The third edition of the Big Bash League ends the way it began for Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers, with a Sydney Smash derby. For the Thunder it is the final game of what has been another tough campaign, while the Sixers at least have a guaranteed spot in the semi-finals to look forward to.
The Sixers go into the derby knowing that they have a very good chance of hosting their semi-final at the SCG. They know they will play Perth Scorchers but the venue will be decided by the outcome of the final round of games. The Sixers need to beat the Thunder and hope Melbourne Stars beat the Scorchers two days later. The Stars are 100% in BBL03 so there is no reason for the Sixers not to give everything for the win at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
The Thunder will be hoping to finish the campaign with consecutive wins after waiting more than two years to break their drought. They have been dealt a blow in their bowling attack with Ajantha Mendis returning to international duty with Sri Lanka.
Sixers captain Steve Smith is also away on international duty, and they have lost Jordan Silk and Chris Tremlett to injury. Both will miss the remainder of the tournament. The Sixers are in great form going into the fifth edition of the Sydney Smash having won four of their last five matches. Strangely, although they sit third on the BBL03 ladder, they are still carrying a negative net run rate.
Saturday 25th January, ANZ Stadium Homebush 19:10
Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers