Australia news September 23, 2015

Sydney Thunder carry drop-in pitches to new home

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mike Hussey and Jaques Kallis put on a record 160-run opening stand in last season's opening game against Brisbane Heat © Getty Images

Big Bash League team Sydney Thunder will play their BBL 2015 home games at the recently renovated Spotless Stadium in Sydney, but they will be taking an important part of their previous home ground.

The Thunder will carry three drop-in pitches from the ANZ Stadium. The Thunder's latest signing Shane Watson lauded the decision and said it would provide them a good home advantage.

"It's a great acquisition for the Thunder to make sure we have a bit of a home-town advantage, knowing what the wickets are going to do," Watson told Cricket Australia.

"In previous years the wickets had been a little slow at ANZ, but the last couple of years they have been world class. Being able to take them over to Spotless will make sure the really intimate setting at the stadium is combined with really good wickets that are going to provide a lot of entertainment as well," Watson added.

The average innings score on the centre wicket of the ANZ Stadium was 176, in the two matches played at the venue last season - the highest average for any ground in the BBL. Jaques Kallis and Michael Hussey put on a record 160-run opening stand in last season's first game against Brisbane Heat.

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