Jan 21: Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat, Adelaide
Pro Tip: Even though spinners have done reasonably well at Adelaide Oval, both teams are missing their key options in Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. So, go with fewer spinners for this game.
Our XI: Phil Salt, Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall, Wes Agar, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, Mark Steketee, Jack Wildermuth
Substitutes: Matthew Kuhnemann, Joe Denly, Danny Briggs, Jonathan Wells
We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.
Captain: Chris Lynn
Even though he has missed a part of this season because of injury, Lynn has scored 20 or more in his first six games and has accumulated 273 runs at a strike rate of 145.98. He has struggled against the likes of Rashid Khan and Peter Siddle in the past but with them not available for this game, expect him to score big.
Vice-captain: Phil Salt
The 24-year old English opener is having an indifferent tournament so far with 226 runs in 11 games at a strike rate of 129.88. However, his top three scores of 59 (42), 51(31) and 31(22) in BBL10 have all come at Adelaide Oval. Overall, he has scored 342 runs in 13 games at a strike rate of 150 at this venue.
Alex Carey: The Strikers’ skipper tried opening the batting in the last game, but it did not go well for him. If he decides to open the batting, a position in which he has done well in the past averaging 35.61 in 23 games, there are chances to grab more points. He is the second leading run-scorer at this venue with 757 runs in 22 games.
Mark Steketee: One of the leading wicket-takers in the ongoing tournament with 18 strikes in just nine games at an average of 15.94, he is a key player for Heat in this game especially with Mujeeb Ur Rahman not available. He has picked up five wickets in three games at this venue. He has been brilliant in death overs picking up seven wickets at an average of 10.14 this season.
Wes Agar: The highest wicket-taker in this edition of BBL for Strikers, Agar has impressed everyone with his wicket-taking abilities. He has picked up 17 wickets in 11 games at an average of 19.58. He has been especially prolific in the middle overs, with 11 wickets at an average of 14.36. In the five games he played at this venue in BBL10, he has picked up ten wickets.
Jack Wildermuth: Wildermuth is enjoying his best BBL season ever having picked up ten wickets in nine games. He has been striking the ball really well too in a couple of cameos where he scored a 10-ball 22* and 11-ball 31.
Max Bryant: Even though he doesn’t have a 50-plus score this season, Bryant has 243 runs in ten games at a strike rate of 130.64. He is the second-highest run-scorer for Heat behind Lynn.
- Joe Denly can replace Joe Burns
- Jonathan Wells can replace Lewis Gregory.
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