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Adelaide Strikers are one of the teams in Australia's premier T20 competition - the Big Bash League (BBL). The franchise is based in the state of South Australia and represent Adelaide in the competition. The Strikers succeeded the Southern Redbacks, who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash competition.

The Strikers are currently coached by former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie and captained by Travis Head.


2011-2012 season:

The Adelaide  Strikers started their campaign in the inaugural season on a winning note, crushing Melbourne Renegades by 67 runs.  However, it was not the precursor of the things that were to follow. For the rest of the season, the Strikers managed to win just one more match and ended the league table at sixth position.

2012-2013 season:

After the disappointing outing in the inaugural season, the Strikers started the brand-new season on a good note, beating last season's finalists Perth Scorchers by 6 wickets. They lost the following game but bounced back quickly to win the next two. However, they could manage only one win from their last four games and missed out on top four because of net run-rate. The Strikers finished the season at fifth position with 4 wins from eight games.

2013-2014 season:

Adelaide Strikers started the brand new season, winning their second and third game after the first did not yield any result. However, they could not win any more game for the rest of the season and ended at the seventh spot with just 2 wins from eight games.

2014-2015 season:

The Strikers began the season with a bang, winning their first four games to all but seal their spot in the semifinal. They went on to win two more games to end the season at the top of the ladder with 6 wins in 8 games. However, they could not sustain the momentum in the semifinal and lost the game against Sydney Sixers by 67 runs.

2015-2016 season:

The Strikers made a strong start to their season once again. They won seven of the eight league games to storm into the semifinals at the top-placed team. However, they failed to deliver in the semifinal and ended up losing the game by 8 wickets to Sydney Thunder.

2016-2017 season:

After the top-of-the league finish in the previous season, hopes were high from the Strikers in 2016-17 season. However, they failed to live up to expectations. The season started with losses against Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers. The Strikers then managed to bounce back and win against Sydney Sixers only to lose again to Hobart Hurricanes.  With just one win from the opening four games, the Strikers were well out of contention for a berth in the next round. They managed to win two more games but could only finish at sixth position.

2017-2018 season:

The seventh season of the competition saw the teams playing ten games instead of eight like the previous seasons. The Strikers started the season on a brilliant note, beating Sydney Thunder, Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat in the first three games.  overall, they lost three games and stormed into the semifinal as the second-best team of the league phase. In the semifinal, they beat Melbourne Renegades by one run before beating Hobart Hurricanes in the final to clinch their first BBL title.

Here are some other details about the team:

Most runs for Adelaide Strikers:

Player Span Mat Inns Runs HS Ave
TM Head 2013-2018 35 34 988 101* 34.06
TP Ludeman 2012-2017 37 34 846 92* 30.21
M Klinger 2011-2014 22 22 663 86* 34.89
BJ Hodge 2014-2017 20 20 593 56* 42.35
J Weatherald 2016-2018 19 19 500 115 26.31
AT Carey 2017-2018 12 12 443 100 49.22
BR Dunk 2016-2017 8 8 364 85 52
NJ Reardon 2012-2014 16 14 320 43 26.66
JR Dean 2013-2018 22 19 317 54* 19.81
KA Pollard 2012-2017 18 16 311 65* 22.21
J Botha 2011-2015 27 22 302 41* 23.23
CA Ingram 2017-2018 12 12 277 68 30.77
CJ Ferguson 2011-2014 18 16 262 52 16.37
AI Ross 2014-2016 18 14 247 65 20.58
CJ Simmons 2014-2015 13 13 223 46 17.15
MG Neser 2012-2018 35 22 218 40* 16.76
DPMD Jayawardene 2015-2016 7 7 191 57 27.28
AD Hales 2013-2014 8 8 175 49 21.87
PJ Hughes 2012-2014 8 8 175 74 25
KW Richardson 2011-2016 36 17 162 45 13.5
JS Lehmann 2016-2018 21 16 143 24 10.21
DJ Harris 2011-2012 6 6 142 49 23.66
JW Wells 2017-2018 12 10 139 33* 17.37
CJ Borgas 2011-2012 6 6 111 31 22.2
AC Blizzard 2011-2012 5 5 104 30 20.8
TLW Cooper 2011-2012 5 5 101 43* 33.66
RN ten Doeschate 2015-2015 5 5 60 26 12
AJ Crosthwaite 2011-2012 6 6 60 18 10
Shakib Al Hasan 2014-2014 2 2 48 46 24
AU Rashid 2015-2016 9 4 43 25 43
KR Smith 2015-2017 2 2 41 41* 41
B Laughlin 2014-2018 37 9 37 22 6.16
CJ Jordan 2016-2017 5 5 36 18 9
Rashid Khan 2017-2018 11 6 36 16* 18
AW O'Brien 2011-2012 7 5 28 13 7
AC Thomas 2011-2012 7 4 17 7 8.5
BG Drew 2012-2012 3 2 15 10 7.5
A Zampa 2013-2015 12 3 15 10* 7.5
DR Salpietro 2012-2012 2 2 13 12 6.5
IS Sodhi 2017-2017 3 2 13 8* -
BE Young 2012-2013 5 2 12 9* 12
TP Doropoulos 2012-2013 3 3 12 12* 6
MJ Johnston 2012-2012 2 2 11 8* -
WA Agar 2017-2018 3 2 10 8 10
CJ Boyce 2012-2013 6 2 8 7 8
B Stanlake 2015-2018 17 4 8 4* -
JEC Franklin 2012-2012 1 1 7 7 7
JM Muirhead 2012-2012 2 1 5 5* -
JD Smith 2012-2012 1 1 5 5 5
JM Holland 2014-2016 12 2 5 5* 5


