The 17th of December is a big day for fans of the Sydney Thunder, as this is when everyone's favourite cricket team faces off against their arch nemesis, the Sydney Sixers. To show our support for Sydney's best cricketers, we have decided to cover ourselves from head to toe in glow-in-the-dark, neon green paint for an entire week.
Okay, fine, we're not actually going to do that. But we do have some exciting competitions, including our #PLAYATAMF competition, which will let three lucky winners challenge a member of the Sydney Thunder to a game of bowling.
For people who aren't so certain about their sporting prowess (athletics are hard, we don't blame you), we have another competition. The cricket lover with the most creative caption for the photo on our Facebook page will win two Sky Deck tickets to a Sydney Thunder home game, not including the December 17th game. This prize will also include flights and accommodation if the winner is from outside NSW.
Pretty cool right? Even more evidence that the Sydney Thunder crew are a decent sort. We recently sat down with some of these cricketing superstars to talk about everything from game rules to the benefits of afternoon naps.
Getting to know them
Sports stars - they really are just like us! Did you, for example, know that if Shane Watson wasn't playing cricket, he'd be in a band? We feel you, Shane, we have rock star aspirations too.
Each of the four players was psyched to have the Spotless Stadium in Sydney as their new home base, where they'll soon be meeting the Sydney Sixers. The team members pre-game ritual is particularly interesting. Mike Hussey is all about the stretching, which Shane Watson, a yoga aficionado, does too. Gurinder Sandhu likes a final team meeting and some time to chill out and listen to music. Clint Mckay, though, enjoys a nap before a night game - this man has the right idea about life.
Gurinder also explains that the team is very close, both on field and off. When it comes to changing the rules of the game, however, opinions were mixed. Fast bowler Gurinder wanted no wides (big surprise there) while Clint Mckay wished that an extra fielder was allowed outside the circle in the first six overs. Shane Watson, however, feels that the game is already perfect the way it is.
The one thing each team member agreed on? Come the 17th, the Sixers are going down!