Form batsman Michael Klinger is a key for the Strikers. Source: Simon Cross/News Limited
Both teams headed into BBL03 with high hopes, but have fallen away meekly. The Strikers started impressively, undefeated after their first three outings before a bewildering drop-off. The team from the ‘City of Churches’ has since suffered four losses, twice failing to pass 100. Though mathematically still a chance of scraping into the finals, they need to win handsomely and hope other results go their way.
Inconsistent batting has cost the Strikers dearly, with the likes of English import Alex Hales and former Test batsman Phillip Hughes failing to fire. With 222 runs at an average of 55.5 and a strike rate of 124, Michael Klinger’s batting returns have been excellent.
On the bowling front, Michael Neser and Shaun Tait have 19 wickets between them, with economy rates of around 8.5 runs per over. A bag at the Adelaide Oval would certainly be a nice way to end the campaign.
For the Renegades, Nathan Rimmington has been the best bowler, taking 10 wickets at 15 while his economy rate is a respectable 7.30. The addition of Test quick Peter Siddle should also help on the bowling front. On international duty, Renegades captain Aaron Finch sits atop the battling list with 262 runs at an average of 52.40 and a strike rate of 148. But his absence means others like Daniel Harris , Alex Doolan and West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will have to step-up.
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