Sydney Sixers, the two time champions failed to reach the semifinal for the first time last year. However, they have retained almost the same side and under the leadership of Ellyse Perry will try to redemption. The most successful side of the tournament in terms of win percentage, Sixers have won 50 matches out of 78, they have played with a winning percentage of 71.

Played- 78, Won- 50, Lost- 28, NR/Tie- 0, Win%- 71.43

WBBL 05 result: 5th

After the shock of last season, which saw them miss the finals for the first time in the WBBL’s history following Ellyse Perry’s shoulder injury and some wayward form from their main stars, Sixers ended their journey with7 wins from the 14 matches.

Best Result: Champions ( 2016-17, 2017-18)

Women’s Big Bash League 06 Team Analysis:

Two Times Champion Sydney Sixers have retained almost the same team. Packed with star-studded batting line up they have brought in Lisa Griffith to boost the seam bowling department.

Ellyse Perry who missed the series against their arch-rivals is excepted to start the season afresh. She has been phenomenal for the Sixers over the years and she would look forward to replicating the form this year too. Her Australian teammates, the destructive opener of the Women cricket, Alyssa Healy will be seen to flexing her muscle this year as well in the top order. If Perry-Healy stands clicks then they can hit any of the opposition out of the match.

There are other star-studded teams whose middle order is weaker, compare their top order. Not in the case of Sixers. even if one survives the scare of Perry-Healy, by getting rid of them early, then there are Gardner-Burns and Kapp-Niekerk. All of them can turn the match on their own merit. Sixers have an ample number of all-rounders in their side which is a positive side. this gives them the chance to play a batter less if they find that the bowlers are not doing well and vice versa.

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While the seam bowling department will be taken care of by Perry, Kapp, Lisa Griffith and Sarah Aley, Hayley Silver Holmes, the find of last year can turn out to to be handy. Apart from them, Stella Campbell and Lauren Cheatle can produce an early breakthrough for the side.

Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy

Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy ©Will Russell/Getty Images

While South African skipper Dane Van Niekerk will be their go-to bowlers in the middle overs, off-spinner Erin Burns and Ash Gardner should not be taken lightly by the opposition. Angela Reakes has been roped in from Melbourne Stars and her all-round abilities can turn out to be fruitful, given the opportunity.

Strength:

Along with the destructive opening pair, Sydney Sixers have a strong batting line up. The bunch of all-rounders cut the tail short while at the same time they give skipper Ellyse Perry variety in the bowling. The pace attack led by Ellyse Perry and Marizanne Kapp is one of the best in the Tournament while  Niekerk will look to bamboozled the batters along with Ash Gardner.

Weakness:

Despite boasting a star-studded batting line-up including Australia stars Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner and Erin Burns alongside South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk, the Sixers imploded on several occasions last season. Sixers one day made the opening partnership of 199 against Melbourne Stars,  on the other day they got bowled out for 73 against the Brisbane Heat and restricted to 9-93 and 9-100 against the Strikers and Scorchers respectively.

WBBL 06 Squad of Sydney Sixers:

Ellyse Perry (C, Aus), Alyssa Healy (Aus), Ashleigh Gardner (Aus), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Dane van Niekerk (SA), Sarah Aley, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Maddy Darke, Lisa Griffith, Jodie Hicks, Emma Hughes, Angela Reakes, Hayley Silver-Holmes

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Ins:

Lisa Griffith (Thunder), Angela Reakes (Stars)

Outs:

Lauren Smith (Thunder), Alisha Bates

Key Players:

Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Sarah Aley

Probable XI:

Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Angela Reakes, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Sarah Aley

Fixtures: 

October 25: vs Thunder, North Sydney Oval

October 26: vs Strikers, North Sydney Oval

October 31: vs Stars, Showground Stadium

November 1: vs Renegades, Showground Stadium

November 4: vs Heat, Blacktown International Sports Park

November 7: vs Hurricanes, North Sydney Oval

November 8: vs Scorchers, Hurstville Oval

November 11: vs Scorchers, Blacktown International Sports Park

November 14: vs Hurricanes, Showground Stadium

November 15: vs Strikers, Drummoyne Oval

November 17: vs Heat, Blacktown International Sports Park

November 18: vs Thunder, Blacktown International Sports Park

November 21: vs Renegades, North Sydney Oval

November 22: vs Stars, North Sydney Oval

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