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BBL|10 Preview: Strikers v Thunder

23 January 2021

The Adelaide Strikers will finish the regular season with back-to-back clashes with the Sydney Thunder.

Head-to-head

 

Strikers: 6

 

Thunder: 6

 

No result: 2

 

Last time they met

 

The Sydney Thunder were responsible for finishing the Strikers season when these two met in last year's Knockout Final. The Thunder were victorious by eight runs on a wet and woeful Adelaide night, securing their place in the next round while the Strikers were eliminated from BBL|09. 

 

Talking point

 

If there are two teams who will be riding high at the moment, it’s the Strikers and Thunder. The Strikers set the Adelaide Oval alight on Thursday night, thumping the Heat by 82 runs, while the Thunder knocked over their cross-town rivals, the Sixers, setting a new BBL high score in the process. Alex Carey starred for Adelaide, picking up the first century of the tournament, before the Thunder’s Alex Hales coincidently achieved the same feat 24 hours later.

 

With just two games remaining and the competition showing no signs of easing up, a four-point win is now more important than ever. The weather is heating up and with two sides in red hot form, there is sure to be a storm brewing at Adelaide Oval. 

 


 

Stat attack

 

Alex Carey’s outstanding century on Thursday night puts him in exclusive company, joining just five other players in BBL history to achieve multiple tons. D’Arcy Short, Usman Khawaja, Luke Wright, Aaron Finch and Craig Simmons have also completed the double, with Carey now the first Striker to join that list. 

 

Striker to watch – Michael Neser 

 

The Strikers were boosted by the return of Test players, Michael Neser and Travis Head ahead of their last game, and Neser wasted no time getting involved in his first match back in blue. Picking up a wicket and taking arguably the best catch of the season, the 30-year-old made his Adelaide Oval homecoming in style.

 

 

Danger player – Alex Hales 

 

The Thunder’s leading runscorer this season, Alex Hales has one of the best strike rates in the competition at the moment. The Englishman’s century on Friday night put him back at the top of the tournament leaderboard, smacking eight sixes in his innings and leading the Thunder to their highest BBL score to date. 

 

Where to watch

 

Watch live on Fox Cricket and Kayo from 3:35pm ACDT on Sunday, and on Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo from 6:45pm ACDT on Monday. 

 

Tickets

 

Tickets are available via Ticketek and must be pre-purchased prior to arrival. 

 

Adelaide Strikers squad:

Travis Head (c)
Alex Carey
Wes Agar
Danny Briggs 
Harry Conway
Ryan Gibson
Michael Neser
Harry Nielsen
Liam O’Connor
Spencer Johnson
Matt Renshaw
Phil Salt
Liam Scott
Matt Short
Peter Siddle
Cameron Valente
Jake Weatherald
Jon Wells
Daniel Worrall 

Sydney Thunder squad: 

 

TBC.