Team: Adelaide Strikers
Availability: Full tournament
Role: Opener, doesn’t bowl
Played BBL before: No
Played IPL before: No
In a nutshell:
An explosive opening batsman, Salt is more likely to score a 50 in the powerplay than a 100 in the full 20. His career strike rate is a very impressive 154 and while his overall scores are pretty modest, his numbers from the most recent edition of England’s T20 competition were pretty good. Has played at Sussex with teammates Alex Carey and Rashid Khan and under the same coach, Jason Gillespie.
England Vitality Blast 2019 (Aug-Sep): 406 runs @ 36.9, strike rate 161
Pakistan Super League 2019 (Mar): 94 runs @ 15.7, strike rate 129
At 24 hours notice, Salt was flown into the Caribbean as JP Duminy’s injury replacement for the final of the CPL. He batted at No.3 and made a duck but his new side the Barbados Tridents lifted the cup and Salt tasted his first piece of T20 silverware.
“We are incredibly excited to have signed Phil who has showed real signs of promise and has performed well for the Sharks in the Blast,” said Strikers and Sussex coach Jason Gillespie.
“He’s beyond excited to get started, obviously we have (Alex) Carey over here in England and Phil has been chatting to him non-stop about how it’s going to work, when he can come out to Adelaide and meet everyone and get stuck in.”