2016/17 Big Bash Preview: Sydney Sixers

Squad: Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Jackson Bird, Johan Botha, Ryan Carters, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Hughes, Michael Lumb, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Joe Mennie, Stephen O’Keefe, Jason Roy, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc

The Sydney Sixers had a shocking 2015/16 Big Bash season, finishing last.

They will be focused on turning it around this season with a better showing from every player in the squad.

Key Players – Australians

Brad Haddin The former Australia wicket-keeper is going to play a key part this season for the Sixers. He averages 24.06 with a strike rate of 125.75 in 72 Twenty20 matches and is a proven hitter with the bat. Predominately hits on the leg side, Haddin can score quickly while also occupying the crease if the teams needs him to. He is more well known for his keeping ability as he has taken a couple of amazing catches during his time with Australia and New South Wales. He will provide experience to the team on the field which will be important for the squad this season.

Doug Bollinger – With fellow pace bowlers Starc and Hazlewood unlikely to play this season due to international duty, Bollinger has all of a sudden become the spearhead of the side. The left-arm bowler has played all cricket formats for Australia and is tough to face with his angle and swing he can provide. Has claimed 134 wickets in Twenty20 including best figures of 4/13 so is highly capable to be the main bowler. Bollinger will be important now than ever for the Sixers as they will be hoping that he can take wickets in every game to help set the standard for the other bowlers throughout their innings.

Imports

Michael Lumb (England) – Back for another year with the Sixers, Lumb will be determined to continue his good form at the Big Bash. Opens the batting at the top order, the left-hander is a strong hitter on the leg side and can be an explosive batsman if he gets on a roll. He averages 24.50 with a strike rate of 138.33 which includes a century. It is essential that Lumb sets the tone in every innings by attacking the bowler from the get go. If he can set the bar high with a few big scores then that will put less pressure on the middle order and a step closer to getting more wins.

Jason Roy (England) – From what he has accomplished in Twenty20 so far, it will be exciting to see what Roy can produce in the Big Bash. He has made 4 centuries in 212 innings with an average of 28.33 and a strike rate of 143.88. Loves hitting the ball down the ground and on the leg side, Roy has improved his batted since his sub-par performance in the 2015 ODI World Cup. This improvement has helped his batting in the Twenty20 format. He was ranked sixth in runs scored in the T20 World Cup in India so he can match it against the best bowlers in the world. Mainly an opener, Roy will be looking to make an instant impact on the Big Bash and along with fellow Englishman Michael Lumb as the other opener, it will help him show his best form for the Sixers.

Youngster

Sean Abbott – The all-rounder is now ready to take the next big step and a produce a big season in the Big Bash. He did play a couple of Twenty20 matches for Australia a couple of years ago but he will want to return to that squad sooner rather than later. The 24 year old has been great with the ball taking 36 wickets in 43 innings including best figures of 3/8. He is no slouch with the bat as he can make a few runs down the order if they need them. His bowling will be valuable this season and taking important wickets will help the Sixers immensely.

Prediction

The squad looks great on paper but the issue is players like Starc, Hazlewood, Bird and Maddinson will be on test duty for most of the Big Bash so they lose quality bowlers and a power hitter. This will hurt them this season which leaves the burden on Haddin, Roy and Lumb to do most of the runs while Bollinger, Mennie and Abbott will have to be the main bowlers and must take wickets to help their side claim wins. It will be a tough season once again for the Sixers and it will be difficult to see them in finals contentions.

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