Adelaide Strikers has got a massive blow as their captain Alex Carey, who is also their batting mainstay, will not feature in their upcoming match against Brisbane Heat on Wednesday (December 23) in Brisbane.
The reason being the outbreak of the coronavirus in Sydney. Alex Carey was the part of Australia A team, who played against India in the warm-up matches in Sydney. And, Queensland has closed the border shut at 1 am on Monday morning to anyone who had been in Sydney since December 11 due to the Northern Beaches COVID-19 outbreak.
After playing against Sydney Sixers in Hobart on Sunday, Carey travelled to Adelaide instead of flying with his team to Brisbane As a result, Carey will now be available to play against Perth Scorchers on December 28 in Adelaide.
Apart from Alex Carey, his teammate Harry Conway, who has played for Australia A, will also not feature against Brisbane Heat although he didn’t get the spot in the playing XI in the last three matches as well.
Here, let’s take a look at how Adelaide Strikers’ playing XI might shape in:
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.
The 24-year-old has found his rhythm which he was missing in the first two matches but he will now look to stay longer in the field against Brisbane Heats.
Jake Weatherald, who scored unbeaten 68 runs against Hurricanes, was out for 27 runs. He lost his wicket after setting a 50-run partnership with Phil Salt. With Alex Carey missing from the squad, he has the responsibility to set a good base for them.
After scoring 33 runs, Matt Renshaw has been out for two and six runs respectively in the last two matches. He hasn’t been able to perform under pressure.
Adelaide Strikers will want him to play freely but a mature knock against Brisbane Heat.
Nielson had kept during the first match against Hobart Hurricanes when Alex Carey was busy playing for Australia A. And again in his absence, Nielson is likely to be the wicketkeeper-batsman. He will look to capitalize on the golden opportunity.
Jonathan Wells was out for duck and eight in the first two matches. In the last match 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.
Short has 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. In the last match, Matthew Short has the opportunity to be the match-winner but he gave away his wicket after facing six balls and scoring three runs.
Liam Scott made his debut in Big Bash League with Adelaide Strikers last match 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 went expensive in the last match which also amazed him as it was seen in the field. He gave away 34 runs in his four overs. Daniel Christain got better off him as he struck him for a couple of sixes. The spinner was also injured during batting although there is no major injury scare for him.
The Afghan bowler will look to bounce back stronger against Brisbane Heat to take the game home.
Daniel Worrall was bowling gas in Hobart as he gave away only 12 runs in his four overs. He send back both the openers of Strikers- Josh Philippe and Jack Edwards within seven over of the game. Worrall troubled Philippe and at the end, the batsman gave away his wicket. He will continue his good form against Brisban Heat
Peter Siddle (c):
Siddle, who registered a five-wicket haul against Hobart Hurricanes, went wicketless in the last match which was a main cause that Strikers could put up a fighting total on the board. The veteran will want to redeem against Heat on Wednesday.
As Alex Carey will be missing, he is likely to captain Adelaide Striker.
Wes Agar was badly beaten on Sunday’s match. Although he picked two crucial wickets of Jordan Silk and Daniel Christian, he gave away 47 runs in his four overs quota. In the first two matches, he was economical, registering an acceptable economic rate of over seven while he also gave breakthroughs. The pacer needs to bounce back stronger on Wednesday to seal the deal for Adelaide Strikers.