Most wickets for Adelaide Strikers:


Player Span Mat Inns Overs Maidens Wickets BBI Econ
B Laughlin 2014-2018 37 36 124.4 0 50 4/26 7.94
KW Richardson 2011-2016 36 35 121.2 3 37 3/9 7.94
MG Neser 2012-2018 35 34 111 2 37 3/24 8.72
SW Tait 2012-2015 18 17 64 0 28 3/22 7.85
J Botha 2011-2015 27 25 92.2 1 20 2/11 6.79
B Stanlake 2015-2018 17 17 63.2 0 19 3/17 6.77
Rashid Khan 2017-2018 11 11 44 0 18 3/20 5.65
AU Rashid 2015-2016 9 9 34.4 0 16 3/23 6.51
TM Head 2013-2018 35 20 37 0 13 3/16 8.21
KA Pollard 2012-2017 18 15 31 0 12 3/30 9.22
PM Siddle 2017-2018 11 11 37 2 11 3/17 5.94
A Zampa 2013-2015 12 11 41 0 11 2/26 7.02
IS Sodhi 2017-2017 3 3 11.3 0 9 6/11 6.08
CJ Jordan 2016-2017 5 5 17 0 9 3/24 9.29
JM Holland 2014-2016 12 11 36 0 8 2/19 8.33
CJ Boyce 2012-2013 6 6 15 0 6 3/17 8.06
AW O'Brien 2011-2012 7 7 28 0 6 3/26 6.46
BE Young 2012-2013 5 5 18 0 5 2/37 6.66
AC Thomas 2011-2012 7 7 26 0 5 3/24 6.8
JM Muirhead 2012-2012 2 2 5 0 4 2/17 10.8
BG Drew 2012-2012 3 3 12 0 4 2/27 7.5
LN O'Connor 2016-2018 8 8 28 0 4 2/12 7.53
CJ Simmons 2014-2015 13 6 14 0 3 2/26 6.28
GD Putland 2012-2016 7 7 22 2 3 2/39 8.45
JEC Franklin 2012-2012 1 1 3 0 2 2/22 7.33
Shakib Al Hasan 2014-2014 2 2 5 0 2 2/21 6.2
MJ Johnston 2012-2012 2 2 5 0 2 1/22 10.2
GA West 2016-2016 2 2 6 0 2 2/24 10.33
NM Lyon 2011-2013 4 4 11.5 0 2 1/26 8.11
BE McGain 2011-2012 3 3 10 0 2 1/43 11.3
JS Lehmann 2016-2018 21 2 2 0 1 1/5 8
BR Dunk 2016-2017 8 1 2 0 1 1/20 10
Saeed Ajmal 2012-2012 1 1 4 0 1 1/22 5.5
HP Kingston 2015-2015 1 1 2 0 1 1/23 11.5
DR Salpietro 2012-2012 2 2 8 0 1 1/28 8.12
KR Smith 2015-2017 2 1 1 0 0 - 7
BJ Hodge 2014-2017 20 1 1 0 0 - 8
TP Doropoulos 2012-2013 3 1 1 0 0 - 12
DJ Harris 2011-2012 6 1 1 0 0 - 15
CJ Borgas 2011-2012 6 1 1 0 0 - 20
NJ Reardon 2012-2014 16 2 2 0 0 - 14.5
TL Lawford 2014-2015 2 2 4 0 0 - 7.5
TD Andrews 2016-2017 2 2 5 0 0 - 8
BS Oakley 2013-2013 2 1 4 0 0 - 12.5
CA Ingram 2017-2018 12 7 8 0 0 - 9.5
WA Agar 2017-2018 3 3 8 0 0 - 11.87


