The Big Bash League Sydney Derby promises to be one of the epic encounters in the league so far. The Sydney Thunder will play Sydney Sixers in Match 30 of the Big Bash League campaign at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday, Jan. 16, starting 6.10 PM local time.
It’s a do or die match for the Thunder. Fifth placed Thunder, led by Captain Mike Hussey, will be looking to beat the seventh placed Sixers in order to make room for the finals of the BBL. The 40-year-old Hussey played a significant role in uplifting his side but he doesn’t want an emotional farewell if the result goes the other way.
As per the AU News the veteran cricketer states, “To me the whole time with me being here at the Thunder has not been about me.”
“It’s been about building something from below ground zero up to something that I want us all to be proud of, and I want the club to have sustained success, so that’s been my whole focus.”
In what could be a major blow to the Sydney Thunder is the fact that, Usman Khawaja might be pulled for National Duty in the series against India.
The Daily Telegraph quotes, “Instead of helping the Sydney Thunder on their historic quest to reach the Big Bash semi-finals for the first time, Usman Khawaja could find himself relegated to running drinks this weekend.”
The stylish left hander has been exceptional with his batting scores reading 62, 144, 56, 109, 121 and 174 runs in the last few matches. Khawaja might start at Gabba on Friday or at MCG on Sunday.
Sydney Thunder Squad: Michael Hussey (c), Ahillen Beadle, Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Green, Chris Hartley (wk), Jacques Kallis, Usman Khawaja, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Ben Rohrer, Andre Russell, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson
Sydney Sixers Squad: Sean Abbott, Nic Maddinson (c), Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Ryan Carters (wk), Ed Cowan, Ben Dwarshuis, Mickey Edwards, Brad Haddin (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Li Kai Ming, Michael Lumb, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, Jordan Silk, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Charlie Wakim
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder, BBL Sydney Derby Match 30
Date: Saturday, 16 January 2016
Time: 6:10 PM Local Time, 7:10 AM GMT
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Live Stream: Star Sports