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Preview: Strikers v Hurricanes

25 January 2020

Strikers opener Phil Salt

The Adelaide Strikers host the first ever Australia Day Big Bash match against the Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval as part of the club’s SA Bushfire Appeal.

Strikers v Hurricanes
Sunday, 26 January
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide – 6:40pm local

Broadcast details
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

Highlights from our last clash with the 'Canes

Last time
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.

Talking point
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.

Stat attack
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.

Salt hammers third BBL half-century

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.

The best fans in the BBL

Adelaide Strikers squad
Travis Head (c)
Wes Agar
Alex Carey
Harry Conway
Rashid Khan
Michael Neser
Liam O’Connor
Phil Salt
Matt Short
Peter Siddle
Billy Stanlake
Jake Weatherald
Jon Wells

Hobart Hurricanes squad
Matthew Wade (c)
Qais Ahmad
George Bailey
Scott Boland
Jake Doran
Nathan Ellis
James Faulkner
Ben McDermott
David Miller
Tom Rogers
Clive Rose
D'Arcy Short
Mac Wright