Cricket: Under The Microscope: Sydney Sixers

Sydney Sixers logo (sourced from Google Images)

Inaugural Big Bash League and Champions League Twenty20 winners, the Sydney Sixers are on top of the Twenty20 world right now.

Demonstrating a balance of excellent batting, bowling and fielding, the Sixershave displayed the mantra that is needed to succeed in the shortest form of the game.

The Sixers have signed a squad for BBL|02 that is full of young talent and experienced players.  After their two tournament wins, can they raise the Big Bash League silverware again?  We will find out, starting December 8.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the players that will be donning Sixers pink this summer:

Brett LeeDespite being 36, Lee is still much adored by fans worldwide, and is still pinging balls at batsmen at great speeds.  Captured eight wickets in BBL|01 and still looked the goods.  Biggest asset is he gets plenty of bounce even off slow pitches, and can deliver a “toe-crushing” yorker.  Very good at intimidating batsmen and will be looking to get swing with the new ball.  Very handy with the bat as well, having five test 50’s to his name.

Nic MaddinsonThe young gun will celebrate his 21st birthday when the Sixers play the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on December 21st.  Maddinson has already stamped his name into the NSW and Sixers books, scoring 275 runs in BBL|01.  Solid left hand batsman just starting out in state level, but already has two first class centuries to his name.  Will only get better with experience and time, and the Sydney Sixers team is the perfect base for Maddinson to continue to further his career.  I do like the look of him.

Steven Smith: In my opinion Smith oozes talent, but simply hasn’t had enough opportunities to use it.  Great batsman and handy bowler for New South Wales; has scored over 2,000 first class runs and five centuries.  But it’s his fielding that has captured the attention of fans Australia wide.  Has made some spectacular attempts around the outfield, and most of the time they have stuck.  Am hoping Smith can score some good runs for the Sixers, as well as impress with his fielding.

Dominic ThornelyHe might be 34 but Thornely is still impressing with New South Wales.  Handy all-rounder and will be of vital importance for the Sixers youth brigade.  Over 5000 first-class career runs, and is no slouch when it comes to putting balls over the pickets.

Moises HenriquesHenriques starred at the Champions League Twenty20 and looks to be primed for the upcoming summer.  The one thing I like about Henriques is he doesn’t just wield the willow well-he is also a handy strike bowler.  With his career being watched by the national selectors, Henriques will want to make a big and impressive statement during the Big Bash League.  I believe he can, and going on the CLT20 form, has really started to find his feet.

Another important aspect of the Sixers campaign is its two clashes with cross-town rivals the Sydney Thunder.  The contest is very even this year, the Thunder having recruited a good balance of cricketers.  It will also be one of excitement; Chris Gayle will be sending crowds into a frenzy.

Prediction: Final

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