Most dismissals as wicketkeeper for Adelaide Strikers:


Player Span Mat Inns Dismissals Catches Stumping
TP Ludeman 2012-2017 37 35 22 21 1
AT Carey 2017-2018 12 12 16 16 0
AJ Crosthwaite 2011-2012 6 6 6 3 3
BR Dunk 2016-2017 8 5 3 3 0
TLW Cooper 2011-2012 5 1 0 0 0
HJ Nielsen 2018-2018 1 1 0 0 0


Current squad of Adelaide Strikers:


Wes Agar
Alex Carey
Michael Cormack
David Grant
Travis Head
Colin Ingram (OS)
Rashid Khan (OS)
Ben Laughlin
Jake Lehmann
Michael Neser
Liam O’Connor
Matthew Short
Peter Siddle
Billy Stanlake
Cameron Valente
Jake Weatherald
Jon Wells
Nick Winter


*Stats and squad updated before the start of BBL 2018-19


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Adelaide Strikers won by 5 wickets. (Credits - Twitter)

BBL 2018-19: Adelaide Strikers Knocks Down Brisbane Heat By 5 Wickets, Twitter Reacts

The opening game of Big Bash league 2018-19 bagged by the defending champions Adelaide Strikers over Brisbane Heat. They have knocked down Chris Lynn-led side by 5 wickets in a moderate chase on the board. Alex Carey was the star performer for Adelaide, who knocked a brilliant 70.

Rashid Khan stars again:

Initially, it was Adelaide Strikers, who won the toss and asked Brisbane Heat to bat first. They have got a brilliant start, as Billy Stanlake knocked out Brendon McCullum in the second ball of the innings.

However, Chris Lynn was at his usual best, who smashed the ball away from his presence. He knocked a  brilliant 33 off 20 balls but failed to carry on with the flow. Meanwhile,  Max Byrant and Joe Burns also got the starts but failed to make use of it.

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Rashid Khan picks 3 wickets. (Credits – Twitter)

Adelaide bowlers had quite a good day at the office, as all the bowlers collected wickets to their name. Rashid Khan was the wrecker-in-chief, who rattled three wickets while Mathew Short picked a couple alongside Billy Stanlake.

Alex Carey guides Adelaide to victory:

However, James Pierson’s 24*, in the end, helped them to put 146 on the board. In reply, Alex and Weatherald started the things cautiously to give a steady start for the team. However, Weatherald walked back while attacking Joe Burns.

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Alex Carey scored 70. (Credits – Twitter)

He was quickly followed by Colin Ingram, which made things interesting. Despite the poor show from the other batsmen, Alex Carey stood firm at the crease to make things happen for Adelaide.

Though he lost his wicket at the crucial stage, Jonathan Wells and Jake Lehmann finished the chase. Pattinson bagged a couple of wickets while Swepson, Burns and Cutting picked each apiece.

