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Thunder name squad to take on 'Gades

07 January 2022

Muhammad Hasnain with Chris Green and Ben Cutting // Getty

Four inclusions for Saturday night showdown at Marvel Stadium

Sydney Thunder’s Acting Captain Chris Green said his team will head into Saturday’s KFC Big Bash League match against the Melbourne Renegades determined to capitalise on the momentum that has propelled them to four consecutive wins.

After recording their second victory of the season over the top of the table Perth Scorchers, Green said it was pleasing to think Sydney Thunder still had room for improvement.

“We’re playing great cricket, but we haven’t played that perfect game yet,” said Green. ”We’ve shown glimpses of it, which is exciting.

“It’s good because you obviously don’t want to play your best cricket too early, you still want to learn a lot and I think we still are learning a lot along the way.”

However, Green admitted defeating the competition’s trailblazers, Perth, was a gauge of where Thunder sits.

“When I spoke after our previous win over Scorchers this season, I said that they’ve been the form team this tournament and playing really good cricket,” he said.

“So, it’s great to get that test early on and see where you’re at. With that in mind, to walk away with two-from-two is a fantastic effort.

“I thought our win over Perth on the Gold Coast was a very good team performance, an all-round performance.

“Yes, there was some individual class - particularly Gurinder Sandhu’s four wickets which included a hat-trick - but it was pleasing to see that the youngsters Matt Gilkes, Jason Sangha, and Ollie Davies again contributed.

“I’m really happy with our efforts because we’re letting our bat and ball do our talking.

“I’m pleased with how we went and how we’re going. As a team Thunder is playing with a smile on our face.”

Green said he’d welcome tomorrow night’s match at Marvel Stadium against a Renegades outfit that will be determined to take down Thunder.

“The Renegades have come off a number of wins and are playing good cricket,” he said. “They’ll want to knock us off... we have a bigger target on our back now and we’re going to enjoy that challenge.”

Green paid tribute to Sam Billings and Saqib Mahmood who have returned to England to prepare for their roles in the national team's One Day International tour of the West Indies.

“Sam and Saqib were brilliant on and off the field,” he said. “They genuinely cared about this team, and that’s a credit to Thunder’s culture.

“They slotted in and were also made to feel a part of it, and made to develop the same care as we have.”

Green acknowledged that while the pair would be missed, Thunder had plenty of quality players waiting to be given their shot.

“Muhammad Hasnain couldn’t play in Queensland because of border restrictions, but we saw what he's capable of when he took three wickets in the first over of his debut for us,” said Green.

“He’s a great replacement for Saqib.

“We have such great depth in our squad... to have someone of Brendan Doggett’s class to have played only one game so far says a lot. And we have Alex Ross coming back soon... Sam Whiteman... we have a lot of guys waiting for their opportunity.”

Sydney Thunder Squad v Melbourne Renegades

# Player  Junior Club 
93 Chris Green (C) St Ives JCC
50 Jonathon Cook St Andrews JCC
31 Ben Cutting MacGregor JCC
9 Ollie Davies Harbord Devils JCC
35 Brendan Doggett Southern Districts JCC
22 Matthew Gilkes Ulladulla United JCC
6 Alex Hales Gerrards Cross JCC (England)
87 Muhammad Hasnain (International Replacement Player) Sind Cricket Academy (Pakistan)
27 Baxter Holt Carlingford Waratah JCC
44 Nathan McAndrew Oak Flats JCC
10 Arjun Nair (Local Replacement Player)  Wenty Leagues Club JCC
49  Alex Ross Kensington JCC
95 Daniel Sams Panania-East Hills RSL JCC
28 Gurinder Sandhu Plumpton-Glendenning JCC
23 Jason Sangha Wallsend JCC
17 Tanveer Sangha Ingleburn RSL JCC
20 Chris Tremain Kinross Wolaroi JCC
3 Sam Whiteman (Local Replacement Player) Colts JCC