The Adelaide Strikers were a curious case in BBL|04, winning all but one of their home and away matches (to finish first) before being bundled out in the first final.
They lose three regulars to their bowling attack from last season, captain Johan Botha (Sixers), Shaun Tait (Hobart) and Adam Zampa (Stars). Covering the loss of these guys who combined for 24 wickets will be vital to their title run.
PLAYERS TO PICK
Ben Laughlin – $82,500
You know what you’re going to get if you select paceman Ben Laughlin, who is the leading wicket-taker in BBL history, with 48 across four tournaments. He’s one of the most consistent to deliver and will always find himself in the Strikers best XI.
Billy Stanlake – $20,000
Queenslander Stanlake is a fantastic acquisition for the Strikers after his recent emergence for the Bulls. The tall quick impressed in the Matador Cup and looks a good chance to be in the starting XI. At that price he’s surely worth a bench spot.
Adil Rashid – $87,600
England’s newest test cricketer is a lively leggie who comes in to replace Adam Zampa. It won’t be Rashid’s first time in Australia, he represented South Australia in the Twenty20 competition before the BBL began, taking 10 wickets and helping the Redbacks to their first Twenty20 title. Also more than handy with the bat for some lower order runs.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alex Ross – $31,100
Little known South Aussie Alex Ross is one of the form batsmen in the country at the moment. Knocks of 88* and 97* almost single-handled won his side games in the Matador Cup, and he’s continued with 237 at 118.5 in the Sheffield Shield so far this season.
Watch him to see if he can secure a spot in the Strikers’ top four.
Craig Simmons – $60,800
The only man with two BBL centuries is worth a look, especially considering his spin has come along and was used quite often last season. Almost guaranteed to open the innings, Simmons got double figures in all but one match last BBL.
Jon Holland – $42,100
Wily Victorian spinner Jon Holland finished third on the Matador Cup wicket-takers list with 14 after a stellar tournament. His strike rate and economy rate were excellent, and it remains to be seen if this form can be translated into twenty20 results. Certainly worth considering however.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Kieron Pollard – $30,000
No point picking the explosive Pollard as he’s been ruled out of the BBL with a knee injury. His replacement is yet to be named but for the meantime don’t bother trying to fit him in.