It will be a historic day for one of these two BBL sides who are yet to add any silverware to their trophy cabinet. Some big names will make a return to their respective sides, making tomorrows final at the Adelaide Oval that much more entertaining!
The part of the game where tomorrows final will be won & lost will undoubtedly be how well each bowling attack can restrict the opposition. They’re two tremendously gifted batting teams that are jam-packed with explosive hitters, so it’s almost a given that they’ll be out to dominate on a pitch that rewards batsmen who are willing to play their shots. The Adelaide Strikers have been an all-round threat this year though, meaning they’re doing just as much damage with the ball as they’re with the bat. This is where things get pear shaped, because they’ve lost Rashid Khan who has been such an asset for them in BBL 07, and they’re also without star-paceman Billy Stanlake which does minimize the bowling strength in the side.
That’s good news for the Hobart Hurricanes, because they’re coming off their best bowling performance of the year in a semi-final against the Perth Scorchers, their most important match of the tournament to date. Surprise inclusion Tom Rogers ran through Perth’s top order as all-rounder Dan Christian produced the knockout blow with figures of 4/17 which saw the contest game, set, and match. This hasn’t been the case for the Hurricanes all season though, they’ve relied on overseas signing Jofra Archer to inflict most of the damage, they’re far from a reliable bowling attack. Their batting on the other hand has the potential to win them the match, they bat very deep which should help their cause as well. Middle-order aggressors Ben McDermott and Dan Christian smoked the Scorchers bowling cartel at the newly developed Perth Stadium, Matthew Wade was also impressive with a quick-fire 71 at the top of the order. The Hurricanes desperately need their skipper & former skipper to fire, George Bailey and Tim Paine will be key components in their plan to lift the BBL trophy for the first time ever.
Travis Head and the Adelaide Strikers have other plans though, on their home ground they remain the red-hot favorites despite the loss of star leg-spinner Rashid Khan. Alex Carey will be a huge inclusion for the hosts who have lacked that dominant presence at the top of the order, although Jono Dean kick started the innings in stylish fashion against the Renegades in the second semi-final, he wasn’t able to hang around much longer though. It was a captains knock in the Strikers last outing for Travis Head, relishing the opportunity to lead from the front and take command in an innings that was wrestling momentum either way for a while. Head’s unbeaten-85 was a reminder of just much talent this man possesses, but he’ll need more help tomorrow from his middle order if they are to triumph. The dependability on Ben Laughlin with the ball will rise even more with the absence of Khan, he’s a crafty medium pacer with more tricks than a magician. Without Khan, Head might be relied upon to bowl his full quota of overs once again which he did quite efficiently against the Renegades.
This is one of those unpredictable finals that has you second-guessing yourself every time you make a calculated tip, all I can say is expect the unexpected!
Top 5 fantasy picks | Adelaide Strikers | BBL | Final | Adelaide
- Travis Head
- Ben Laughlin
- Alex Carey
- Colin Ingram
- Michael Neser
Wildcard pick – Jono Wells
Top 5 fantasy picks | Hobart Hurricanes | BBL | Final | Adelaide
- Ben McDermott
- D’Arcy Short
- Jofra Archer
- Matthew Wade
- Cameron Boyce
Wildcard pick – George Bailey
Adelaide Strikers (possible) – 1. Alex Carey (wk) 2. Jake Weatherald 3. Travis Head (c) 4. Colin Ingram 5. Jono Wells 6. Jono Dean 7. Jake Lehmann 8. Michael Neser 9. Peter Siddle 10. Ben Laughlin 11. Liam O’Connor/Wes Agar.
Hobart Hurricanes (possible) – 1. D’Arcy Short 2. Matthew Wade 3. Tim Paine (wk) 4. George Bailey (c) 5. Ben McDermott 6. Dan Christian 7. Simon Milenko 8. Jofra Archer 9. Tom Rogers 10. Cameron Boyce 11. Clive Rose.