Sydney Thunder identifies Melbourne Renegades match as ‘crucial’ | Sydney Thunder

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Thunder has suffered three consecutive defeats – including last Sunday’s loss to Hobart Hurricanes – despite another phenomenal effort by young batter, Oliver ‘Ollie’ Davies.

Thunder is caught in the log jam of teams trying to qualify for the BBL Finals, and speaking ahead of the showdown with the Renegades, vice-captain Alex Ross nominated it as a ‘crucial’ game.

“This is probably the most crucial game in the rest of our season because we’re right in the middle [of the BBL’s competition ladder] with the Renegades,” said Ross.

“Our other two games, as important as they will be, won’t affect our position on the ladder compared to those teams. Tomorrow night is going to be huge for us: we win, hopefully it will go a long way to putting us in the finals.

Ross on being Thunder’s vice-captain

“I’m really enjoying the leadership part of it. It was a funny introduction – with injuries to Jason Sangha, and then when Chris Green stepped up [to our Acting Captain] we needed someone on the team sheet as vice-captain to fill that VC role.”

Ross on young star batter, Ollie Davies

“He’s a star of Australian cricket. His last innings – when we lost in Hobart – was probably his most impressive in terms of maturity. He can go out and hit all these amazing shots, and that was an innings where, if someone had have gone with him it would have been a match-winning innings. Unfortunately for him we couldn’t do that.”

Ross on David Warner’s impact

“We saw Steve Smith make a hundred for the Sixers, we’re hoping Davey can do the same. I know he’ll feel a little jealous now, and he’ll probably go for form tomorrow night.

“He’s been outstanding for the group. His energy . . . he’s like a 12-year-old kid running around the room.

Absolutely incredible! The amount of knowledge he has, just from the broad amount of experience of games [is unbelievable]. He was talking about things in a batting meeting that no one had even heard of.

“It really was great to be exposed to that kind of experience. We walk a whole lot taller with Davey in the side, without a doubt.”

Squad for Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades
Ben Cutting, Joel Davies, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green (c), Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Blake Nikitaras, Ross Pawson, Usman Qadir, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, David Warner, Sam Whiteman.

Sydney Thunder-Melbourne Renegades is set to begin at 7.15pm (AEDT) and will be broadcast live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo. 


Sydney Thunder BBL|12 Squad 

Head Coach: Trevor Bayliss
Contracted Players: Ben Cutting, Joel Davies, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Toby Gray, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Blake Nikitaras, Ross Pawson, Usman Qadir, Alex Ross, Rilee Rossouw, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, David Warner, Sam Whiteman.

Sydney Thunder BBL|12 Home Fixtures
Tue 13 Dec | Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars | Manuka Oval | 7:15pm
Fri 16 Dec | Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 8:15pm
Tue 27 Dec | Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm
Sat 31 Dec | Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes | Lavington Sports Ground | 3:30pm
Sun 8 Jan | Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm
Fri 13 Jan | Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 6:30pm
Thu 19 Jan | Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades | Manuka Oval | 7:15pm


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