In the absence of their regular captain Alex Carey, Adelaide Strikers won their last match against Brisbane Heat. The wicketkeeper-batsman is likely to feature in their fifth match against Perth Scorchers on Monday (December 28) at Adelaide Oval.
With two wins out of four matches, Adelaide Strikers are at the number five position in the points table. In their last match, they were almost on the road to lose the match. But Daniel Worral bowled an amazing last over and guided his team to two runs win.
Here, let’s take a look at how Adelaide Strikers playing XI might shape in against Perth Scorchers:
Salt, who scored 6 and 8 runs in the first two matches, was in good form against Sydney Sixers. He went berserk from the ball one but unfortunately gave away his wicket to Dan Christian. He struck five fours and one six in his 16-ball 28 runs.
But in the last match, the 24-year-old was struggling to get the ball on his bat. After consuming 28 balls, he scored 24 runs. Adelaide Strikers will want the youngster to settle himself to play big knock.
Jake Weatherald, who scored unbeaten 68 runs against Hurricanes, was out for 27 and one runs in the last two matches. Both the openers have not been consistent to dominate from the start of the game which is a cause of concern for Adelaide Strikers. He will look to get runs on board because the middle-order can not always make amends.
After scoring two and six runs, Matt Renshaw amassed 32 runs to give stability after the early loss of Jack Weatherland against Brisbane Heat. His slow knock, however, could not help in Adelaide Striker’s cause because he was not productive in the powerplay.
Adelaide Strikers will want him to play freely but a mature knock against Perth Scorchers.
Alex Carey is likely to play this match after missing the last match because Queensland had closed the border to people who had travelled to Sydney. The wicketkeeper-batsman had played warm-up games against India in Sydney. But as the player hasn’t developed any COVID-19 symptoms, he will be playing against Perth Scorchers.
Harry Nielson will be benched who was keeping in place of Carey.
Jonathan Wells was out for duck and eight in the first two matches. Against Sydney Sixers, he consumed 38 balls but scored just 36 runs that too he remained unbeaten. His long stay in the field can not provide any benefit to Adelaide Strikers. In the last match, he played a bit aggressive knock, scoring 31 runs off 26 balls.
Short has also not lived up to the expectation. The right-hand batsman was out for a duck against Hobart Hurricanes when Adelaide Striker met them a second time.
The spin bowling all-rounder had a couple of times the opportunity to be the match-winner but he has given away his wicket cheaply. Although he has not been given much opportunity to the ball, he has not been much effective with his part-time bowling.
Liam Scott made his debut in Big Bash League with Adelaide Strikers against Sydney Sixers. In his maiden match, the all-rounder could not guide his team with the bat. He was out after amassing 10 runs while he bowled two overs and gave away 28 runs, proving to be too expensive. As it was the first match for him, Strikers will offer him more chances
The prodigal Afghan spinner hasn’t been seen in his best form this season. Moreover, he also injured his hamstring during the last game which has increased his scare of ruling out albeit Adelaide Strikers hasn’t taken any call. The Afghan bowler will look to bounce back stronger against Perth Scorchers if he gets the chance.
Daniel Worrall was bowling gas in the last match against Brisbane Heat. He got the wicket of the opener and bowled tight spells to put pressure on them. The stand-in captain Peter Siddle gave him the last over to the ball and he defended the total. His excellent bowling spell led Strikers’ to victory by two runs. He will continue his good form against Perth Scorchers in Adelaide.
Siddle, who registered a five-wicket haul against Hobart Hurricanes, was thrashed by Brisbane Heat’s captain. He went on to give away 41 runs in his four overs although picked two wickets of lower-order batsmen. The veteran will want to redeem against Heat on Monday’s match
As Alex Carey has returned to the squad, he will be not captaining the side.
Wes Agar has been a vital cog for Adelaide Strikers in the bowling department. In the first two matches, he was economical, registering an acceptable economic rate of over seven while he also gave breakthroughs.
In the last match against Adelaide Strikers, he controlled the run rate when other bowlers were giving away runs easily.