Governor of the Thunder Nation Mark Waugh has revealed his Sydney Thunder all-time best XI.
The former national selector picked eleven of Thunder’s finest players from a pool of 80 who have represented the club in eight seasons of the KFC Big Bash League.
Local heroes Usman Khawaja and Gurinder Sandhu feature in the star-studded Governor’s XI, along with imports Jos Buttler and Andre Russell.
1. Jos Buttler (WK)
Mat: 13 | Inns: 13 | Runs: 475 | Best: 109no | Ave: 49.60 | SR: 138.48 | 50s: 5
Mark Waugh: He has created a huge impression in only a short time at Thunder. Tremendous batsman at the top of the order with both power and innovation, and a world-class keeper.
2. Usman Khawaja
Mat: 25 | Inns: 25 | Runs: 992 | Best: 89 | Ave: 36.53 | SR: 131.39 | 50s: 6 | 100s: 2
MW: Second-leading run scorer in Thunder history who almost single-handedly helped Thunder win the BBL|05 Championship.
3. Shane Watson (C)
Mat: 40 | Runs: 1014 | Best: 100 | Ave: 26.68 | Wickets: 19 | BBI: 3-13 | Ave: 27.78
MW: Leading run scorer for Thunder and a world-class batting all-rounder who was the backbone of Thunder’s order.
4. Mike Hussey
Mat: 23 | Inns: 23 | Runs: 741 | Best: 96 | Ave: 39.00 | SR: 133.75 | 50s: 7
MW: Mr. Cricket. World-class player who is a great finished and was the mainstay of the batting over many seasons.
5. Callum Ferguson
Mat: 21 | Inns: 20 | Runs: 544 | Best: 113no | Ave: 30.22 | SR: 127.69 | 50s: 1 | 100s: 1
MW: He has a touch of class with the bat and scored arguably one of the best hundreds in Thunder history last season in Perth.
6. Andre Russell
Mat: 15 | Runs: 210 | Best: 46 | Ave: 17.50 | Wickets: 19 | BBI: 3-13 | Ave: 23.36
MW: Powerhouse, box office player who is capable of winning the game with bat and ball.
7. Chris Green
Mat: 41 | Runs: 321 | Best: 49 | Ave: 18.88 | Wickets: 30 | BBI: 3-27 | Ave: 29.16
MW: One of the most improved and consistent performers over the years. Very tidy spin bowler with a great economy rate, excellent fielder and handy with the bat.
8. Pat Cummins
Mat: 12 | Runs: 152 | Best: 39 | Ave: 38.00 | Wickets: 13 | BBI: 2-21 | Ave: 29.23
MW: World-class fast bowler and very dangerous late order hitter with the stick.
9. Gurinder Sandhu
Mat: 43 | Wickets: 39 | BBI: 3-19 | Ave: 29.10 | Econ: 8.02
MW: Second-leading wicket-taker in Thunder history who has a great variety of deliveries. Local lad who is always popular with the home crowd.
10. Dirk Nannes
Mat: 20 | Wickets: 23 | BBI: 4-17 | Ave: 22.43 | Econ: 7.15
MW: Exciting strike bowler who has genuine pace and ability to take wickets.
11. Fawad Ahmed
Mat: 42 | Wickets: 40 | BBI: 4-14 | Ave: 25.45 | Econ: 6.97
MW: High quality leg-spinner who is Thunder’s all-time leading wicket-taker. Incredible economy rate as well.