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Bulldozer 'comfortable' if call comes

08 January 2018

South African import Colin Ingram says he’d feel ‘comfortable’ if asked to take on the Strikers’ captaincy in the absence of current skipper Travis Head.

Ingram, 32, has a wealth of leadership experience having led the Chevrolet Warriors in South Africa for several seasons and will captain Glamorgan in this year’s English one-day domestic competition.

Head, serving in his first season as Strikers skipper, will likely play his final match of BBL|07 on Tuesday night before joining Australia’s ODI squad for the upcoming series against England later this month. The left-hander is also a strong chance to feature in the T20I series in February.

“Dizzy (Strikers coach Jason Gillespie) has spoken to me about it”, Ingram said of the captaincy.

“It’s a role I’ve been comfortable with in various teams that I have played in, so it wouldn’t be an issue at all.”

Colin Ingram ahead of Adelaide's clash with the Stars

Ingram has top-scored for the Strikers in Adelaide’s past two games, including a match-high 48 runs from just 31 balls in Sunday night’s win over the Sydney Thunder.

The man known as ‘The Bulldozer’ is now Adelaide’s leading runscorer in BBL|07 with 167 at a strike rate of 131.49 and 21 boundaries.

Fellow international import Rashid Khan also continues to amaze fans, competitors and teammates alike.

The Afghan leg-spinner produced a man-of-the-match performance against the Thunder with an entertaining show with both bat and ball, including an unconventional attempt at a ramp shot to begin his innings at the crease.

“I think my sister sent me a message saying something like if she was the coach of his batting she would hire and fire him within 10 balls,” Ingram laughed.

“He’s a character and has really fitted in well with the side so far. He’s great value and he’s added with the bat as well.

“I’ve watched him go around the world and wherever he goes people really struggle to read him.

“He’s stayed quite humble since the start of the tournament and keeps putting in good performances.”

A finalist in every Big Bash tournament to date, the Stars have struggled so far in BBL|07 and are bottom of the league ladder without a win from four outings.

But the Stars’ squad remains one of the most talented lineups on paper boasting several match-winners including Keven Pietersen, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.

“You’re always wary playing against a side with that many quality players when they haven’t had a win,” Ingram said.

“We’ve got to get right up for it tomorrow and make sure we hit our straps early and get stuck in.”