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Big Bash: Sydney Sixers profile

After narrowly missing out on the final last season, the Sydney Sixers are expected to be serious contenders once again to be crowned Big Bash champions in the 2023/24 season.

Suffering a four-wicket defeat to Brisbane in the Challenger clash last term, the Sixers had to watch on as the Perth Scorchers went on to beat the Heat in the final.

After a disappointing end to last season, head coach Greg Shipperd will be determined to right the wrongs of the last campaign as they look to get their hands on the Big Bash trophy for a fourth time.

Big Bash League history

The Sydney Sixers have a strong history in the Big Bash League and were the first-ever winners of the competition in its inaugural season in 2011-12.

Led by former England head coach Trevor Bayliss at that time, the Sixers finished in third place in the points table but went on to beat the Perth Scorchers by seven wickets in the final.

The Sixers have gone on to win the final two more times in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, while they have also finished as runner-up on three occasions.

A team that has often been in the mix for the title, the Sixers are the second-favourites at 5.50 behind the 3.60 Scorchers to lift the trophy this coming season.

Signings ahead of new campaign

In the BBL Draft the Sixers used their retention pick to bring back England all-rounder Tom Curran for a second spell with the team.

The 28-year-old featured for the Sydney outfit back in the 2018-19 campaign and will return to the familiar surroundings of the SSG for a second crack at the title.

Meanwhile, there is plenty of excitement regarding the potential of 19-year-old Rehan Ahmed following his selection in the draft.

The 19-year-old from Nottingham has been playing white ball cricket for his national side and broke the record for becoming the youngest player to place in all three formats of the game for England.

Already with plenty of big-stage experience at such a young age, it will be interesting to see how Ahmed handles the Big Bash this season and what impact he can have at the Sixers.

Sydney Sixers fixtures

The Sydney Sixers will kick-start their new campaign on 8th December when they play hosts to the Melbourne Renegades at the SCG.

A trip to the University of Tasmania Stadium is the Sixers' first game on the road, as they take on the Hobart Hurricanes on 11th December.

The Sixers are back at the SCG to host the Adelaide Strikers on 22nd December, before a Boxing Day clash in Sydney against the Melbourne Stars.

It’s 30th December when the Sixers face rivals Sydney Thunder for the first time at the Sydney Showground Stadium.

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