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MATCH PREVIEW: STRIKERS V SIXERS

30 December 2016

The Adelaide Strikers will look to open their BBL|06 account when they clash with the Sydney Sixers at the Adelaide Oval in a New Year’s Eve blockbuster.

While a 0-2 start to the season isn’t an ideal situation to be in, Jason Gillespie has faith in the squad at his disposal and believes they can turn things around very quickly.

“There are areas that need to improve and we have identified that," he said. 

“We start with training, there are a couple days of prep before we take on the Sydney Sixers and we are really looking forward to that.

Unfortunately for the Strikers paceman Kane Richardson will miss 2-4 weeks due to back soreness, with young left-arm spinner Tom Andrews coming into the squad as an injury replacement. 

Fan favourite Jono Dean has also been selected in the Strikers 13-man squad for the first time in BBL|06. Expect the Canberra native to make an immediate impact if given the chance, as shown by his entertaining half-century on New Year's Eve in BBL|04. 

LAST TIME

Strikers v Sixes Match Highlights
 

Who could forget Travis Head's heroics to last year's phenomenal NYE fixture. 

Batting first, the Sixers set an imposing 5-176 from their 20 overs, thanks mainly to an unbeaten half-century from Brad Haddin. Adil Rashid was excellent with the ball for the Strikers, taking 3-34 from his four overs.

In reply the Strikers were in trouble at 3-66 and still requiring more than 10-runs per over - enter Travis Head.

Needing 51 from the final 18 balls of the game, Head went absolutely berserk. Seven sixes in 15 balls saw the hard-hitting left-hander register the first century by a Strikers batsman in BBL history and record a famous victory at the Adelaide Oval, in front of more than 46,000 Strikers fans.

PLAYER TO WATCH

 

Travis Head

It hasn't been the most auspicious start to the tournament for the Strikers young gun, but a lack of runs will only serve to motivate Head to perform on the biggest stage. 

Plenty has changed for Trav since his incredible century last year, but in front of a full-house and in front of his home crowd the 23-year old star in the making will be keen to help the Strikers get their BBL|06 campaign back on track. 

 

DANGER MAN

 

Sam Billings

With regular openers Daniel Hughes and Jason Roy out, it was left up to Sam Billings to open the batting against the Scorchers at the SCG. It was an opportunity Billings took with both hands, as he smashed seven boundaries on his way to a game-high 40 from 30-balls. The unorthodox Englishman has every shot in the book and he will be a high-priority wicket for the Strikers on Saturday night.

 

Strikers 13-man squad

1. Ben Dunk (wk)
2. Jake Weatherald
3. Travis Head
4. Brad Hodge (c)
5. Kieron Pollard
6. Jake Lehmann
7. Chris Jordan
8. Michael Neser
9. Ben Laughlin
10. Liam O'Connor
11. Billy Stanlake
12. Jono Dean
13. Tom Andrews

Sixers 13-man squad

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