Adelaide Strikers have so far played only two matches that too both against Hobart Hurricanes. Out of which, they lost against them in the first meeting while registered a comfortable victory on the second occasion.
Peter Siddle was the main architect with the bowl to halt Hurricanes at below par 146 runs target. While chasing, Jack Weatherald guided them to victory.
On Sunday, Adelaide Strikers will hope for an overall contribution against Sydney Sixers, who are also coming off a victory. This will be the 11th match of the BBL 2020-21 and will be hosted on Hobart.
Here, let’s take a look at Adelaide Strikers playing XI for the fixture
The England right-hand batsman Phil Salt hasn’t been able to give a good start to Adelaide Striker. In the last two matches, he has scored eight and six runs respectively. But he is likely to be retained and will be given one or more chances to prove his case.
Jake Weatherald bounced back stronger after being out for one in the first match. He went on to score unbeaten 68 runs at the strike rate of 141.67. He struck four fours and as many sixes to take the game home. After the early fall of his opening partner, the pressure might be on him but he played a gritty knock. He will like to play a similar knock against Sydney Sixers.
Matt Renshaw has also not stood up to the expectations in the last two matches. He has scored 33 and two respectively. He is playing the first season for Adelaide Strikers and the 24-year-old need to prove his mettle otherwise the franchise will look to drop him.
Alex Carey has carried its good form from practice matches for Australia A to the Big Bash League. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored a half-century before giving away his wicket to Boland. He set up a match-winning partnership with Jake to chase down a below-par target. His good form is surely a big positive for the side.
Jonathan Wells, who has been playing for Adelaide Striker since 2017, has been out for duck and eight runs respectively in the last two matches against Hobart Hurricanes respectively. Being an experienced player of BBL, the team will hope for him to play sensible knocks and guide them to victories in the coming matches.
It would be early to judge Matthew Short’s form because he played the first match of the BBL when Adelaide Striker meet Hobart Hurricanes for the second time. He was out for a duck while bowled only one over but gave away eight runs. The 25-year-old will look to bounce back stronger in Hobart.
Ryan Gibson is playing the first season for Adelaide Strikers but hasn’t been impressive. In Hobart, he had the chance to be the hero for Strikers but he could not capitalize on the opportunity and lost his wicket for seven runs. In the second match, he didn’t get much chance to face the ball as he remained unbeaten and scored just a mere run to take the game home. Although the season has only started, the 26-year-old had to get the runs to maintain his spot.
Rashid Khan, who is the biggest showman of the BBL, has picked only two wickets in the two matches although he has maintained his economy rate. The best spinner of the contemporary world has the calibre to do more destruction and thus, he will look to get the wickets early for his side. Apart from bowling, he is also a great asset in batting.
Daniel Worrall registered economical figure in the last win of Adelaide Striker. In his four overs quota, he notched one wicket and registered the economy rate of 5.25. The fast bowler will look to continue his form this season to get his place back in the national team.
As it is said, the older the wine, the better it gets. The same goes with former Australian pacer Peter Siddle. He dismantled Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston. He added a five-wicket haul in his tally and bowled at the economy rate of 4.57 to seal the deal for Adelaide Strikers.
In Launceston, Wes Agar picked two crucial wickets of Colin Ingram and Peter Handscomb in his four overs quota. He conceded 28 runs in his four overs quota. In Hobart as well, he picked two wickets and was economical. The young pacer has been impressive so far and will want to bag more wickets in the coming matches.