Sydney Thunder finished third last season and look set to be among the top teams again this season with a strong squad available to them.
Last season’s top wicket-taker, Daniel Sams, is back in the Thunder squad and key batsman Alex Hales also returns.
If Hales, Khawaja and Sams all deliver, they are certainly a team to look out for in the play-offs again despite the betting odds.
Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy will miss the first three games, but big-hitting Colin Munro could be a top opener and Joe Clarke has a big opportunity to show what he can do on a big stage.
Clarke has been a key player for Nottinghamshire Outlaws previously, and the T20 Blast winner will be knocking on the door of the national team if he stars before Livingstone and Roy arrive.
Elsewhere, Andrew Tye is a long-standing star of the BBL and the likes of Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson – when fit – are key with the ball.
This Scorchers line-up, at full strength and on top form, looks well balanced. The key will be consistency.
Date: December 22, 2020 (Tuesday)
Time: 01:45 PM IST/ 7:15 PM Local time
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
There is a small likelihood of rain in national capital on Mon. The temperature is anticipated to hover around 17-19 Degrees Anders Celsius throughout the match.
Spinners enjoyed bowling within the last 3 matches at the Manuka Oval with the tweakers selecting 9 wickets. Slow pitch is anticipated to air provide once more and a score around one hundred fifty ought to be enough to defend.
Predicted XI: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (C), Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Baxter Holt (WK), Jonathan Cook, Tanveer Sangha.
Predicted XI: Colin Munro, Cameron Bancroft, Sam Whiteman (WK), Joe Clarke, Mitch Marsh (C), Ashton Turner, Josh Inglis, JhyeRichardson, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmad, Andrew Tye.
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