm fast medium|
|37||Trent Lawford||18 April 1988||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|24||Brad Haddin||23 October 1977||Right-handed||–|
|1||Ryan Carters||25 July 1990||Right-handed||–|
|56||Mitchell Starc||30 January 1990||Left-handed||Left-arm fast|
|8||Josh Hazlewood||8 January 1991||Left-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|4||Doug Bollinger||24 July 1981||Left-handed||Left arm fast medium|
|33||Jackson Bird||11 December 1986||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|79||Mickey Edwards||12 July 1937||Right-handed||Right arm fast medium|
|67||Nathan Lyon||20 November 1987||Right-handed||Right arm off spin|
|5||Riley Ayre||2 April 1996||Right-handed||Right arm off spin||Replacement player for Nathan Lyon|
|–||Soumil Chhibber||16 June 1995||Right-handed||Right arm off spin||Development rookie contract|
|88||Li Kai Ming||5 July 1991||Right-handed||Right arm leg spin||Community rookie contract|
Correct as at 4 February 2015
Listed in order of appearance as captain
Year by year history
|Season||Champions League||Big Bash League|
|Qld||Pld||Won||Loss||NR||Group Position||Finals Place||Pld||Won||Loss||NR||League Position||Finals Place|
|2011–12||Did Not Qualify||7 (+2)||5 (+2)||2 (+0)||0 (+0)||3rd||Champions|
|2012–13||4 (+2)||4 (+2)||0 (+0)||0 (+0)||1st||Champions||8||3||5||0||7th||DNQ|
|2013–14||Did Not Qualify||8 (+1)||6 (+0)||2 (+1)||0 (+0)||2nd||Semi Finals|
|2014–15||Did Not Qualify||8 (+2)||5 (+1)||3 (+1)||0 (+0)||4th||Runners Up|
Result summary v. Opponent
|Chennai Super Kings||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||100.00|
|1||185/5||20.0||9.25||1st||Chennai Super Kings||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||2012 CLT20 Group Stage||14 Oct 2012|||
|2||181/4||20.0||9.05||1st||Adelaide Strikers||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||BBL04 Semi-final||24 Jan 2015|||
|3||180/7||20.0||9.00||1st||Sydney Thunder||Stadium Australia, Sydney||BBL04 Rounds||27 Dec 2014|||
|4||179/6||20.0||8.95||1st||Hobart Hurricanes||SCG, Sydney||BBL03 Rounds||15 Jan 2014|||
|5||176||20.0||8.80||1st||Perth Scorchers||SCG, Sydney||BBL01 Rounds||18 Jan 2012|||
|6||167/4||18.2||9.10||2nd||Sydney Thunder||SCG, Sydney||BBL03 Rounds||21 Dec 2013|||
|7||166/9||20.0||8.30||1st||Melbourne Stars||SCG, Sydney||BBL01 Rounds||27 Dec 2011|||
|8||164/8||20.0||8.20||2nd||Titans||SuperSport Park, Centurion||2012 CLT20 Semi-final||26 Oct 2012|||
|9||161/6||20.0||8.05||1st||Melbourne Renegades||Docklands Stadium, Melbourne||BBL01 Rounds||2 Jan 2012|||
|10||159||19.4||8.08||2nd||Adelaide Strikers||SCG, Sydney||BBL04 Rounds||14 Jan 2015|||
|1||99||17.3||5.65||2nd||Perth Scorchers||SCG, Sydney||BBL04 Rounds||29 Dec 2014|||
|2||113/9||20.0||5.65||1st||Perth Scorchers||SCG, Sydney||BBL02 Rounds||16 Dec 2012|||
|3||123/9||20.0||6.15||2nd||Melbourne Stars||SCG, Sydney||BBL03 Rounds||29 Dec 2013|||
|4||127/9||20.0||6.35||2nd||Hobart Hurricanes||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||BBL01 Rounds||21 Dec 2011|||
