Adelaide Strikers preview

IN

Johan Botha (South Africa)

Phil Hughes (Sydney Thunder)

Tim Ludeman (South Australia)

Shaun Tait (Renegades)

Andrew McDonald (Renegades)

Nathan Reardon (Renegades)

 

 

OUT

James Muirhead (Melbourne Renegades)

Daniel Harris (Melbourne Renegades)

Aiden Blizzard (Hobart Hurricanes)

Cameron Borgas (Sydney Thunder)

Aaron O’Brien (Melbourne Renegades)

Brendan Drew (Melbourne Renegades)

 

Delisted

Alfonso Thomas (South Africa/Perth Scorchers)

James Franklin (New Zealand)

Adam Crossthwiate

Lee Carseldine

Bryce McGain

 

 

THE PLAYERS

 

Johan Botha – Where to start? Why Botha? Why? WHY?? WHYYYY?????  And why the fu&k is he captain?? Convicted chucka, South African and a prick to boot. What‘s he going to teach them – how to choke in a tournament? F&CK OFF!

 

Michael Klinger –  Should be skipper. Batsmen who is a quality first class player and has been right up with the likes of Bob Quiney as lower profile players pushing for higher honours through sheer volume of domestic runs. Look for him to bat top3. Loves a good crossword whilst on the team bus.

 

Callum Ferguson –  batsmen who had a good run n the national ODI team in 2009 until he injured his knee. Looks all class but never really seems to have pled up big numbers season after season and surprisingly only has 8 first class tons. Look for him to miss a game with a freak injury after he had to have surgery on his testicles after a backyard cricket match and missed games on BBL|01. Bizzare!

 

Tim Ludeman – gloveman having his first crack at the Bash after Xthwaite was preferred keeper in season 1. Batting has been greatly improved this season with a couple of half centuries and his keeping, as always, has been of the highest standard.  A recent leg side stumping  standing up to Dan Christian was simply outstanding.

 

Keiron Pollard – turned up a couple of days before Bash 1 and at his first training session allegedly hurt his hammy so bad he was immediately ruled out for the whole tournament – 6 weeks! Who was running that training session, The Weapon?? Suspicious as that seems it appears there have been no long lasting issues between franchise and franchise player as K-Pol has returned. The only tricky issue Pollard will have to negotiate this year will be how he makes up for a season of disappointment for the Fox Sports boundary riders.

 

Theo Doropolous – profilic tweeter. Can also play cricket a bit but may actually be better at tweeting. Has been on the fringe of a number of state teams over the journey: WA, Victoria and now SA. Not likely to be a first choice player other he does offer abilities in all 3 facets of the game: batting bowling and fielding. Fun Fact: first Greek player to play first class cricket.

 

Phil Hughes – looks to have refound his run scoring mojo with a remodelled technique. Scored a mountain of runs in county cricket for Worcester in the northern summer, particularly in 40 over and 20 over cricket. His shift to South Australia has produced some good shield knocks including 150 in his last knock and his maiden Australian domestic one day hundred. Look out for him to make a Big impression in this Bash opening for the Strikers.

 

Gary Putland – this man has ice in his veins!! Can bowl a mean final over – witness the final over of last years Ryobi Cup final where he restricted Tasmania to 4 runs when they needed 5 to win.

Left arm seamer who has certainly had some injuries over the journey but is in fine fettle at the moment having just destroyed the Vics at the G in the recent shield match. Look for him to close out Strikers games and get on Twitter and check out #garyputlandfacts  – he makes Chuck Norris & Mike Hussey look like big girl’s blouses’. Expect a few more #garyputlandfacts during BBL|02 – mainly from @theodrop13

 

Shaun Tait – right arm erratic. If there was an award for making Mitchell Johnson looking like a line and length bowler then ‘Wild Thing’ would have won it several times over. Oscillated between ordinary to down right sh1t for the Renegades last year. Maybe he will find the home comforts of returning to Adelaide more to his liking – for the Strikers sake I hope so but I fear Tait’s best is behind him.

