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The Adelaide Strikers are one of the great enigmas of the T20 Big Bash League. Despite twice finishing top of the table, they have never won a final and, therefore, never claimed the title.

The 2017/18 campaign is shaping up as one of transition for Jason Gillespie’s men. Gone is Brad Hodge, whose experience, class and innovative leadership proved invaluable during his stint in South Australia. His departure paves the way for Travis Head to skipper an emerging side with plenty to prove after a disappointing campaign in BBL06.

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Adelaide Strikers fixtures for BBL|07

Big Bash League 2017/18
Opponent Date Venue Time
Sydney Thunder Friday, December 22, 2017 Adelaide Oval 7.40pm AEDT
Sydney Sixers Thursday, December 28, 2017 SCG 7.10pm AEDT
Brisbane Heat Sunday, December 31, 2017 Adelaide Oval 7.10pm AEDT
Hobart Hurricanes Thursday, January 4, 2018 Blundstone Arena 7.10pm AEDT
Sydney Thunder Sunday, January 7, 2018 Spotless Stadium 7.10pm AEDT
Melbourne Stars Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Adelaide Oval 7.40pm AEDT
Perth Scorchers Saturday, January 13, 2018 TBC 4.10pm AEDT
Hobart Hurricanes Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Adelaide Oval 7.40pm AEDT
Melbourne Renegades Monday, January 22, 2018 Etihad Stadium 7.40pm AEDT
Perth Scorchers Thursday, January 25, 2018 WACA 7.40pm AEDT
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2017/18 Adelaide Strikers squad

Adelaide Strikers futures and tips

Pre-season bookmaker odds suggest there is not a lot of confidence in the Strikers to go deep this year. William Hill has them on the sixth line of BBL outright betting at $8. Some big performances from new recruits could put Adelaide in the mix, however, so CrownBet’s $1.95 quote for a top-four finish is worth a dip.

Top batsman odds

Brad Hodge has been the Strikers’ go-to guy over the past few years, but it is time for someone else to step up and fill the void. Young skipper Travis Head is explosive when he gets going, but international commitments could curtail his influence in the back half of the season. Jake Lehmann could be a bit of a wild card after a disappointing BBL06.

Our money is on Colin Ingram. The South African slogger is a well-travelled veteran of the global T20 circuit who should add some much-needed class and experience to Adelaide’s batting order. He is paying $3 at CrownBet to top the club’s runscoring charts, while William Hill has the big-hitting lefty at tempting odds of $21 to outscore the rest of the competition.

Top bowler betting

Adelaide’s most damaging bowlers last term were Ish Sodhi and Chris Jordan, neither of whom have returned for BBL07. Ben Laughlin is the Big Bash’s all-time leading wicket-taker, but is he quite as dangerous as he was a few years ago? Billy Stanlake and new boy Peter Siddle fall into a similar bracket – hard to get away, but not always a threat.

Again, the standout for the Strikers is one of their overseas recruits. Casual followers may not know much about Rashid Khan now, but the teenage leg-spinner from Afghanistan will be a household name by the end of the season. He shone in the Indian Premier League in 2017, taking 17 wickets at a 6.62 economy rate, which is why several bookies have him slated as favourite for most tournament wickets. The value is at William Hill, which is paying way overs on Khan at $21.

All-time Adelaide Strikers XI

1. Ben Dunk
2. Michael Klinger
3. Mahela Jayawardene
4. Brad Hodge
5. Travis Head
6. Johan Botha
7. Tim Ludeman
8. Michael Neser
9. Adil Rashid
10. Ben Laughlin
11. Shaun Tait

What makes this team difficult to pick is the number of top-order batsman that rate a mention. Six of the top seven have done most of their best work either opening the innings, or coming in at first or second drop. You might also notice that we have two wicketkeepers: Tim Ludeman, who holds the club record for most Big Bash runs; and his successor, Ben Dunk, who smashed 364 runs in eight games in 2016/17.

The other problem was choosing between a veritable cornucopia of spin options. Adil Rashid got the nod on the back of 16 wickets at a strike rate of 13.0 in his only season at Adelaide Oval, while it was impossible to overlook Johan Botha’s all-round talents. The quicks picked themselves, although Kane Richardson – the club’s all-time leading wicket-taker – might consider himself hard done by.

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