The Adelaide Strikers came from the clouds in 2017/18 to win their first T20 Big Bash League title. They haven’t quite reached those heights again since, but big things are expected of Jason Gillespie’s squad this time around.
About the Adelaide Strikers
|Home ground:||Adelaide Oval|
|BBL titles:||1 (BBL07)|
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Adelaide Strikers fixture
|Melbourne Renegades||Tuesday, December 7||Marvel Stadium||7:15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Thursday, December 9||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Saturday, December 11||Optus Stadium||6:30pm AWST|
|Sydney Sixers||Tuesday, December 21||SCG||7:15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Thursday, December 23||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, December 27||Blundstone Arena||6:05pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Friday, December 31||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Sunday, January 2||Sydney Showgrounds||7:15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Wednesday, January 5||Adelaide Oval||5:35pm ACDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Friday, January 7||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Monday, January 10||MCG||2:10pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Wednesday, January 12||The Gabba||6:15pm AEST|
|Perth Scorchers||Friday, January 14||Adelaide Oval||7:45pm ACDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Tuesday, January 18||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
Adelaide Strikers players to watch
Everyone’s favourite Afghani spinner returns to the City of Churches for his fifth consecutive season in the Big Bash League. Rashid has taken 72 BBL wickets at 16.19 and will only improve on that record this summer.
Once seen as the heir apparent to the keeper-batsman role in all formats for Australia, Carey suddenly finds himself on the fringe of the national setup. A strong start to the Big Bash season would put him back in the selectors’ good graces.
A few years ago, you’d have copped some raised eyebrows if you had said this guy would become one of Australia’s premier T20 bowlers. However, Siddle has lapped up the shortest format in his later years, and he looks poised for another big season with the Strikers.
Adelaide Strikers futures and tips
The Strikers are well liked in the Big Bash outright betting, with most bookies rating only the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers above them. The question is how they will fare once their stars depart for international duty.
Top batsman odds
Both Alex Carey and Travis Head are in the mix for national selection this summer, so it might pay to look a little deeper into the Strikers squad for their top tournament runscorer. Jake Weatherald is a player who has threatened to catch fire for a while now, and after a busy preseason, this might be his year.
Top bowler betting
Rashid Khan has been nothing short of brilliant since joining the Strikers two summers ago. Another big year from the Afghani spinner – who is also very handy with the bat – will put Adelaide right in the mix again. Even if he plays only 10 games, he’ll be there or thereabouts. Peter Siddle has been rock solid since joining the Strikers, while Wes Agar is a player on the up.
All-time Adelaide Strikers XI
- Alex Carey
- Jake Weatherald
- Travis Head
- Brad Hodge
- Jon Wells
- Johan Botha
- Michael Neser
- Rashid Khan
- Peter Siddle
- Ben Laughlin
- Shaun Tait
The biggest trouble with this XI is trying to pick between all the excellent wicketkeepers that have graced the Adelaide Oval in recent years. Ben Dunk had one outstanding season with the Strikers, and Tim Ludeman was a good servant for many years, but Alex Carey wins out on sheer weight of runs. The middle order was tricky to pick, while it was impossible to fit in all the fine bowlers that have played for the Strikers. Honourable mentions to Michael Klinger, Kane Richardson and Adil Rashid.