Despite finding some consistency in recent years, the Sydney Thunder have underwhelmed across the past decade.
They claimed their sole title back in the 2015/16 season which was also their only grand final appearance.
Consecutive finals appearances show they’re heading in a positive direction, and maintaining the brunt of their squad should bode well for the side’s balance.
International signing Saqib Mahmood is likely to take part in the England Lions clash with Australia A that would rule him out of the early part of the season.
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ALEX HALES (BAT) // $183,900 // BBL10 SC Ave: 58.9
While he’ll cost you a hot dollar, Hales looms as a massive POD to begin the season despite having no doubles until late in the tournament.
After a slow start to last year’s campaign, he found form and proved one of the most consistent scorers in the game despite being a specialist batsmen, finishing as the competition’s top run-scorer with an average of 38.78 at a strike-rate of 161.60.
In 15 games, he recorded three SuperCoach tonnes and seven scores of 70+.
The season prior he was again superb, averaging 56.6 SC points with five tonnes and a 95 in his 17 games.
It does reflect the risk though in that if he does score sub 20 runs he can go very low, like every batting only option.
The upside is undeniable though, and if he does add the strike-rate bonus it’s always significant.
His form across the Vitality Blast and The Hundred competition in the UK has been solid, recording double digit scores in eight of his last nine knocks, with a top score of just 40*.
Certainly a risk, but one that could pay off massive dividends.