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'The Eliminator' Preview: Heat v Strikers

28 January 2021

Travis Head is looking in ominous touch

It’s all or nothing cricket at the Gabba on Friday night, with the Strikers taking on the Heat in 'The Eliminator' for the right to proceed to face Sydney Thunder in 'The Knockout'.

Head-to-head

 

Strikers: 8

 

Heat: 5

 

Last time they met

 

The Strikers have performed strongly against the Heat in KFC BBL|10, claiming victories in both clashes this season. On 21 January, Adelaide rode a remarkable innings from Alex Carey (101 from 62) to defeat Brisbane by 82 runs at Adelaide Oval. Wes Agar and Peter Siddle were the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 4/27 and 3/13 respectively. The Strikers also emerged victorious when the two sides faced off at the Gabba, back on 23 December. That night the margin was just two runs, with Danny Briggs, Rashid Khan and Peter Siddle dragging Adelaide across the line.

 

Talking point


South Australian champions Jason Gillespie and Darren Lehmann have been in countless battles through the years, but usually they are on the same side. Tomorrow night, the two coaches will face off in a battle that will see one team eliminated while the other lives to fight another day. Gillespie has the head to head advantage as a coach over his long-time teammate, but history will count for nothing once the first ball is bowled at the Gabba. Strikers batsman Ryan Gibson is also in a race against time to prove his fitness, after a hamstring complaint kept him from fielding against Sydney Thunder on Monday night.

 

Stat attack

 

Two of the competition’s best bowlers will face off in this fixture, with both Wes Agar and Mark Steketee named in the official BBL|10 Team of the Tournament. For the Strikers, Agar has taken 21 wickets at an average of 20.33, with best bowling figures of 4/27. Steketee has 22 wickets to his name, an average of 21.18 and best figures of 4/33. The contributions of these two pace spearheads will go a long way to deciding this contest.

 

Striker to watch – Travis Head 

 

The Strikers skipper has only recently returned from international duty and he looks set to fire. A big game player, Head will be desperate to perform on the Finals stage for his side and his performances with the bat in the past week have hinted that the explosive left-hander is ready to launch. Travis has also shown his value with ball in hand since returning, bowling several critical overs for the Strikers.

 

Danger player – Marnus Labuschagne 

 

Also joining the tournament following the Test series, Labuschagne has already had an impact with bat, ball and in the field for the Heat. With Brisbane’s season on the line against Perth on Tuesday, Marnus scored 46 in quick time before taking three wickets with his leg-spinners to guide his team into the playoffs. He also took two crucial wickets against the Strikers a week ago, sending Travis Head and Jake Weatherald back to the dugout.

 

Where to watch

 

Watch live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo from 6.45pm ACDT. The winner will progress to 'The Knockout' against Sydney Thunder on Sunday, at Canberra's Manuka Oval.

  

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 

Brisbane Heat squad: 

 

Xavier Bartlett
James Bazley
Joe Burns
Max Bryant
Tom Cooper
Joe Denly
Lewis Gregory
Sam Heazlett
Matthew Kuhnemann
Marnus Labuschagne
Ben Laughlin
Chris Lynn (c)
Morne Morkel
Lachy Pfeffer
Jimmy Peirson
Mark Steketee
Mitch Swepson
Jack Wildermuth