The Adelaide Strikers will be striving to add to their trophy cabinet this season that boasts just the sole title back in BBL 07.
They’ve finished first on two occasions and reached the
knockout final last tournament.
Danny Briggs, Matt Renshaw and Dan Worrall are the side’s
major recruits, while Englishmen Phil Salt returns for another stint.
The side have a number of players picked for Australia A including Michael Neser, Harry Conway, Alex Carey and Renshaw which makes them an awkward side to target due to their opening round bye and Round 2 double game week.
Renshaw impressed last tournament with 348 runs at 29.00 and
a strike-rate of 123.28.
Initially slated as a bit of a long-form specialist, he’s
proven his capability in recent years to flourish in the shorter forms of the
He looks the obvious choice to anchor this Strikers middle
order and can have a decent impact in SuperCoach.
It’d be great to see him jag a few overs for some additional
points, but the Strikers aren’t short on bowling options so his opportunities may
be limited, especially with Khan and Briggs as front-line spin options.
He’s in form having scored 168* for Queensland in his most
recent Shield outing.
I’ll likely be avoiding as I’d prefer opt towards genuine all-rounders and top three batsmen, but he certainly warrants consideration.
Wells was a star last tournament with a simply outrageous
478 runs at an average of 68.28 and a strike-rate of 135.41.
It sounds ridiculous, but I think I’ll have to put a line
through him at this stage as I think he’s priced at close to his peak due to
his stellar tournament last year.
There’s a realistic chance he bats at four ahead of Renshaw
though, in this instance I’d consider him far more strongly.
But while there’s uncertainty over his position I can’t
justify paying $138k for a number five batsmen who won’t bowl.
The major thing in his favour is that Renshaw and Carey are
expected to miss at least the first game of the Round 2 double, so he probably
bats at three of four in that game, and potential the second game if they’re
If we get word that this is the case I’ll reconsider for sure,
but for now I’m a hesitant no.
He hasn’t played first-class cricket since last tournament.
Matt Short (BAT) // $65,300 // BBL 09 SC Ave: 22.8
Short is a guy I’m really on the fence with at this stage as
his role is so fluctuating in this side.
One week he’ll bat at three, the next he’ll bat at seven.
Then he’ll bowl three overs another week, then not bowl for another month.
How will the Strikers utilise him this campaign?
Provided they opt for five front-line bowlers like last
year, it’s hard to see him getting much opportunity with ball in hand.
He has been bowling regularly for Victoria (without much
success), so who knows?
But with Khan and Briggs on deck as spinners it’s unlikely.
With a pretty stellar top order he may also struggle to find
much opportunity with the bat also.
It’s the $65k price tag that’s hard to look past.
He opened up his 2018/19 season with SuperCoach scores of 89
and 104 in a show of his potential.
At this stage I’m leaning towards picking him on my bench to
free up cash while avoiding playing him in my side.
It’s a really, really tough decision but in all honesty the cards probably aren’t quite in his favour.