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Captain confident of Strikers resurgence

29 November 2017

New Adelaide Strikers skipper Travis Head believes his side has all the ingredients to rise back up the Big Bash ladder in KFC BBL|07.

Adelaide reached back-to-back semi-finals in BBL|04 and |05 but stumbled to sixth place last season with just three wins from eight matches.

Head, who was unveiled as the Strikers’ youngest ever captain on Wednesday, said there was a fresh air of excitement surrounding this year’s campaign.

“I think we’ve proven in the past that, if we can get the right mix going and get consistent performances, that we can go all the way,” Head said.

“It hasn’t quite happened in the last couple of years, but I know some of the players we’ve got have been there and done it.”

Catch up with new Strikers skipper Travis Head

South African batsman Colin Ingram, former Australian Test paceman Peter Siddle and Twenty20 spin sensation Rashid Khan are among several new signings to bolster the side this summer.

Head said Adelaide’s new recruits would complement a young Strikers roster which has already shown plenty of promise.

“The players we’ve brought in are high-impact players and match-winners,” Head said.

“There’s plenty of excitement. Colin (Ingram) has been unbelievable in England and can’t wait to get his opportunity in Australia, and we’ve seen what Rashid (Khan) and (Peter) Siddle can do.

“We’ve got guys in form. ‘Weathers’ (batsman Jake Weatherald) had a great game in the last Shield game and is going really well, and Alex Carey’s also going really well.

“I think we mix well and it’s great for the young guys to get an opportunity in front of a big crowd at Adelaide Oval.”

Jason Gillespie will return for his third season in charge as coach of the Adelaide Strikers.

Head said Gillespie, who played 71 Tests for Australia and claimed 259 wickets, knew how to get the best out of his players.

“I played under him before at Yorkshire and then a couple of years here,” Head said.

“He’s a really relaxed character. He lets you go out there and express yourself, and that’s how I like to operate as well.

“I think we work well together and we’re looking forward to the challenges of the Big Bash.”

The Adelaide Strikers begin their BBL|07 campaign at home on 22 December in a Friday night blockbuster against 2015-16 champions Sydney Thunder.

Head said there was nothing better than a packed Adelaide Oval in the summer.

“It’s the best stadium in the world and when it’s full it’s a great place to play, and you always want to do well in front of your home fans,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to getting here to play our home games and hopefully get some runs.”

Fans can still secure Strikeforce memberships online ahead of BBL|07 and WBBL|03.