2017-18 Big Bash League – Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars Preview

When? Tuesday, 9th January

Where? Adelaide Oval

Weather? Temperatures of 24-26c expected in Adelaide on Tuesday and no chance of rain

What channel is it on? Channel TEN in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Are tickets still available? http://www.adelaidestrikers.co...

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Adelaide Strikers W2, Melbourne Stars W3
All-time meetings: Adelaide Strikers W2, Melbourne Stars W4

ADELAIDE STRIKERS

Coach: Jason Gillespie

Captain: Travis Head

  • The Strikers come into this game in second spot after a strong opening half to BBL07 and they will be looking to consolidate their position in the top four and quell any hopes the Stars have of fighting back in the competition.
  • This will be skipper Travis Head’s final game before joining up with the Australian ODI side so he will want to leave his team in the best possible shape and they have named an unchanged team from the last match on Sunday when they beat the Thunder by 25 runs.
  • Their international imports Colin Ingram and Rashid Khan have been key in their recent performances and it will be Ingram who will replace Head as captain once the skipper departs after this game.

MELBOURNE STARS

Coach: Stephen Fleming

Captain: John Hastings

  • The assembly of Stars in Melbourne continue to struggle and Stephen Fleming’s squad is in freefall right now having lost all four matches so far amid plenty of speculation of rumblings and unhappiness in the camp.
  • Kevin Pietersen announced after the Renegades’ defeat that he was quitting the Big Bash and the Stars at the end of this tournament, while there have been strong indications that fellow countryman Luke Wright will not be offered a new deal due to his hugely disappointing form.
  • They have made one change to their 13-man squad for this game with Dan Worrall coming in for Michael Beer, but it is their big names that really need to raise their game quickly and their bowlers especially with the likes of Hastings, Boland and Stoinis all going for over 10 runs per over so far.

PREDICTION
It seems pretty evident that all is not well in the Stars’ camp and with the future of the likes of Pietersen and Wright away from the Stars, it is difficult to imagine they are that focused right now. Their batting has let them down, but their bowling has been woeful overall and this Strikers’ batting line-up should be able to take full advantage of it here at home. The Stars have plenty of batting firepower, but this Strikers’ bowling attack has plenty of weapons, and everything points towards the hosts to inflict a fifth consecutive loss on the Stars.