Sydney Thunder’s Chris Green excited about 1st KFC Big Bash League match at Sydney Showground for 686 days
Sydney Thunder’s Acting Captain Chris Green said he spoke on behalf of the entire squad when he expressed his excitement about playing his first KFC Big Bash League match at Sydney Showground Stadium in 686 days.
Thunder will play the second of its back-to-back matches against the Stars tomorrow after losing a hard-fought encounter with them by four runs at the MCG on Friday night.
After being forced on the road last summer because matches couldn’t be played in Sydney due to COVID-19, Green agreed tomorrow night's match (7.15pm start, local time) was a ‘homecoming’ for his players and the club’s loyal supporters.
“It’s the first game back at Sydney Showground Stadium for such a long time,” said Green upon the team’s arrival at Sydney airport. “We are, as a group, looking forward to getting back and seeing our members and fans.
“Last year was a difficult year for everyone, and the opportunity to be going back and playing at the Showground - and in front of Thunder Nation - is very exciting.
“After what we saw in last night’s match against the Melbourne Stars, I’m sure our supporters will be treated to another entertaining fixture because we're determined to bounce back strongly.”
Green said while the competition was still in its early stages, he acknowledged it was important for his team to return to the winner's circle as quickly as possible.
“We’re only two games into a regular 14-match season,” he said. “We learn from each game, and playing the same opposition [as Friday night ] gives as an opportunity to go one-all with them.
“I know all the guys will be up for it; we weren’t far off at the MCG. I think we’re playing a good brand of cricket, and we’ll continue to build on it because it'll put us in a very good place throughout this tournament.”
Sydney Thunder Squad for Melbourne Stars – Sam Billings Hartley Country Club JCC (England), Jonathon Cook (St Andrews JCC), Ben Cutting (MacGregor JCC), Matthew Gilkes (Ulladulla United JCC),Chris Green (St Ives JCC), Alex Hales Gerards Cross JCC (England), Lachlan (Hearne Roseville JCC), Baxter Holt (Carlingford Waratah JCC), Nathan McAndrew (Oak Flats JCC), Arjun Nair (Wenty Leagues JCC), Alex Ross (Kensington JCC), Daniel Sams (Panania-East Hills RSL JCC), Gurinder Sandhu (Plumpton-Glendenning JCC), Jason Sangha (Wallsend JCC), Tanveer Sangha (Ingleburn RSL JCC), Chris Tremain (Kinross Wolaroi JCC), Sam Whiteman (Colts JCC)
Sydney Thunder - BBL|11 - full list of home fixtures (All times AEDT):
v. Brisbane Heat | Monday, December 6 | 7.15pm | Manuka Oval
v. Melbourne Stars| Sunday, December 12 | 7.15pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
v. Sydney Sixers | Sunday, December 26 | 6.05pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
v. Perth Scorchers | Tuesday, December 28 | 7.15pm | Manuka Oval
v. Adelaide Strikers | Sunday, January 2 | 7.15pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
v. Hobart Hurricanes| Thursday, January 13 | 4.00pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
v. Melbourne Renegades presented by GambleAware | Wednesday, January 19 | 4.40pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
Sydney Thunder BBL Squad
Head Coach: Trevor Bayliss
Assistant Coach: Shawn Bradstreet, Chandika Hathurusinghe
Contracted for BBL|11: Usman Khawaja (C), Sam Billings (ENG), Jonathon Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green (Acting Captain), Alex Hales (ENG), Lachlan Hearne, Baxter Holt, Saqib Mahmood (ENG), Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain.