1. Defending the title
Last season’s championship triumph was a historic moment for the club and South Australian cricket. But it’s always a huge challenge to go back-to-back. The Perth Scorchers are the only club with multiple BBL titles and managed consecutive championships in BBL|03 and BBL|04. As always, it’s one game at a time, but the Strikers have already re-signed the majority of last season’s squad and will be determined to contend once again.
2. The return of big-name internationals
The Strikers struck gold with two new international signings last summer in star leg-spinner Rashid Khan and big-hitting South African Colin Ingram. Rashid quickly became a cult hero of the competition with his incredible skill and flair, while Ingram stepped up as interim captain and proved his power, putting in several key innings for the Strikers on the road to finals. Both players will be back in blue in BBL|08.
3. Building on the success of WBBL|03
Adelaide’s WBBL team reached new heights last summer under the guidance of captain Suzie Bates and qualified for WBBL finals for the first time. The Strikers boast a young, exciting squad but have added valuable experience by signing English spinner Danielle Hazell. Bridget Patterson and Tahlia McGrath have shown impressive early form for South Australia in the Women’s National Cricket League, notching maiden centuries, and the side is poised to continue its improvement in the fourth WBBL season.
4. More home matches at Adelaide Oval
There’s no better stadium in the country, or even the world, to enjoy cricket than at Adelaide Oval. BBL|08 will mark the first full home and away season in the competition’s history, meaning there’s even more opportunity to get your Big Bash fix this season. There will be six home BBL games at Adelaide Oval this summer including the iconic New Year’s Eve blockbuster, which always delivers one of the biggest events of the tournament. Strike Force memberships and Big Bash tickets are available now.
5. A squad with international credentials
It’s a sign of the quality in the Strikers squad that several players remain in the frame for national duties with Australia. Captain Travis Head made his Test debut in the UAE against Pakistan alongside Strikers teammate Peter Siddle, who bowled brilliantly in BBL|07 and returned to the Test arena for the first time in almost two years. Alex Carey, Michael Neser, Billy Stanlake and Ben Laughlin all have international experience, as do WBBL stars Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington and Tahlia McGrath. Fans can expect to see quality cricket from world-class players every time they tune in to a Strikers match.