Brett Lee SLAMS ‘appalling’ Sydney Thunder after they set lowest score EVER in T20 history in Big Bash League humiliation…as Brad Haddin tells coach Trevor Bayliss should just ‘have a beer and not talk about the game’
Brett Lee led a chorus of pundits slamming the Sydney Thunder for an ‘appalling’ performance after they recorded the lowest total in T20 history against the Adelaide Strikers.
Needing 140 to win their Big Bash clash, the Thunder crumbled to a scarcely believable 15 all out at the Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday night as they were rolled out in just 35 balls.
And Lee didn’t mince his words in the aftermath.
Wes Agar (right) finished with four wickets for six runs as the Adelaide Strikers skittled the Sydney Thunder to 15 all out at the Sydney Showground Stadium in the BBL
‘I’m speechless, I really am. It’s appalling for the Sydney Thunder,’ he said on Fox Cricket.
‘Fifteen. It’s great bowling, but really? I’m speechless. The Strikers haven’t even warmed up. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never seen a game of cricket like this ever.’
Commentator Dan Ginnane struck a similar tone, noting the score would go down in cricket history.
‘Take a screencap of that – because you’ll never, ever see this again,’ he said after the ninth wicket fell.
Sydney Thunder were absolutely humiliated as they were bowled out for 15 runs on Friday
England captain Ben Stokes couldn’t believe what he was watching from Pakistan
Lee’s former Sydney Sixers teammate Brad Haddin was similarly scathing of the Thunder: ‘To be bowled out for 15 in 35 balls is just embarrassing.’
England captain Ben Stokes, watching from Pakistan, took to Twitter to share his disbelief at Sydney’s capitulation.
‘8-10 off 5’ he posted alongside a series of mindblown emojis.
Henry Thornton took five wickets for three runs and Wes Agar finished four for six as the Strikers left Sydney at 6-9 in the powerplay.
Brett Lee lambasted the Thunder for an ’embarrassing’ performance on Friday night
Daniel Sams was one of Agar’s victims and was dismissed with just one run to his name
‘Even in the backyard, they are my best figures! I don’t think we can believe it,’ he said after the game.
‘They nicked everything and we caught everything. It was amazing. It was a great all-round performance and it’s a great feeling.
‘They have got some really good players, so for us to do that is incredible.’
It means the Thunder, who are coached by former England boss Trevor Bayliss, now hold the record for the lowest men’s T20 score recorded, surpassing Turkey’s total of 21 runs against the Czech Republic in 2019.
Previously, the lowest total in the BBL was 57 runs, scored by the Melbourne Renegades in the 2014-15 season.
The Thunder’s tally of 15 is the lowest score in the history of men’s T20 cricket
And Haddin suggested Bayliss was exactly the kind of calm head the Thunder will need to put the shocking result behind them.
‘I think Trevor Bayliss is the perfect coach for the Thunder to have right now – there’s no point going in throwing chairs or kicking the cat – all you’ve got to do is move on,’ he said.
‘I’d walk out, have a beer and just not even talk about it.’
The Strikers won the toss and decided to bat, with batter Chris Lynn top scoring with 36 runs to help set a chase of 139 runs.
Henry Thornton (left) was the Player of the Match after taking five wickets for three runs
Matt Short started the demolition for Adelaide after bowling Thunder opener Matthew Gilkes for a duck, and the wickets quickly tumbled with Thornton taking two wickets in the second over.
Agar then got in on the action by taking the wicket of England batter and T20 World Cup winner Alex Hales, who went for a duck.
Thornton and Agar then mopped up the rest of the Sydney batting order, with Thunder having lost eight wickets for 10 runs by the five-over mark.
The pair took nine wickets between them, leaving bowler Brendan Doggett as the top scorer for Thunder with four runs.