Last time they met
When the Strikers and Heat faced off earlier in the season, it was a nail-biting finish if ever there was one. Contributions from Matt Renshaw and Jon Wells set the Strikers a defendable 150 before the bowling attack cleared through Brisbane's top order. With hope looking all but lost for the Heat, Jimmy Peirson stepped up, pushing the game to the final over. Requiring six from the last ball to send the match to a super over, Brisbane were denied their happy homecoming with the Strikers victorious by two runs.
The head-to-head record between these two might be tight but the current BBL ladder is tighter. After 11 games, only four points separate second and seventh position and with a finals berth still well within reach there are two names every Adelaide fan has been waiting to hear.
Travis Head and Michael Neser will make their long awaited return (subject to negative COVID tests) after being formally released from their Test duties, and look to line up in the do-or-die clash in front of their home crowd. Bringing over 100 games of experience in blue, the dynamic duo know a thing or two about winning big matches and with the top five still anyone's game, there aren't too many hit-outs bigger than this one.
The Strikers and Heat currently sit on an identical number of runs for BBL|10 (1626), and while they might not be able to be split with the bat, it's a different story in the field. The Strikers sit atop the table for catches taken (56) and in lucky last place for catches dropped (8); the Brisbane locals on the other hand top that leader board, with 16 missed chances so far this season.
Striker to watch - Travis Head
When it comes to stars of the BBL, they don't come much bigger than Travis Head. The club's third-highest runscorer with 1279 runs under his belt, Strikers fans are well aware of what the left-hander is capable of. Subject to a negative COVID test, the captain looks set to make his return to Adelaide Oval - a ground that he knows better than most. With a top five finish on the line, the Strikers skipper will be desperate to see his side into the Playoffs for a second season running.
Danger player - Mark Steketee
The Heat’s leading wicket-taker and currently one of the competitions most dangerous bowlers, Steketee is hitting his straps at the right time of the season. With 18 wickets under his belt, the paceman will be looking to get on top of the Strikers early.
Where to watch
Watch live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo from 6:45pm ACDT.
Tickets are available via Ticketek and must be pre-purchased prior to arrival.
Adelaide Strikers squad:
Travis Head (c)
Brisbane Heat squad: