But whilst the ledger reads 1-3 in BBL|06 so far, some of the statistics suggest things could turn around very quickly if we can tighten up in a couple of key areas.
Here are three key areas that if we get right can propel us back into finals contention.
A more even spread of run-scorers
Brad Hodge has been at his consistent best in BBL|06 with an average of 58.
|Runs scored||BBL|05||BBL|06 (to date)|
|Individual scores of 30+||17 (avg. 2.1)||8 (avg. 2)|
|Individual scores of 50+||9 (avg 1.1)||4 (avg. 1)|
When looking at the raw numbers of top individual run-scorers, there is very little difference between last season (where the Strikers had a 7-1 win-loss record) and our current campaign to date.
The difference instead lies in our lesser contributors. So far in BBL|06 we have recorded 21 scores under 5, compared to just nine in the same number of matches last season.
Coach Jason Gillespie acknowledges whilst there have been some good batting performances by individuals but as a team they have been disappointing at times.
“We have had blokes perform really well, Hodge being one of them, but we can’t keep relying on our 42-year old skipper,” Gillespie said.
“The lads have identified the areas we need to work on and you can’t fault their efforts in training and game preparation."
Keeping our bowling tight for twenty overs
Ben Laughlin is always difficult to get away.
|Average Total||BBL|05||BBL|06 (to date)|
|Average total batting first||162||147|
|Average total bowling first||161||202|
Bowling first was a major strength for the Strikers in BBL|05, where we able to restrict opposition teams to modest totals and allow our explosive batting order to play with freedom.
Unfortunately in BBL|06 that hasn’t been the case so far, as we have conceded an average of 41 runs more per innings, putting extra pressure on during our run chases.
“I feel we have bowled well in patches,” said Gillespie, a man with 200 Test scalps to his name.
“The most frustrating thing is we have bowled one good over and then we let it slip with a bad over or two.
“We build some pressure and then we release that pressure which allows them to get the momentum back. We need to tighten up there.”
Keep plenty of wickets in the shed
Ben Dunk has made an immediate impact at the top of the order for the Strikers this season.
|Wickets Lost||BBL|05||BBL|06 (to date)|
|Average wickets taken||7.2||6|
|Average wickets lost||4.25||8.5|
Last season the Strikers did a good job of keeping plenty of wickets in hand towards the end of their innings, allowing our batsman to accelerate with confidence in the final few overs and significantly build our total.
It's an area that Dizzy says the players have identified and will look to rectify this Friday against the Hurricanes.
“We’ve lost wickets in clumps and that certainly hasn’t helped,” Gillespie said
“If we want to be a really good side we must build partnerships and dominate when we get the momentum.
“I don’t think we are far away from the form we showed last year.