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Adelaide Strikers V Perth Scorchers

The BBL heads to the Northern Territory this Saturday, one of Australia’s most cultural locations & easily the hottest part of the country. Not a renown cricket location at all, Alice Springs has hosted a number of Australian Rules Football matches as well as a couple of cricket tour matches. The top two sides in the current BBL competition will slug it out in energy-sapping conditions under the hot NT sun at Traeger Park, it will certainly be a new experience for almost the entire 22 players who will take to the field tomorrow.

With a big question mark hanging over how the pitch will play, both the Strikers and Scorchers just have to focus on what they’ve achieved so far in the tournament and strive for even greater things, this match being one of them given the current standings. The Strikers will be without their skipper & star batsman Travis Head who gets set to line-up against England in the ODI series, and the Scorchers have also lost some big names in the same context which should balance the match out more evenly. Scorchers skipper Adam Voges will also miss this match after he received a one-match ban due to slow over rates, a costly blow for a team already lacking personal. Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has been outstanding for the Strikers in BBL 07, he’s managed four 30+ scores including two fifties in the tournament so far. Ashton Turner has been the Scorchers most dangerous & promising scorer so far for his side, but Cam Bancroft and Hilton Cartwright played an extravagant hand in almost dragging Perth over the line against the Thunder the other night with brilliant cameo-knocks. The Scorchers are the only team who can move up if they were to win this match, and that would see them surpass the Strikers at the top of the table.

Fantasy Breakdown

Top 4 fantasy picks | Adelaide Strikers | BBL | 27th match | Alice Springs

  • Rashid Khan
  • Jake Weatherald
  • Colin Ingram
  • Peter Siddle

Wildcard pick – Jono Dean

Top 4 fantasy picks | Perth Scorchers | BBL | 27th match | Alice Springs

  • Michael Klinger
  • Cameron Bancroft
  • Mitchell Johnson
  • Ashton Turner

Wildcard pick – Joel Paris

 

Team XI’s

Adelaide Strikers (possible) – 1. Alex Carey (wk) 2. Jake Weatherald 3. Jono Dean 4. Colin Ingram (c) 5. Jono Wells 6. Jake Lehmann 7. Michael Neser 8. Rashid Khan 9. Peter Siddle 10. Ben Laughlin 11. Billy Stanlake.

Perth Scorchers (possible) – 1. Will Bosisto 2. Michael Klinger (c) 3. Cameron Bancroft (wk) 4. Ashton Turner 5. Hilton Cartwright 6. Ashton Agar 7. Tim David 8. Tim Bresnan 9. Matthew Kelly 10. Joel Paris 11. Mitchell Johnson. 

 

Sydney Sixers V Sydney Thunder

If it wasn’t already bad enough for the Sydney Sixers, their crosstown-rivals have just welcomed back Usman Khawaja who has a mountain of a record in this format representing the Thunder. After the Renegades went down to the Stars earlier tonight, the Sixers are now the only team in BBL 07 who haven’t won a game. It’s an unfamiliar sight seeing the Sixers sitting at the bottom of the standings, they’re usually one of the more competitive teams which just goes to show that this format is as unpredictable as it gets. On the other side of the fence, the Thunder are looking to make a late surge in the tournament with some key ins expected to put the opposition under immense pressure over the coarse of their remaining three matches.

International signing Jason Roy was a complete disaster during his time at the Sixers, playing the six matches with a high score of just 21 including four single-digit scores. Thankfully for the Sixers, they’ve made some positive reinforcements ahead of the Sydney Smash at the SCG with English top order batsman Joe Denly and West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite joining the squad in place of Roy and Billings. The Sixers will also welcome back captain Moises Henriques who has been on personal leave, and Nathan Lyon who is fresh off a successful Ashes campaign. All these changes should give the Sixers a fighting chance against a dominant-looking Thunder top order featuring Usman Khawaja, Shane Watson and James Vince who missed the previous match due to illness. Thunder leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed should enjoy the SCG wicket, spinners are generally successful which will also bring Nathan Lyon into play, so the two spinners could possibly have a big say in how this match might pan out. A lot of the focus has shifted away from Sixers seamer Sean Abbott who hasn’t had the most consistent tournament by any stretch of the imagination, but a three-wicket haul against the Hurricanes might have got his campaign back on track.

Fantasy Breakdown

Top 4 fantasy picks | Sydney Sixers | BBL | 28th match | Sydney

  • Joe Denly
  • Nic Maddinson
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Sean Abbott

Wildcard pick – Carlos Brathwaite

Top 4 fantasy picks | Sydney Thunder | BBL | 28th match | Sydney

  • Usman Khawaja
  • Fawad Ahmed
  • James Vince
  • Shane Watson

Wildcard pick – Arjun Nair

 

Team XI’s

Sydney Sixers (possible) – 1. Joe Denly 2. Daniel Hughes 3. Nic Maddinson 4. Moises Henriques 5. Carlos Brathwaite 6. Johan Botha (c) 7. Ben Dwarshuis 8. Peter Nevill (wk) 9. Sean Abbott 10. Nathan Lyon 11. Jackson Bird.

Sydney Thunder (possible) – 1. Usman Khawaja 2. James Vince 3. Shane Watson (c) 4. Kurtis Patterson 5. Callum Ferguson/Ben Rohrer 6. Arjun Nair 7. Chris Green 8. Jay Lenton (wk) 9. Gurinder Sandhu 10. Mitchell McClenaghan 11. Fawad Ahmed. 

 

Zak Varik

Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
“I’ve loved watching cricket since I was about 7 years old, my childhood hero was none other than Andrew “Roy” Symonds who probably enhanced my love of the game through the years”.
Zak is now an established writer for FCN (Fantasy Cricket News) and has also previously represented other Blogs during his time as a writer.

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