Thunder favourites for back-to-back BBL glory in 201617

ScorchersThunderBBL2016/17favouritesaftersquadsannounced

November29,20162:39pm。

byDominicCiconte

AFTERaremarkable,drought-breakingseasoninwhichadebutfinalsappearancereturneditsfirstBigBashLeaguetitle,theSydneyThunderwillbeginasthepuntersfavouritetogoback-to-backin2016/17。

Followingthisweeksannouncementofsquadsforthecomingseason,theThunderwereinstalledasfavourites,alongwiththePerthScorchersatSportsbet。

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ThenewseasonkicksoffonTuesday,December20whentheSydneyThunderfacefiercerivalstheSydneySixersatSpotlessStadium。

Theeightteamsinthecompetitionwillallplayeachothertwiceacrosseightroundsofplay,beforethetopfourteamsqualifyforfinals,whichkickoffonJanuary24。

TheThunderwillwelcomebackkeyplayersfromlastyearscampaigninitspursuitofmoreglory。

AustralianstalwartsUsmanKhawaja,ShaneWatsonwillprovideleadership,whilepowerfulWestIndianall-rounderAndreRussellwilllooktorepeathisdominantperformancefromlastseason。

RetiredveteransMikeHusseyandJaquesKalliscouldprovetobesignificantlossesforthereigningchamps。

ChrisGayle,theworldshighest-paidT20cricketerandmostproficientwiththebatinthehistoryoftheshortenedformat,willnotreturntoAustralianshoresaftermakingheadlinesforallthewrongreasons。

GaylestruggledforrunsplayingfortheMelbourneRenegadesandfoundhimselfonthewrongsideofpublicopinionin2015/16thankstothedontblushbabycontroversywithChannel10reporterMelMcLaughlin。

Lastseasonsrunnerupandperennialsemi-finalists,theMelbourneStars,sitat$6。

50asthethirdteaminbetting。

InternationalsigningKevinPietersonwillreturn,joiningpower-hittersGlennMaxwell,JamesFaulknerandDavidHusseyandatalentedbowlingunithopingtogivetheMelbournefranchiseitsfirstpieceofsilverware。

RoundingoutthebettingistheMelbourneRenegadesandAdelaideStrikersat$7,BrisbaneHeatandSydneySixersat$7。

50andtheHobartHurricanesat$8。

2016/17BigBashLeagueplayingsquads

AdelaideStrikers:

BradHodge(Captain),WesAgar,AlexCarey,JonoDean,TravisHead,JonHolland,BenLaughlin,JakeLehmann,TimLudeman,MichaelNeser,KieronPollard,AdilRashid,KaneRichardson,CraigSimmons,KelvinSmith,BillyStanlake,JakeWeatherald。

BrisbaneHeat:

ChrisLynn(Captain),SamuelBadree,JoeBurns,BenCutting,AlexDoolan,AndrewFekete,LukeFeldman,JasonFloros,SamHeazlett,MarnusLabuschagne,JoshLalor,BrendonMcCullum,JamesPeirson,NathanReardon,AlexRoss,MarkSteketee,MitchellSwepson,JackWildermuth。

HobartHurricanes:

GeorgeBailey(Captain),CameronBoyce,StuartBroad,DanChristian,HamishKingston,BenMcDermott,DomMichael,SimonMilenko,TimPaine,SamRainbird,JakeReed,CliveRose,KumarSangakkara,ShaunTait,JonathanWells,

MelbourneRenegades:

AaronFinch(Captain),DwayneBravo,TomBeaton,TomCooper,XavierDoherty,CallumFerguson,MarcusHarris,BradHogg,SunilNarine,PeterNevill,JamesPattinson,NathanRimmington,PeterSiddle,ChrisTremain,MatthewWade,GuyWalker,CameronWhite,NickWinter。

MelbourneStars:

DavidHussey(Captain),MichaelBeer,ScottBoland,JamesFaulkner,SebGotch,EvanGulbis,PeterHandscomb,SamHarper,JohnHastings,BenHilfenhaus,GlennMaxwell,KevinPietersen,RobQuiney,MarcusStoinis,TomTriffit,DanielWorrall,LukeWright,AdamZampa。

PerthScorchers:

AdamVoges(Captain),AshtonAgar,CameronBancroft,JasonBehrendorff,IanBell,HiltonCartwright,NathanCoulter-Nile,MitchellJohnson,MichaelKlinger,MitchellMarsh,ShaunMarsh,JamesMuirhead,JoelParis,JhyeRichardson,AshtonTurner,AndrewTye,SamWhiteman,DavidWilley。

SydneySixers:

MoisesHenriques(Captain),SeanAbbott,SamBillings,JacksonBird,DougBollinger,JohanBotha,RyanCarters,BenDwarshuis,BradHaddin,JoshHazlewood,DanielHughes,NicMaddinson,JoeMennie,NathanLyon,SteveO’Keefe,JordanSilk,MitchStarc。

SydneyThunder:

ShaneWatson(Captain),FawadAhmed,AidenBlizzard,PatCummins,JakeDoran,RyanGibson,ChrisGreen,UsmanKhawaja,NathanMcAndrew,AlisterMcDermott,ClintMcKay,ArjunNair,KurtisPatterson,BenRohrer,AndreRussell,GurinderSandhu,JasonSangha。

2016/17BigBashLeaguetitlebettingmarkets:

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