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Head home for Stars clash

10 January 2019

Adelaide Strikers captain Travis Head is back to lead his side for the first time this season against the Melbourne Stars on Friday night.

Head will lead his side for the first time in KFC BBL|08 after returning from Australia’s Domain Test Series against India.

The lethal left-hander last contributed a crucial 140-run partnership with Jake Weatherald which helped bring his side their maiden Big Bash title at Adelaide Oval.

Head will be available for the next two matches before he prepares for Australia’s Test Series against Sri Lanka, the second being Sunday’s match against the Sydney Thunder at Spotless Stadium.

Strikers stalwart Head could become the first Striker to reach 1,000 BBL runs on Friday, with 988 currently to his name.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Harry Nielsen will take the gloves in place of Alex Carey, who was last month signed as a local replacement player. Nielsen debuted for the Strikers in their thrilling semi-final win against the Melbourne Renegades last season.

Ben Laughlin has also been recalled after he had hamstring soreness which ruled him out of Sunday night’s game against the Sydney Sixers.

Australian vice-captain Carey, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake are currently unavailable for selection due to their involvement in the Gillette One-Day International Series against India starting Saturday.

Tomorrow's clash at Adelaide Oval begins at 6:30pm (local), and will be broadcast on Fox Cricket.

BBL squad v Melbourne Stars
Travis Head (c)

Wes Agar

Colin Ingram

Rashid Khan

Ben Laughlin

Jake Lehmann

Michael Neser

Harry Nielsen (wk)

Liam O’Connor

Matt Short

Cameron Valente

Jake Weatherald

Jon Wells


In: Travis Head, Ben Laughlin, Harry Nielsen
Out: Alex Carey, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake (Australian duties).