Sydney Sixers Preview BBL|03

IN

Marcus North (Perth Scorchers)

A handy pick up as an experienced batsmen who has been in excellent Shield form. May not play due to the recent passing of his brother.

Ben Dwarshus (new)

Rookie NSW fast bowler, not expected to play, but is known in Futures Leagues circles to bowl a very, very, very heavy ball.

Mark Cosgrove (Sydney Thunder)

In the off season Cossie shed 16 kilograms and moved onto his 3rd BBL franchise in just the third season of BBL: Hobart Huricanes, Sydney Thunder and now the Sixers.

Nathan Lyon (Adelaide Strikers)

Moved to NSW and the Sixers in the off season from RAdelaide. Look for him to be involved post the Ashes conclusion in Sydney.  Most likely candidate to be the next cricketer to go do the well  trodden “Advanced Hair Yeah Yeah” path

Sean Abbott (Sydney Thunder)

Up and coming NSW all rounder who has impressed in both the Ryobi Cup and the Shield this season. Transferred to the cross town rivals as he hates commuting cross town from his Biondi Beach pad which he now shares with Lance Franklin.

Ravi Bopara (England)

English batting all rounder whose involvement may or may not be curtailed by England ODI selection.

Chris Tremlett (England)

Wears his cricket shirts one size too small and has a very impressive rig. Also bowls a bit of medium dross from a great height and looks like an early contender for the Jade Dernbach Award for worst international signing of BBL|03.

Jordan Silk (Tasmania)

First BBL contract for the ponderous opening batsmen better suited to 4/5 day format. A somewhat surprising inclusion but may show another string to his bow after a reasonable Ryobi Cup.

Trent Copeland (Sydney Thunder)

Parsimonious Glen Mcgrath–esque medium fast to fast medium bowler who sends down a very heavy ball. Known for batting a good couple of metres out of his crease by being married to Australian netballer Kim Green.

Rookies: Shane Cassel and Charles Amini

OUT

Dave Warner (Sydney Thunder)

Ajantha Mendis (Sydney Thunder)

Daniel Hughes (Sydney Thunder)

Kurtis Patterson (Sydney Thunder)

Luke Feldman (Sydney Thunder)

Delisted

Dom Thornley (retired)

An allrounder who made a cricket career out of being a good bloke but the curtain has finally been brought down for good on what was a stop-start retirement.

Ian Moran

Josh Lalor

Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka)

THE SUMMARY

Sydney’s SCG based team have brought in half a team but focussed on strengthening the batting which had previously been a weakness. Marcus North, if he plays, Mark Cosgrove and Jordan Silk all provide solid batting options even if they are not the most dynamic or inventive of strokemakers. The Sixers have a very handy group of all rounders headed by likely skipper Moises Henriques, Ravi Bopara and Sean Abbott which should compensate for the loss of internationals Brad Haddin and Steve Smith who are very unlikely to fit in to many games. In the bowling department the Sixers look a little light on as they are carrying a few injured fast bowlers – Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood  –  and Chris ‘The Rig’ Tremlett looks like a dud buy. Only time will tell if Trent Copeland and old man Brett Lee are able to hold the fort.

Highbrow fast bowler conversation at Sixers training: Just pitch it up mate
Highbrow fast bowler conversation at Sixers training: Just pitch it up mate

THE XI

  1. Michael Lumb
  2. Moises Henriques
  3. Nic Maddinson
  4. Mark Cosgrove
  5. Ravi Bopara
  6. Daniel Smith
  7. Sean Abbott
  8. Steve O’Keefe
  9. Trent Copeland
  10. Brett Lee
  11. Josh Hazlewood

 

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH IF BIG BASH WERE A BAND…

Moises Henriques Iglesias

One is the greatest selling Spanish language musician the other is the greatest ever Portuguese born Test cricketer. The Iberian Peninsula connection is not the only similarity, Enrique is an all rounder of the music industry being an artist producer and hsving his own recording label whilst Moises is a fine all rounder being strong in all 3 facets of the game batting, bowling and fielding and will probably get to show off his captaincy skills as well. Ok I am done.

Steve ‘Johnny’ O’Keefe.

Shout! Despite being the best performed spinner in first class cricket spinner in the past 2 seasons SOK hasn’t received a ‘Shout’ out to join the Aussie squad. During the recent Indian tour Aussie fans were ‘Shout’ ing for his inclusion a little bit louder then but those calls for his inclusion are getting a little bit softer now that Nathan Lyon is being given an extended run. Known to celebrate wickets by shouting, ‘Hey yeah yeah yeah’

Ravi ‘Boom Crash’ Bopara. 

Ravi B is his rapping/DJ name as he puts down block rocking beats and fat urban rhythms in his famous garage sessions in Brixton. Bopara’s nick name is eerily similar to ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi excep that Bopara usually goes ‘Boom’ with a big hit and then ‘Crash’ gets out the next ball. Also partial to Australian music royalty, Boom Crash Opera.

Brett Lee

Back in the late 90’s Lee was in the band “Six and Out” back with some of his old New South Wales cricket buddies like Richard Chee Quee and Gavin Rboertson. Devotees of bad muzak everywhere are hoping Lee will form a new band, “Sixers and Out” with his BBL team mates. Mark Cosgrove (bass guitar), Daniel Smith (drums and back up vocals), Michael Lumb (keyboard and turntables) are rumoured to be pushing Lee to make ‘Sixers and Out’ happen.

Sean Abbott & Costello

Does a great solo stand up routine based on the work of Laurel and Hardy where he plays both characters. Abbott also includes a mean song and dance routine that is expected to be seen on next year’s “Australia’s Got Talent” and “X Factor” Keep watching your TV for this.

THE PREDICTION: 5th

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