Former Proteas opening batsman Colin Ingram has been roped in as an overseas player for the Adelaide Strikers in the KFC Big Bash League after an impressive couple of seasons in the Natwest T20 Blast.
The Adelaide Strikers who has signed Ingram, finished 6th in the previous edition of BBL. Ingram’s international career came to an abrupt end when he signed a Kolpak deal with Glamorgan in 2014.
The southpaw finished his international career with nine Tests and 31 ODI experience under his belt and ever since retiring, he has been a prolific run-scorer in England and has topped the T20 charts. He has scored 381 runs in 11 innings this season at an impressive strike rate of 168. He has also smashed a couple of centuries in the competition. In 2016, the stylish left-hander amassed 502 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 164 including a century and four fifties.
Former Aussie speedster Jason Gillespie who had spent several years, as the head coach of Yorkshire in the English County league was keen to rope in the services of Ingram.
“The decision was made that we’d look over the world of an overseas batsman and we found a quality one in Colin. He’s a guy who can bat in the top four and who can make the crowd excited. “He gives it a whack. He has a lot of T20 experience and adds a great deal to our batting line-up. I know that he’s absolutely thrilled and he’s really committed and really excited to be linking up with us,” Gillespie was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
Some changes have been made to the Big Bash Schedule in 2017 and one extra week has been added to the itinerary. The addition of a week extra also gives each team with one more home matches and also the opportunity to play different venues.