Adelaide Strikers best odds
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This makes them third-favourites, showing plenty of respect for a side who are always well-drilled under Gillespie, have some star quality to them and always work well as a unit.
Over the past six years, they’ve ended the Group Stages in 1st, 1st, 6th, 2nd, 7th and 3rd, proof of their durability over a long season, and the fact they can adapt and have plans in place for when they lose players.
Predicted Group Stage Finish: 3rd
This year’s Adelaide Strikers betting predictions
It’s early days yet and with Big Bash teams yet to finalise their rosters, it’s a bit too soon to give you our expert betting predictions.
But keep an eye on this page and you’ll find predictions for all Adelaide Strikers game during the Big Bash League.
You’ll even find some other useful betting tips for the Adelaide Strikers too!
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Adelaide Strikers performance 2019-20
The Strikers put in a strong performance in the Group Stages last season, winning eight, losing five and like a lot of teams last campaign, having a no result in there, as well.
It meant they finished third in the table and had they won one more game, it would have been second instead and two attempts at making the final.
In the Knockout match against the Sydney Thunder- the winner had the right to play the Stars for a place in the final- they had a modest-looking 152 to chase but just couldn’t get over the line.
Star duo Alex Carey (28) and Travis Head (32) put them in a strong position but their middle and lower order fell apart, with just one player in the bottom six getting to double figures and they ended up losing by 8 runs, made all the worse by the fact that they were at home in that game.
With the bat Jonno Wells and Jake Weatherald both got past 400 runs for the season, while Rashid Khan and Peter Siddle each took 19 wickets at economy rates of just 7.15 and 7.18 respectively. Englishman Phil Salt also impressed with the bat with a sky-high strike rate of 164; he scored four fifties in 15 innings.
Adelaide Strikers facts
- In the old version of the Big Bash, they were known as the Southern Redbacks.
- Their blue kit is a result of their sponsorship deal with a brewery called West End.
- Coach Jason Gillespie is the eighth-highest wicket-taker for Australia in Test matches, with 259 wickets in 71 matches.
- Their top wicket-taker ever is Ben Laughlin with 60. Laughlin is also the overall highest wicket-taker in the Big Bash.
- Only side along with the Hurricanes never to have finished bottom of the Group Stages.
- Travis Head is the only Adelaide Strikers batsman to have reached 1000 runs for the franchise; he has 1051.
Adelaide Strikers 2020-21 players
Overseas players in bold
Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Danny Briggs, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Rashid Khan, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Daniel Worrall, Jon Wells, Cameron White, Daniel Worrall
Captain: Alex Carey
In truth, the actual Strikers captain is Travis Head, but he’ll miss the vast majority of the season on Test match duties so may at best just feature in the Playoff matches, should they make it that far.
So it’s wicket-keeper batsman Carey taking over and he’s a real class act, though admittedly the last year or so hasn’t been great for him. He lost the ODI vice-captaincy to Pat Cummins, lost his place in the Australia T20 side to Matthew Wade and only played a couple of games for Delhi in the IPL.
But that’s even more reason to remind everyone what he’s all about. With good options at the top of the order, expect him to bat at three or four while he also has a big role to play with the gloves and as the team’s skipper. May however miss the first game of the season while he’s playing for Australia A.
There was speculation a few weeks ago that he might be moving to another BBL club but instead he signed a new four-year deal at the Strikers.
Key Player: Rashid Khan
This one is a no-brainer. Rashid Khan, who made our Top 5 greatest Big Bash players ever list, is already right up there as one of T20’s best-ever bowlers. No wonder he was first pick in The Hundred draft, no wonder neither the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL nor the Strikers in the BBL want to let go of him. They keep asking him back year after year.
His spinning, fizzing, biting leg spin has tormented batsmen all over the world and his career economy rate (6.26) is almost unheard of for this format. Many a match is won or lost based on how well the opposition deal with his four overs of spin.
This is his fourth season at the franchise so he knows it well and enjoys playing here. If there’s one criticism to be made of Khan is that he should score more runs for a player of his batting ability. He could yet become a proper all-rounder.
Game-changer: Phil Salt
Like Tom Banton at the Brisbane Heat, Salt is a young English opening batsman who has no fear. No fear of trying to hit the first ball for six, no fear of getting out as long as you get out attacking.
His career strike rate of 157 is right up there with the highest in the world and it shows that you don’t need Salt to be at the crease for very long to have a huge impact on a game.
But there’s still room for improvement. Sometimes he needs to reel himself in a bit when the situation calls for it rather than always go all-out attack. If he can do that without his strike rate falling too much, he can become one of the world’s best.
Adelaide Strikers BBL 2020-21 analysis
The Strikers’ biggest enemy this Big Bash could be the international fixture list.
It will deprive them of skipper and ace batsman Travis Head on Test duties and Alex Carey for at least one match while he turns out for Australia A. But there may be even worse news.
Afghanistan have scheduled an ODI Series for mid to late January and Rashid Khan will be expected to play. Not only will he miss BBL matches during the actual Series but he’ll need to report for international duty beforehand and will need to quarantine on arrival back in Australia afterwards, which would make a return for the Playoffs near-on impossible. Watch this space.
It would be a huge shame because as ever, they have a good squad capable of going far. But Khan is such an important player that their whole season could be ruined by his absence.
Khan and Peter Siddle are completely different sorts of bowlers but they end up doing the same thing: they take lots of wickets and keep that economy rate down. With two such great bowlers bowling four overs each, it means batsmen have to take chances against the other ones. If English important Danny Briggs finds his feet in the Bash, that could be three top-class bowlers in their ranks.
Last season, five different players scored fifties, a good sign that there are plenty of very capable batsmen in the side.
There’s a slight danger they could be a bit weak in the middle-order with the bat. A Top 4 of Salt, Weatherald, Carey and Wells is strong but then it’s Matt Short, Michael, Neser and the unpredictable Khan to come. If they don’t score runs up top, they could struggle.
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