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Strikers name 13-man squad for Stars clash

09 January 2017

The Strikers have made three changes to their 13-man squad to travel to Melbourne to take on the Stars in another crucial fixture at the MCG tomorrow night.

The loss of Head and Stanlake to international commitments and all-rounder Chris Jordan to injury has led to the inclusion of fan favourite Tim Ludeman, promising quick Wes Agar and New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi into the team’s 13-man squad for the Stars match.

Meanwhile the Stars have had their own exodus of talent, with Maxwell, Zampa and James Faulkner all unavailable due to their selection in Australia’s 14-man ODI squad, despite regaining Peter Handscomb from Test duties.   

The Strikers have had the wood on the Stars the last two times these sides have met - both season-openers at Adelaide Oval.

However this time it’ll be on the Stars home turf, in what looms as a critical match for both teams’ finals chances.   

With plenty of depth in both camps and everything to play for, dont expect to see a dip in performance as the Strikers attempt to square the ledger and catapault themselves back into the competitions top four.  

 

LAST TIME

Strikers Innings Highlights

A formidable total of 187 wasnt enough for the Melbourne Stars the last time these two sides met, with the Strikers power-hitting and depth seeing the home side chase down the runs for a 5-wicket victory.

A record 115-run fifth wicket partnership from skipper Brad Hodge and former Striker Alex Ross proved the difference, the scintillating partnership coming from just 58 deliveries as the duo peppered the short Adelaide square boundaries with sixes to reel in the target.    

Ben Laughlin also became the first man to reach 50 BBL wickets after removing Stoinis and marquee man Kevin Pieterson in the space of an over, while Kane Richardson took home figures of 3-22.    

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

 

Ben Dunk

The Strikers new boom recruit has been nothing short of exceptional with the willow so far in BBL|06, with his unbeaten 79 off just 49 deliveries providing the groundwork for the Strikers all-important win against the Hurricanes on Friday.

Averaging an impressive 58 with the bat and sitting second on the leading run-scorers table behind the Heats Chris Lynn  (who will miss the remainder of the tournament due to ODI commitments), Dunk is every chance of taking home another player of the tournament award if he keeps up his current form.

With the Strikers season squarely in the balance and the opener in red-hot form the Strikers will be relying on the Tasmanian native to continue setting the tone at the top of the order for the remainder of the tournament.  

 

DANGER MAN

 

Kevin Pietersen

The Stars have more than one proven match-winner on their list, but the all-important wicket still belongs to their marquee international.

With knocks of 60 and 73 already to his name in just three matches, Pietersen has begun his BBL|06 campaign in red-hot form, having already struck 21 boundaries in his three outings.   

A fierce competitor, dont expect Pietersen to allow the loss of the Stars’ international representatives as an excuse not to perform.   

 

STRIKERS 13-PLAYER SQUAD

1. Brad Hodge (c)

2. Wes Agar

3. Jono Dean

4. Ben Dunk

5. Ben Laughlin

6. Jake Lehmann

7. Tim Ludeman

8. Michael Neser

9. Liam O'Connor

10. Kieron Pollard

11. Kelvin Smith

12. Ish Sodhi

3. Jake Weatherald

 

STARS 13-PLAYER SQUAD

 

1. David Hussey (c)

2. Michael Beer

3. Scott Boland

4. Liam Bowe

5. Cameron Gannon

6. Seb Gotch

7. Evan Gulbis

8. Peter Handscomb

9. Ben Hilfenhaus

10. Kevin Pietersen

11. Rob Quiney

12. Marcus Stoinis

13. Luke Wright

 

 

 

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