Twitter reactions:

Big Bash League 2018-19, Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Strikers,
Alex Carey. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Big Bash League 2018-19: Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers – Report

The defending champions Adelaide Strikers were able to kickstart the BBL 2018-19 season on a high after winning the inaugural match against Brisbane Heat by five wickets. Strikers captain Colin Ingram won the bat flip and decided to bowl first. Heat opener Brendon McCullum was able to smash the first ball of the season to the square boundary. However, the former New Zealand skipper charged down the wicket on the next ball to give his wicket to Billy Stanlake.

Subsequently, Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn came out with an aggressive approach as he scored his runs at a brisk pace. The right-hander scored 33 runs from 20 balls to give a push to his team’s innings. However, Lynn had to go back in order to push the accelerator after scoring four fours and two big sixes.

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Rashid Khan picked three wickets. (Credits – Twitter)

Strikers get off the mark.

Furthermore, Joe Burns could not time the pull and was dismissed after scoring 20 runs. Sam Heazlett and Ben Cutting were then dismissed in quick succession to push Heat behind the eighth-ball.

In fact, there was also a controversial decision by the third umpire, Greg Davidson. James Pattinson had made his ground, however, he adjudged out by the umpire. Subsequently, Chris Lynn had a word with the officials and then Strikers decided to call back Pattinson.

Meanwhile, the hosts were given a boost by the last wicket partnership. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and James Peirson added 45 runs to take Heat to 146. Rashid Khan was once again amongst the wickets as the talisman leg-spinner scalped three wickets and gave only 19 runs in his four overs quota.

Big Bash League 2018-19, Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Strikers,
Alex Carey. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

On the other hand, the visitors were able to get off to a good start after their openers Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald posted 56 runs for the opening stand. Carey continued with his previous season form as the southpaw batsman scored a fine 70 to take Adelaide Strikers close to the target.

Brief Scores: Brisbane Heat: 146-10, Chris Lynn 33 (20), Rashid Khan: 3-19.

Adelaide Strikers: 147-5, Alex Carey 70 (46), James Pattinson 2-23.

Adelaide Strikers won by five wickets.

James Pattinson, BBL 2018-19
James Pattinson. Getty Images

Big Bash League 2018-19: Watch – Third Umpire Reverse Decision After Making a Mistake

The eighth season of the Big Bash League 2018-19 started on a controversial note when the third umpire Greg Davidson gave the run-out decision as out. James Pattinson had made his way back into the crease with a diving effort. However, the third umpire gave the decision in favour of the fielding side. Subsequently, Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn had a discussion with the official.

Consequently, the third umpire was forced to change his decision after it was clear that Pattinson has made his ground. Thus, it was a controversial decision from the third umpire. Pattinson then came back to the ground to resume his innings.

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Adelaide Strikers Celebrate their wicket. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Third Umpire makes a blunder.

The eighth season of the Big Bash League started with Brisbane Heat hosting the defending champions Adelaide Strikers. Adelaide Strikers captain Colin Ingram won the bat flip and decided to bowl first. The hosts were able to keep a tight lid on the proceedings as they kept chipping in with wickets at regular intervals.

Brendon McCullum start the innings on a high when he smashed Billy Stanlake over the square boundary on the first ball of the season. However, the talisman batsman charged down the wicket and gave a skier to Strikers wicketkeeper Alex Carey, on the second ball.

James Pattinson, BBL 2018-19
James Pattinson. Getty Images

Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn came out all guns blazing as he hit the ground running from the word go. However, Lynn perished in an attempt to keep up the impetus. Subsequently, Heat lost another wicket when Joe Burns could not time the pull shot.

Adelaide Strikers premier spinner Rashid Khan who was the leading wicket-taker in the previous season scalped three wickets and gave away only 19 runs in his four-over quota. However, the last wicket partnership of 45 runs between Jimmy Peirson and Mujeeb Rahman was able to take Heat to a competitive total of 146 runs.

Here is the controversial decision of the third umpire.

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Adelaide Strikers. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Big Bash League 2018-19: Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers – Match Preview

The eighth season of the Big Bash League 2018-19 will kickstart when reigning champions Adelaide Strikers will lock horns with Brisbane Heat at latter’s home ground. It is going to be another exciting season and both these teams will like to draw first blood in the season. Adelaide Strikers had gone all the way in the previous edition of the tournament and will like to replicate their performance.

