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The Adelaide Strikers came from the clouds in 2017/18 to win their first T20 Big Bash League title. Can Jason Gillespie’s men hold onto their crown in BBL08, or will the international summer prove too great a drain on their squad?

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Adelaide Strikers fixtures for BBL|07

Strikers BBL dates
Opponent Date Venue Time
Brisbane Heat Wednesday, December 19, 2018 The Gabba 6.45pm ACDT
Melbourne Renegades Sunday, December 23, 2018 Adelaide Oval 6.45pm ACDT
Perth Scorchers Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Optus Stadium 6.45pm ACDT
Sydney Thunder Monday, December 31, 2018 Adelaide Oval 6.45pm ACDT
Melbourne Renegades Thursday, January 3, 2019 GMHBA Stadium 6.45pm ACDT
Sydney Sixers Sunday, January 6, 2019 Adelaide Oval 6.45pm ACDT
Melbourne Stars Friday, January 11, 2019 Adelaide Oval 6.30pm ACDT
Sydney Thunder Sunday, January 13, 2019 Spotless Stadium 2.15pm ACDT
Hobart Hurricanes Monday, January 21, 2019 Adelaide Oval 6.45pm ACDT
Melbourne Stars Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Ted Summerton Reserve 2.15pm ACDT
Sydney Sixers Tuesday, January 29, 2019 SCG 6.30pm ACDT
Hobart Hurricanes Thursday, January 31, 2019 UTAS Stadium 7.10pm ACDT
Brisbane Heat Sunday, February 3, 2019 Adelaide Oval 5.45pm ACDT
Perth Scorchers Saturday, February 9, 2019 Traeger Park 2.15pm ACDT

2017/18 Adelaide Strikers squad

Adelaide Strikers futures and tips

There are mixed views on whether the Strikers can go deep again this year. Some bookies have them as joint favourites in Big Bash outright betting, while others have them back towards in the middle of a tightly packed market. Wait until the final squads are announced before pulling the trigger on any Strikers futures.

Top batsman odds

BBL07 was a breakout season for both Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald at the top of the order. With Travis Head likely to be away on international duty for much of the summer, look to those two for big runs over the course of the campaign.

Top bowler betting

Rashid Khan proved an inspired signing last season, finishing with 18 wickets at an unbeatable economy rate of 5.65. Another big year from the Afghani spinner – who is also very handy with the bat – will put Adelaide right in the mix again.

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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