BBL|04 Adelaide Strikers Preview

In

Brad Hodge (Melbourne Stars)

Craig Simmons (Perth Scorchers)

Ben Laughlin (Hobart Hurricanes)

Jon Holland (Melbourne Stars)

Keiron Pollard (West Indies)

Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)

New signing Brad Hodge
New signing Brad Hodge

Out

Callum Ferguson (Melbourne Renegades)

Michael Klinger (Perth Scorchers)

Alex Hales (Hobart Hurricanes)

Andrew McDonald (Sydney Thunder)

Nathan Reardon (Brisbane)

The Internationals

Johan Botha (South Africa)

Keiron Pollard (West Indies)

Replacement: Ryan ten Deoescate (Netherlands)

The XI

1. Craig Simmons

2. Jonathan Dean

3. Brad Hodge

4. Tim Ludeman +

5. Keiron Pollard

6. Travis Head

7. Johan Botha *

8. Kane Richardson

9. Adam Zampa

10. Ben Laughlin

11. Shaun Tait

The Squad players

Jon Holland                     Michael Neser                 Trent Lawford

Gary Putland                   Alex Ross                        Chadd Sayers

The Analysis

The squad looks a bit light on for batting but has plenty of variety in the bowling options with plenty of pace bowlers and 3 spinners to choose from plus a few middle of the road all rounders.

The batting will rely heavily on new recrtuits, Craig Simmons and Brad Hodge. Simmons, who was brought over from the Scorchers following an impressive rags to riches, from Powercor worker to century maker and BBL matchwinner, debut season in BBL|03.

New Adelaide opener Craig Simmons
New Adelaide opener Craig Simmons

39 year old Brad Hodge is also a massive signing as he continues to be one of the world pre-eminent T20 batsmen in the world. Hodge was in fine form for Wellington in the recently completed Georgie Pie Super Smash the New Zealand T20 competition.

Look for keeper Tim Ludeman to be given more responsibility in the batting order and Kieron Pollard will provide the late innings firepower for the first half of the tournament prior to the Windies departing for World Cup preperations in early January.

South African born Dutch player Ryan ten Doeschate has been the leading all rounder of the Associate nations for a number of seasons and has previously played for the Hobart Hurricanes.

Shaun Tait broke down during his ill-fated retuen to domestic one day cricket in October and it will be interesting to see if he can get through the full 8 game schedule of the BBL.

Adelaide have an indefinite extension to contract to their 18th players following the passing of Phillip Hughes.

The Prediction

6th

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Ross Slater

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