The Strikers had ticked the right boxes in the last season and thus will like to continue with the same. South Africa’s southpaw batsman Colin Ingram who was bought by Delhi Capitals for a whopping amount of INR 6.4 Crores is going to hold the captaincy reins for Strikers. On the other hand, the hard-hitting Chris Lynn will take the captaincy bridle for Brisbane Heat.

Chris Lynn | BBL | Brisbane Heat |
Image Credits: Getty Images

Strikers will like to begin their title defence on a high.

Adelaide Strikers had won seven out of the ten league matches whereas Brisbane Heat had found themselves in the bottom half of the table with only four wins from ten games. Thus, Strikers will like to repeat a similar performance whereas Brisbane Heat will like to turn the tables.

Read More: Most Wickets in BBL 2017-18.

Interestingly there will be no toss in this season of the BBL. In fact, it would be decided by a bat flip, as it would happen for the first time in the history of the game.

Brisbane Heat has a mystery spinner in Mujeeb Ur Rahman and they would want the talented Afghanistan spinner to do the job for their team. Rahman has a plethora of variations in his armoury and would like to unleash them in the eighth season of the league.

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Rashid Khan. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Rashid Khan is going to hold the key.

On the other hand, Rahman will face tough competition from his country teammate, Rashid Khan. The leg-spinner is going to hold the key for the defending champions. In fact, Rashid Khan was the leading wicket-taker in the previous season as the talisman had scalped 18 wickets from 11 matches.

Similarly, one more key factor that contributed to the success of the Adelaide Strikers were their in-form batsman. Out of the top five run-getters of the last season, three were from the Strikers. In fact, all three of them were left-handers as Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald and Travis Head scored more than 350 runs for the team. Consequently, they would like to carry the same kind of form in this season.

On the other hand, Brisbane Heat is going to depend on their skipper Chris Lynn and former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum. Both of them make a lethal opening pair and would like to deliver the goods.

Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers, Match Preview, BBL
Adelaide Strikers Celebrate their wicket. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Match Preview.

Date and Time: 19 December 2018, 1:45 PM IST.

Venue: Gabba, Brisbane.

Pitch Conditions: The Gabba pitch has always helped the fast bowlers in extracting extra bounce from the surface. Thus, the fast bowlers will enjoy bowling on this pitch.

Weather Conditions: It is going to be a partly cloudy day in Brisbane with good wind flow. The temperature is going to stay around the 30 Degree Celsius and there is no forecast of rain. Hence, a good contest is on the cards.

Brisbane Heat: Chris Lynn(c), Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson(w), Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, James Pattinson, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mitchell Swepson.

Adelaide Strikers: Colin Ingram(c), Alex Carey(w), Jonathan Wells, Jake Lehmann, Matthew Short, Liam O Connor, Cameron Valente, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Jake Weatherald, Ben Laughlin, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake.

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Travis Head has signed a contract extension with Adelaide Strikers ahead of BBL 2018/19. Image Courtesy: Getty

BBL 2018/19: Travis Head Extends his Contract with Adelaide Strikers

Travis Head has committed on giving a long-term service for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BBL), as he has signed a four-year deal with the franchise to play a significant part of his career for Adelaide. During the course, the Strikers also named him as the skipper for the upcoming edition of the BBL 2018/19.

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Meanwhile, Adelaide Strikers has always shared a friendly bond with Travis Head. They signed him when he was aged 20 and then gave him regular chances in the playing XI. Head also utilised the opportunity to perfection to become an integral part of the franchise.

It is exciting news for me – Travis Head

Speaking of the latest contract, Travis Head quoted he is pretty much excited to extend his career with the franchise. Further, he also added the connection with the Adelaide crowd and his rapport with the staff.

Travis Head, Adelaide Strikers, BBL 2018/19
Travis Head Photo Credit: AFP.

However, the second player to join the squad is Cameron Valente. He has been exceptional in the domestic circuit with his all-round ability, which certainly made way for him to get the deal from Adelaide Strikers.

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“It’s exciting news that I get the opportunity to play for another four years at Adelaide Oval and in the blue. It’s an amazing time of the year, playing in front of my friends and family and Christmas time, for me it’s always a great time to be around and 50,000 at Adelaide Oval, it’s hard to go by,” Travis Head said.

