Strikers v Hurricanes
Sunday, 26 January
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide – 6:40pm local
Televised live on Channel Seven, Fox Cricket and Kayo
Radio broadcast via Macquarie and Crocmedia
Head to head
Adelaide Strikers: 8
Hobart Hurricanes: 4
No result: 1
The Strikers claimed victory in Launceston last weekend with captain Travis Head leading from the front with an eye-catching 79 off only 40 deliveries. Adelaide put up 5/186 and denied a spirited Hurricanes fightback, led by South African David Miller’s 90, to win by 10 runs. Strikers paceman Wes Agar claimed personal-best figures of 4/33.
There’s plenty on the line for both sides in the last game of the home and away season. It’s a must-win for Hobart to remain in top-five contention while Adelaide needs the points to skip back ahead of the Sydney Sixers into second spot and earn the double chance for the BBL Finals series.
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Wes Agar’s numbers show he’s one of the most improved young players in the BBL this season. He earned Player of the Match honours for the first time in his Big Bash career in Adelaide’s win over Perth with a three-wicket haul, giving him 11 wickets across his last four BBL outings. Adelaide has an 8-1-1 (win-no result-loss) record this season with Agar in the XI.
Striker to watch – Phil Salt
The young opener is finding form at the business end of the season in a promising sign for the club. Salt arguably hits the ball harder than anyone in the competition and boasts the highest strike rate (158.46) of any Adelaide Striker in BBL|09, such is his aggression at the top of the order.
Danger player – D’Arcy Short
Short didn’t trouble the scorers in Hobart’s most recent win over the Thunder but, incredibly, dominated with the ball to finish with stunning figures of 5/21 in his return to Big Bash action. A player of his quality rarely misses out twice in succession with the bat and Adelaide will need to minimise impact at Adelaide Oval on Sunday evening.
Adelaide Strikers squad
Travis Head (c)
Hobart Hurricanes squad
Matthew Wade (c)