 

Andrew McDonald – All rounder of highest quality and captained the Renegades n BBL|01. Out for the season after surgery to reattach a hammy. Big loss and won’t play at all but still listed on the Strikers website.

 

James Smith –  batsmen. Fun Fact: once ran a marathon in 3hours in full cricket gear – pads, helmet, etc. Also brings a lot of business acumen to the change rooms as he s completing an MBA at Harvard during the Australian winter. Loves West End draught imperial pints and getting his milk and paper from  the deli. Enjoys playing on Adelaide Oval No2.

 

Saeed Ajmal –  world’s best spinner but the PCB rescinded his NOC  two weeks ago yet he’s still listed? Won’t play. Update ya freaken website Strikers this is making my job a nightmare!

 

Kane Richardson – Pace bowling all rounder, known for bowling a heavy ball that hits the bat incredibly hard. He has batted as high as number 3 in Shield cricket (not as a night watchmen), can hit an incredibly long ball.  Fun Fact: tennis fanatic and best buddies with Lleyton Hewitt. Central Dstricts supporter.

 

Cameron Boyce – legspinner from Queensland. Perhaps signed to replace Saaed Ajmal, perhaps one day will be of the standard of Ajmal but he’s not right. Might get a run pre Christmas in Lyon’s absence. Fun Fact: Claims to have invented and patented the watermelon helmet.

 

Mick Nesser – Saffer born Aussie allrounder who is really a like for like swap for Dan Christian though I’m not sure if Nesser goes nuts smashing up change rooms as much as Dan Christian. Maybe if he did Nesser would have a higher profile. Expected to be first choice all rounder ahead of Theo Doropolous, not expected to dominate.

 

Nathan Lyon – Test off spinner who should spin twin with the chucka when the Test summer is over. I believe Xav Doc will be the preferred Aussie ODI spinner so ‘Gaz’ should be right to Bash for the business end of BBL|02. A little known fun fact: he use to be the grounds man at Adelaide Oval.

 

Nathan Reardon – ex Queensland batsmen who doesn’t have a state contract and Bashed for the Renegades last year without doing much of note except come in before Afridi. ‘Reardo’ was dumped by the Renegades after they secured the services of Nathan Rimmington to fill their quota of Nathans. Obviously will only be able to play when Nathan Lyon isn’t so as not to upset the balance of Nathans in the Strikers line up.

 

 

 

THE SUMMARY

 

The Strikers are incredibly light on for batsmen – they don’t seemed to have bothered recruiting players to bat 4 and 5. Nathan Reardon will get altitude sickness batting as high as 4.

The squad has a  plethora of different types and varying quality of allrounders from which to choose from and a nice mix of pace bowlers and spinners but the changerooms will be bereft of batsmen.

Losing players of the quality of McDonald and Ajmal is a massive blow to the Strikers ambitions in BBL|02 so sign some players to replace them, Darren “Chuck” Berry – the deadline is 3 days away!!

 

The Strikers have 17 players listed but 2 are non starters so maybe the Strikers should recruit someone who is good with IT so they can keep the Strikers website up-to-date with latest signings. Someone like….. Bryce McGain who is happy earning sh1tloads dong computers and doesn’t want to play for Australia let alone first class cricket again.

 

Also I would stop right now this back and forth of trading of mediocre players with the Renegades. (Save for snaffling their skipper McDonald – smart move)

 

 

 

THE XI

 

Well this is easy given the Strikers books have 2 players who won’t play.

 

  1. Michael Klinger
  2. Phil Hughes
  3. Callum Ferguson
  4. Nathan Reardon
  5. Kerion Pollard
  6. Johan Botha
  7. Tim Ludeman
  8. Mick Nesser
  9. Kane Richardson
  10. Gary Putland
  11. Shaun Tait

 

 

Prediction: 6th

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