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Cameron Valente (Credits – Getty)

“To have our home-town captain Travis Head re-commit on a long-term deal is fantastic for the club and this state. And Cameron Valente joins us as a genuine allrounder who is handy at the death and also a fine striker of the ball,” coach Gillespie added.

All in all, it is a monster deal by the Travis Head for Adelaide Strikers. Hopefully, his stint with them goes well to make the things happen for the franchise in BBL 2018/19.

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Jason Gillespie is named as the head coach of Sussex club. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Former World Cup Winner Named Sussex Head Coach

Sussex has roped in former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie as their next head coach. Gillespie’s decision to return to England, nonetheless, has contradicted his initial claims where he had said he was not looking to stay away from his family in Australia.

“It’s well known I have a young family and the consideration is do I want to be away from home for 250-plus nights a year?,” he had said last year while ending speculations that he would join the Australian team.

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Gillespie will join Sussex next year (Credits: Getty)

“At this point in my life, I am not prepared to be away from my family for that kind of time. I’m a young coach, and I have a lot to learn,” he added.

However, the former pacer, who recently had a brief spell with Papua New Guinea, seems to have changed his mind, as he took the surprising decision of becoming Sussex’s head coach, almost a year after stepping down as Yorkshire head coach.

Expressing his thrill over the new role, Gillespie said he was looking forward to helping the club achieve its goals.

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity of taking the reins at such a proud and traditional club like Sussex,” Gillespie said. “Having spoken with both Keith [Greenfield, Sussex’s Director of Cricket] and Rob, I know that there is some excitement around the capabilities of the current playing group. I look forward to getting over there and playing my role in helping Sussex achieve its on and off-field goals for 2018 and beyond.”

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Gillespie had led Yorkshire to two consecutive Championship titles (Credits: PA)

Gillespie will replace Mark Davis as Sussex’s head coach who stepped down from the post last month, thus ending his two-year association with the club. Davis did not have the best of times at the clubs, and his stay further got ruined after rumours of dressing room unrest spread with experienced batsman Chris Nash surprisingly leaving to join Nottinghamshire.

Meanwhile, Gillespie will take charge of the club next year after finishing his coaching duties with Adelaide Strikers in the forthcoming Big Bash League.

Rob Andrew, Sussex’s chief executive, said the club is delighted to have an experienced coach like Gillespie and is hopeful that the newly-appointed coach would mould a young squad in a successful team.

“Jason is exactly the experienced Head Coach we had hoped we would attract to the role,” said Andrew. “He has enormous experience of the English county game after his very successful spell with Yorkshire. We believe we have a very talented young squad and we need a bit a bit of stability and a coach of Jason’s experience to help mould a successful team over the next few years.”

Gillespie is one of the most reputed coaches in English circuits, having guided Yorkshire to back to back Championship titles in 2014 and 2015. Gillespie had also enjoyed a very successful career, having been a part of the World Cup-winning squad of 2003. He represented Australia in 71 Tests, and 97 ODIs, picking up 259 and 142 wickets, respectively.

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Gillespie took more than 400 international wickets. (Credits: Getty)

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BBL 2017/18: Adelaide Strikers Bags Services of Afghan Sensation

Adelaide Strikers have secured the services of Afghanistan’s spin sensation Rashid Khan for the upcoming seventh edition of the Big Bash League.

The leg-spinner, who had become the first Afghanistan player to play in the Indian Premier League earlier this year, has now become the first player from his country to get a contract from an Australia’s domestic T20 league outfit. Expressing his delight over signing the deal, Rashid said: 

“I am very happy to have signed with the Strikers for the BBL. It is a huge honour to be a part of such a great tournament and even more of an honour to be the first Afghanistan player to participate on the BBL stage. I look forward to linking up with my Strikers teammates and backroom staff.”

Jason Gillespie, the head coach of Adelaide Strikers, has hailed the signing of the spin star.

“Rashid has set the world alight in T20 cricket with his energy, enthusiasm, and great control for a young guy,” he said. “He has some great variations, can bowl stump-to-stump and can be very hard to pick.”

