Ever since he crossed over the border from Victoria, Michael Klinger has been a revelation for South Australia. The 31-year-old has significantly increased his output, with some even suggesting he could possibly fit into the Australian side at some stage. But the most immediate thing on Klinger’s mind is leading his Adelaide Strikers in the T20 Big Bash League. The right-handed batsman is very similar to the Hussey boys, in that he can adapt to different formats and adjust to different situations. Expect Klinger to make a big impact at the top of the order.
|Date||Ground||Home||Big Bash Matches||Away||Live TV||Live Odds|
|Sunday 18th December||Adelaide Oval 5:30pm||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades||Fox Sports 2 5:30pm||Betting|
|Fri 23rd Dec||ANZ Stadium 7:00pm||Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers||Fox Sports 2 6:30pm||Betting|
|Wed 28th Dec||Adelaide Oval 7:00pm||Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Fox Sports 2 7:00pm||Betting|
|Tues 3rd Jan||GABBA 6:30pm||Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers||Fox Sports 2 7:00pm||Betting|
|Sun 8th Jan||WACA 6:00pm||Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers||Fox Sports 2 9:00pm||Betting|
|Tues 10th Jan||Adelaide Oval 7:00pm||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers||Fox Sports 2 7:00pm||Betting|
|Thur 19th Jan||MCG 7:00pm||Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers||Fox Sports 2 6:30pm||Betting|
Daniel Harris certainly isn’t a household name amongst Australian cricket fans. But he could be by the end of the BBL. Not many people realise how good of a T20 player the 31-year-old is. Harris has scored 1112 runs from 34 matches, averaging a phenomenal 38.34 per innings. Perhaps his finest T20 innings came in his last match at the Champions League when he blasted 108 not out from 61 balls to help the Redbacks to 2-214. Harris isn’t a tall or intimidating man, but he has one of the best eyes for a batsman in the country. He could be the standout in an already strong Strikers batting line-up.
Aaron O’Brien is another man who has ventured over to South Australia from another state in search of a second opportunity. And hasn’t he made the most of it. The 30-year-old bowling all-rounder has slotted into the side across all three formats ever so nicely. But O’Brien is at his best in the shortest form of the game. He isn’t a major turner of the ball and prefers to keep the runs down then take wickets, meaning he is the perfect T20 spinner. Having said that, O’Brien has claimed 33 wickets from 34 matches at an impressive average of 24. Look for the left-arm orthodox spinner to play more of a negating role in the Big Bash League this summer.
There seems to be a serious unbalance with Adelaide’s roster.
Strikers fans must be dribbling at the mouth when they see their batting line-up. Check out these names: Klinger, Harris, Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Borgas, Lee Carseldine, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson and Kieron Pollard. That is enough to make any opposition team quiver in their boots.
But is that Adelaide’s biggest problems? Does it have too many batsmen and not enough bowlers?
The Strikers have pulled out an awesome recruit in South African Alfonso Thomas, who is the third highest T20 wicket taker and recognised as an awesome death bowler. But it is all spinners or young kids after that, meaning things could get ugly if opposition batsmen settle into a rhythm early.
Will that recruiting decision come back to bite them on the bum? Probably. It’s all good to load up on batsmen, but bowlers are just as important.
Expect the Strikers to feature towards the bottom of the BBL ladder.
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