BBL Preview - Adelaide Strikers

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Team strengths

  • Powerplay bowling - Adelaide have three genuinely strong powerplay bowlers in George Garton, Peter Siddle and Dan Worrall, all three bowl more than 35% of their overs during powerplay’s. They don’t just make up the numbers in this phase either, George Garton is a strong wicket taker, while Peter Siddle and Dan Worrall are both economical and will likely exploit anything in the surface for seam bowlers. Having three strong bowlers in this phase, also means they’ll be able to hold Wes Agar back, who is your typical ‘enforcer’ style pace bowler, that carries a wicket taking threat in any point of an innings but has been abnormally expensive in powerplay’s during his t20 career so far.
  • Double leg spin attack - Please go with this Adelaide, hopefully they’re planning to and they didn’t just recruit Fawad Ahmed incase Rashid Khan wasn’t available. Leg spinners are exciting and are generally very effective, even more so in BBL, where local players typically aren’t amazing against spin. Fawad Ahmed isn’t the bowler he once was, but he can still have a positive impact in this Adelaide team. Rashid Khan speaks for himself and having another wrist spinner in the side could actually help him, as teams won’t be able to be as conservative against him as they usually are.

Team weaknesses

  • Batting in general - Their batting has a lot of problems, once again, Adelaide will be relying on their bowling to give them a chance. Last season they were one of the slowest scoring teams (0.58 rpo below tournament average) and only Melbourne Renegades a lower boundary percentage. In fact, even if they do get their strongest team on the field at some point, they still look to have a below average batting unit from a boundary hitting perspective, with only Jake Weatherald having a boundary percentage of over 16% amongst their likely top order batters. That’s not to say other players can’t contribute, Alex Carey, for example would have a positive impact on if he played, despite not being a brilliant t20 players, someone like Jono Wells has also had good seasons in the past but needs to be better than he was last season. Overall they look very dependant on Jake Weatherald, deciding to opt against re-signing Phil Salt and then not getting an overseas replacement is an utterly bizarre decision.
  • LH heavy batting line up - Their batting isn’t just poor from a stats point of view but also structurally. Adelaide have an unusual amount of LHB’s; Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Harry Nielsen, Travis Head and Alex Carey. It’s possible that three of four of these could make up their top four/five at some point, even if a couple of them have decent records against off spin, it still leaves them liable to match ups and Adelaide might not always be able to counter supposedly weaker bowlers at times.
  • Death Overs bowling - Even if they’re likely to have a plethora of bowling options, death overs bowling is an area that still doesn’t like ideal to me. They lack a death overs specialist and despite Peter Siddle doing reasonably well in recent seasons, I wouldn’t want to be relying on a 37 y/o bowler to fulfil such an important role. Overseas player George Garton doesn’t have much experience bowling in this phase either, can he step up? Just because he hasn’t bowled much at the death doesn’t mean he can’t do it, having often played in the same team as Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills for Sussex & Southern Brave, it hasn’t been something he’s had to do regularly. It’ll be interesting to see who Adelaide use here.
Rashid Khan in t20 tournaments since the start of 2018, only tournaments include were ones where he has faced at least 50 deliveries.

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