Sydney Sixers Best Odds
The Sixers are generally second-favourites with most bookmakers for the 2020-21 season.
This is proof of their consistency over the years, the fact they’re defending champs and that they’ve recruited well once again.
The best odds for Sydney Sixers to win the Big Bash League 2020-21 are 5.5 at 10CRIC.
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Predicted Group Stage Finish: 1st
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Sydney Sixers Performance 2019-20
The only reason why their season last time out wasn’t perfect was that they ‘only’ finished second in the Group Stages.
14 Group Stage matches yielded nine wins, four defeats and a ‘no result’.
They finished just one point off the Melbourne Stars in second place but certainly made the most of their Top 2 finish.
They won the Qualifier in a low-scoring game in Melbourne, posting a modest total and defending it with surprising ease as the Stars, not for the first time, made a mess of the chase.
The Sixers’ bowlers were excellent on the night with Steve O’Keefe, Sean Abbott and Josh Hazlewood all taking wickets and being economical; in the end O’Keefe was man of the match.
The final, against the Stars again, was a similar story. In a game reduced to just 12 over per side because of rain, they posted a healthy 116-5 mostly thanks to Josh Philippe’s aggressive 52 off 29. Again, their bowlers were good in defending.
Philippe was the find of the tournament last time out, scoring 487 runs over the course of the season. Englishman Tom Curran was their top wicket-taker with 22.
Sydney Sixers facts
- Won the now-defunct Champions League in 2012.
- Three of Australia’s four first-choice Test bowlers play for the Sixers: Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon.
- Sean Abbott is the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of the Big Bash.
- Have a 81% win rate against the Brisbane Heat.
- Have just a 29% win rate against the Perth Scorchers.
- The Sixers’ top run-scorer ever, Nic Maddinson (1408 runs) now plays for the Stars.
- No Sixers’ batsman has ever scored a century in the Big Bash.
Sydney Sixers 2020-21 players
Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince
Captain: Moises Henriques
Henriques is an ideal captain for the Big Bash. He knows the league and all the players inside out, has played dozens of matches himself and is a wise and unfussy captain.
At 33, his chances of playing much for Australia are limited (although he was in both the T20 and ODI squads to play India) but all the better for the Sixers.
He generally bats at five these days so doesn’t always have the chance to make a big impact, but he’s there when you need him.
Key Player: Sean Abbott
One of our Top 5 Big Bash legends, Abbott is a bit like Henriques: keeps it simple, does his job, performs year after year.
He’s the second-highest wicket-taker in BBL history, proof of his consistency and durability.
He was injured last season and they badly missed him.
They’ll be hoping that though he’s in the Test squad to face Australia, he isn’t selected, which would mean being available for the Sixers.
Game Changer: Josh Philippe
Philippe impressed last season as an aggressive opening batsman who also keeps wicket and the general perception is that this is Australia’s future wicket-keeper batsman we’re talking about here.
When Alex Carey has had his lot, Philippe is his natural successor.
A tall batsman who loves to cut, pull and drive, like most keepers, he will have benefited hugely from a season in the IPL for RXCB where he played alongside the likes of AB de Villiers.
Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli, no less.
One thing Philippe needs to do though is bat without fear.
There are plenty of other batsmen in this line-up who can bat sensibly so he has to be the one taking risks.
Sydney Sixers BBL 2020-21 analysis
The very best T20 sides aren’t necessarily the ones with the biggest superstars or the biggest six-hitters.
They’re the ones where from 1 to 11, everyone knows their role to perfection and they all do just that: their jobs.
You’ll do well to find a side as well-drilled as this one and where everyone knows what’s expected of them.
Typically, their overseas players are smart recruits who offer balance and experience. They’ll be tough to beat during the Group Stages and when a couple come back from Test duties, they’ll be even stronger.
During the regular season, they’ll be able to field Abbott, O’Keefe, Dwarshuis, Pope and Brathwaite and may also be able to play Starc and Lyon during the Playoffs.
That’s as good a bowling line-up as any in the tournament and you never get any respite against them because it’s just one good bowler after another coming at you.
In most games, they’ll bat Henriques, Christian and Brathwaite at 5, 6 and 7 and that’s some serious power right there. Not to mention, no shortage of experience.
They’ll definitely open with two from James Vince, Josh Philippe and Daniel Hughes.
They’re all good players but not quite in the same league as say Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short, Jason Rooy or Chris Lynn when it comes to being so destructive at the beginning.
If they’re faced with 180-plus totals, they may get themselves into trouble by starting too cautiously.
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