|5||135/6||20.0||6.75||1st||Adelaide Strikers||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||BBL02 Rounds||23 Dec 2012|||
|6||136/7||20.0||6.80||1st||Mumbai Indians||Kingsmead, Durban||2012 CLT20 Group Stage||22 Oct 2012|||
|7||140/8||20.0||7.00||1st||Brisbane Heat||The Gabba, Brisbane||BBL03 Rounds||2 Jan 2014|||
|8||147/5||20.0||7.35||1st||Perth Scorchers||Manuka Oval, Canberra||BBL04 Final||28 Jan 2015|||
|9||149||20.0||7.45||2nd||Melbourne Renegades||SCG, Sydney||BBL02 Rounds||9 Jan 2013|||
|10||150/6||20.0||7.50||1st||Melbourne Stars||MCG, Melbourne||BBL04 Rounds||5 Jan 2015|||
Source: See full table at Cricinfo
|Nic Maddinson||85||48||Adelaide Strikers||Adelaide||BBL04 Semi-final||24 Jan 2015|||
|Nic Maddinson||84*||54||Melbourne Renegades||SCG, Sydney||BBL04 Rounds||19 Dec 2014|||
|Michael Lumb||82*||42||Highveld Lions||Johannesburg||2012 CLT20 Final||28 Oct 2012|||
|Michael Lumb||80||61||Melbourne Stars||MCG, Melbourne||BBL04 Rounds||5 Jan 2015|||
|Moises Henriques||77||57||Perth Scorchers||Canberra||BBL04 Final||28 Jan 2015|||
Minimum 10 innings
Highest Strike Rates
Minimum 100 balls faced
Best Bowling Figures
|Brett Lee||4.0||4/28||Perth Scorchers||SCG, Sydney||BBL03||10 Jan 2014|||
|Nathan Lyon||4.0||5/23||Hobart Hurricanes||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||BBL05||20 Dec 2015|||
|Josh Hazlewood||4.0||3/16||Adelaide Strikers||Adelaide Oval||BBL03||5 Jan 2014|||
|Mitchell Starc||2.3||3/17||Sydney Thunder||Stadium Australia, Sydney||BBL01||8 Jan 2012|||
|Mitchell Starc||4.0||3/19||Highveld Lions||Newlands, Cape Town||2012 CLT20||18 Oct 2012|||
|Nathan Lyon||4.0||3/19||Sydney Thunder||SCG, Sydney||BBL04||22 Jan 2015|||
Highest Partnerships by Wicket
|1st||124*||MJ Lumb & BJ Haddin||Highveld Lions||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||28 Oct 2012|||
|2nd||90||NJ Maddinson & MC Henriques||Melbourne Renegades||SCG, Sydney||19 Dec 2014|||
|3rd||101||MJ Lumb & MC Henriques||Melbourne Renegades||Etihad Stadium, Melbourne||23 Dec 2015|||
|4th||69||MJ Lumb & JC Silk||Melbourne Stars||MCG, Melbourne||5 Jan 2015|||
|5th||98||MC Henriques & RGL Carters||Perth Scorchers||Manuka Oval, Canberra||28 Jan 2015|||
|6th||71*||Brad Haddin & Johan Botha||Adelaide Strikers||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||31 Dec 2015|||
|7th||45||BJ Rohrer & Dominic Thornely||Melbourne Stars||SCG, Sydney||27 Dec 2011|||
|8th||26||BJ Rohrer & PJ Cummins||Titans||SuperSport Park, Centurion||26 Oct 2012|||
|9th||48||JC Silk & NM Lyon||Adelaide Strikers||SCG, Sydney||14 Jan 2015|||
|10th||21*||B Lee & LW Feldman||Perth Scorchers||SCG, Sydney||16 Dec 2012|||
- Big Bash League:
- Dwayne Bravo - West Indies (2011)
- Michael Lumb - England (2011-2015)
- Jeevan Mendis - Sri Lanka (2012)
- Sunil Narine - West Indies (2012)
- Ravi Bopara - England (2013)
- Chris Tremlett - England (2013)
- Dwayne Smith - West Indies (2014)
- Johan Botha - South Africa (2015)
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- Sydney Sixers in final after nailbiter
- Scorchers defend BBL title in gripping final
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