The Adelaide Strikers were one of the form teams leading into the BBL09 finals series, but two disappointing performances saw them eliminated in the Knockout match after finishing third in the regular season.
With the services of proven stars in Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Travis Head and Alex Carey, the Strikers are gearing up to be contenders yet again in BBL10.
Let’s see how they are shaping up in the major BBL betting markets for 2020/21.
Adelaide Strikers BBL squad changes
In: Danny Briggs (England), Spencer Johnson, Matt Renshaw (Brisbane Heat), Liam Scott, Daniel Worrall (Melbourne Stars)
Out: Jake Lehmann, Billy Stanlake (Melbourne Stars)
With a few strong additions and only Billy Stanlake missing from last summer’s best lineup, it’s hard to think the Strikers won’t be in finals calculations.
Dan Worrall fills Stanlake’s shoes and offers more game smarts than Billy, while Matt Renshaw will look to build on his solid performances with the Brisbane Heat last term.
Gun imports Rashid Khan and Phil Salt are joined by Danny Briggs, a left-arm orthodox spinner who has seven T20I caps for England.
Adelaide Strikers squad: Danny Briggs (Eng), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Travis Head, Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan (Afg), Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt (Eng), Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall, Jon Wells
Adelaide Strikers BBL fixture
|Hobart Hurricanes||Sunday, December 13||Blundstone Arena||2:10pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Tuesday, December 15||UTAS Stadium||7:15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Sunday, December 20||Blundstone Arena||11:10am AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Wednesday, December 23||The Gabba||6:15pm AEST|
|Perth Scorchers||Monday, December 28||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Thursday, December 31||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Sunday, January 3||Metricon Stadium||6:15pm AEST|
|Melbourne Renegades||Tuesday, January 5||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Friday, January 8||Adelaide Oval||5:40pm ACDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Monday, January 11||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Friday, January 15||MCG||7:15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Thursday, January 21||MCG||7:15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Sunday, January 24||Sydney Showgrounds||4:05pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Monday, January 25||Sydney Showgrounds||7:15pm AEDT|
Adelaide Strikers BBL outright betting
Given the solid additions to the squad in the off-season, the $6 at Sportsbet on offer for the Strikers to claim the BBL10 title would be a hugely tempting option for punters.
They look to have enough depth to cover any players they may lose to international duties – namely Alex Carey, Travis Head and Rashid Khan – and should be competing towards the business end of the campaign.
We think Jason Gillespie’s side will finish in the top three and give themselves every chance to win it all this season.
|Team||BBL outright winner odds|
|Melbourne Stars||+333||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Sydney Sixers||+400||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Adelaide Strikers||+500||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Perth Scorchers||+550||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Brisbane Heat||+600||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Hobart Hurricanes||+700||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Melbourne Renegades||+1000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Sydney Thunder||+1000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
Adelaide Strikers BBL top tournament runscorer
There looks to be plenty of value in the BBL top scorer markets for the Strikers, and it’s one of the new signings that has caught our attention.
Matt Renshaw looks set to play a crucial role in the middle order and has developed an attacking side to his game that many weren’t sure he had.
He had his best season in the BBL last year for the Brisbane Heat, and punters can get odds of $8 for the Queenslander to be the Strikers’ top runscorer in BBL10.
|Player||Adelaide Strikers top tournament batsman odds|
|Alex Carey||+125||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Phil Salt||+350||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Jonathan Wells||+350||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Jake Weatherald||+350||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Matt Renshaw||+700||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Matthew Short||+1100||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Travis Head||+2200||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Harry Nielsen||+4000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Michael Neser||+4000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
Adelaide Strikers BBL top tournament wicket-taker
With Rashid Khan and Michael Neser likely to shoot off for international duties at various points throughout BBL10, the value looks to be with Peter Siddle at $3.25 to be Adelaide’s top wicket-taker in BBL10.
The Victorian took 19 wickets in BBL09, finishing equal with Rashid at the top of the Strikers’ wicket-taking charts.
Now that he’s out of the international scene and focusing more on his T20 craft, there is no reason why Siddle can’t do it again this season.
|Player||Adelaide Strikers top tournament bowler odds|
|Peter Siddle||+225||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Danny Briggs||+275||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Rashid Khan||+275||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Michael Neser||+450||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Wes Agar||+550||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Dan Worrall||+1000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Harry Conways||+1400||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Liam O’Connor||+1700||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Matthew Short||+5000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
Adelaide Strikers player to watch – Phil Salt
One to watch for the Strikers in BBL10 is Phil Salt, who provided more than a few highlights last summer in his maiden Big Bash campaign.
With an average of just over 26 and a strike rate of close to 160 in T20 cricket, the Welsh batsman provides entertainment right from ball one.
Now that he has a season under his belt at Adelaide, Salt will be looking to build on the foundations he laid in BBL09 and help progress the Strikers even further this summer.
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