“We’re delighted to be able to offer him the opportunity to play for the Adelaide Strikers,” he added.

Rashid has been turning heads with his sensational performances this year. The 18-year-old earned a lucrative deal from Sunrisers Hyderabad after consistently impressing for Afghanistan and justified his four crore-price tag by picking up 17 wickets in the IPL.

Recently, he became the first-ever player to take a hat-trick in the Caribbean Premier League when he took three in three against Jamaica Tallawahs while playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors. He was the fifth highest wicket-taker in the CPL, taking 14 wickets in 12 games.

Overall, he has taken 27 wickets in as many T20I with his career-best figures being an unbelievable 5 for three and an economy-rate of less than six. Meanwhile, Rashid has become the Strikers’ second overseas recruit after Colin Ingram.

Adelaide Strikers squad:

Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jono Dean, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Colin Ingram (overseas), Rashid Khan (overseas).

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Adelaide Strikers Sign Peter Siddle For BBL 07

It seems like a new lease of life has been given to the veteran Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle as the Adelaide Strikers signed him for the seventh season of the Big Bash league. Peter Siddle made his international in 2008 against India. Since then Siddle has played 62 Tests and 17 ODI’s for the Australian side picking up 211 and 15 wickets in respective formats.

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He had a decent outing in his first Test as he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar to pick up his first international wicket. He is the 15th Australian to take 200 wickets in Tests. His career has been affected by injuries at regular intervals. He hasn’t been as successful in the limited overs format like he has been in the Tests. He has only played 17 Tests picking up just 15 wickets. He played his last ODI in 2010 against Sri Lanka. His last Test came in November 2016 against South Africa picking up three wickets.

His Big Bash Career also has been cut short due to injuries. He has played seven matches across two seasons, i.e., BBL 04 and BBL 05 for Melbourne Renegades. Siddle missed the whole sixth season due to a back injury. After going through rehabilitation before the beginning of the next season, Siddle is looking forward for the forthcoming season as he sees this as an opportunity to make a comeback to the Australian team.

On signing for the Adelaide Strikers, Siddle said:

“Just getting back out playing, that’s the thing I’ve missed so much, The injury has been tough, but I think that time off might have just given me a new lease of life and some longevity at the back-end of my career. Getting those early games in for Victoria at the start of the season and then getting over into the Big Bash for the Strikers will hopefully propel me up the ranks and get me back into the Australian side.”

The Adelaide team is coached by the former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie, and he is thrilled to have Siddle in his team, he said: 

“We feel we’ve just got a great coup in Siddle and he adds considerable depth, He’s also a great guy and we’re really looking forward to him playing an important role in the next few years. We’ve got a bowler with experience, not huge in T20 but we feel he’s got the transferable skills and his presence around the team is something that you can’t put a measure on.”

Adelaide Strikers have added more power to their bowling department as they already have Billy Stanlake and Ben Laughlin who is also the highest wicket taker in the BBL.

Colin Ingram. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Colin Ingram Signs with Adelaide Strikers

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.

BBL 06: Twitter Reacts As Defending Champions Sydney Thunder Crash Out Of The Tournament

Adelaide Strikers ended their Big Bash League campaign on a high by thrashing defending champions Sydney Thunder by six wickets in their final match.

Needing a win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive, Thunder skipper Shane Watson decided to chase. However, his decision did not look like a wise one as the Strikers posted a huge 178/5 in their 20 overs. Tim Ludeman (13) was dismissed cheaply but Ben Dunk (65 from 40) and Brad Hodge (39) had set the tone for their team with a 92-run partnership for the second wicket. Dunk and Hodge were dismissed in quick succession but Kieron Pollard took the Strikers to a good total by posting his highest score of this season. The West Indies all-rounder scored 47 off just 22 balls with the help of five sixes.

In reply, Thunder batsmen came a cropper against the spin of New Zealand tweaker Ish Sodhi as he took six wickets for only 11 runs to dismantle the defending champions. Apart from Kurtis Patterson and Watson, none of the Thunder player could get to the double-digit mark as they folded out for a paltry 101 in the 16th over.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match: