Edwards and Devine to return to Strikers squad

10 January 2017

The Adelaide Strikers will welcome back two big inclusions into their 14-player squad for their next three WBBL matches in Melbourne and Perth.

The Strikers will play two matches against the Melbourne Stars, followed by one against the Perth Scorchers, who defeated the Strikers by six wickets on New Year’s Eve.

Sophie Devine will return from her One-Day/Twenty20 series stint with her domestic side, Wellington Blaze, adding some serious depth to the Strikers’ batting lineup.

Charlotte Edwards has also been given the all-clear to return after missing the last six matches due to a lower back injury.

Brittany Perry has been omitted from the squad for the next three matches, and will instead be participating in the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Wollongong.

Assistant Coach and experienced all-rounder Shelley Nitschke emphasises the importance of the remaining matches for the Strikers.

“Every game is crucial for us from this point on now; we know we have some work to do but we hope we can still sneak into the top four. Having Sophie (Devine) and Charlotte (Edwards) back will have a big impact on our batting line-up,” said Nitschke.

“Against the Stars, if we can break the Meg Lanning/Emma Inglis partnership early, that could set us up. If we bowl and field as well as we know we can, we can definitely restrict them to a lower total.”

The match against the Perth Scorchers on 14 January will give the Strikers the opportunity to redeem themselves after a deflating New Year’s Eve loss.

“New Year’s Eve was a really disappointing match for us, so we are really looking to play the way we know we can and beat the Scorchers this time around.”

Entry for all WBBL matches (excluding double-headers) is free, while all matches can also be live-streamed on cricket.com.au and on the Rebel WBBL Facebook page.

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Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, Tuesday 10 January 2017

MCG, 3:05pm (local time)

Double header with BBL Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers

 

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars, Friday 13 January 2017

Lilac Hill, Perth, 2pm (local time)

 

Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, Saturday 14 January 2017

WACA, 1:35pm (local time)

Double header with BBL Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars

 

Adelaide Strikers squad v Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers

1. Tegan McPharlin (c)

2. Megan Schutt (vc)

3. Tammy Beaumont

4. Charlotte Edwards

5. Sophie Devine

6. Sarah Elliott

7. Sarah Coyte

8. Shelley Nitschke

9. Bridget Patterson

10. Tahlia McGrath

11. Alex Price

12. Amanda Wellington

13. Katelyn Pope

14. Tabatha Saville

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