2019-20 Big Bash League – Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers taking place? Sunday 5th January, 2020 – 07:40 (UK)

Where is Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers taking place? International Sports Stadium, Coffs Harbour

What is the expected weather for Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers? 25 with cloud but rain unlikely

What television channel is Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to BBL09 matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers in the UK? If televised, BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers? Visit the official BBL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Sydney Sixers beat Adelaide Strikers by 8 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY SIXERS

  • Sydney Sixers are coming off three consecutive wins in BBL|09 as they sit comfortably in second place and continue to demonstrate that they are one of the most well-rounded teams in the tournament.
  • Skipper Moises Henriques misses this game due to the impending birth of his first child so he is replaced in the 13-man squad by Justin Avendano and, while he was out for a duck in the latest win over Melbourne Renegades, they will miss his presence and leadership in the side but Daniel Hughes will lead the team in his absence.
  • They have named Australian Test bowler Josh Hazelwood in their squad for the very first time here as he has recovered from injury and is deemed fit enough to play so there is a good chance that he will come into the side with Ben Manenti most likely to drop out.

ADELAIDE STRIKERS

  • Adelaide Strikers are coming off their first defeat in BBL|09 as they lost by five wickets to Sydney Thunder last time out in their fifth game of the tournament so they will look to bounce back here against the Sixers who sit one place above them in the standings.
  • They have been boosted by the availability of Michael Neser as the all-rounder was released by Cricket Australia after not being named in the second Test team to play New Zealand so he will almost certainly start here.
  • Leg-spinner Liam O’Connor also comes into the squad as Wes Agar and Harry Nielsen are the two to drop out of the 13 but Neser’s inclusion is the big news ahead of this game and strengthens Jason Gillespie’s team.

THE PREDICTION

This is a relatively evenly-matched game between two strong teams that come into this game sat in second (Sixers) and third (Strikers) in the BBL ladder. The Sixers bowling unit has been one of the best in the tournament so far and has been strengthened even more so for this game with Josh Hazelwood being called up for the first time. The Sixers bowling attack is arguably the real game changer in this match and that may just give them the edge. Their batting is weakened without Henriques, however, so the bowlers will have to be at their best against the Strikers, whose batting line-up is certainly the stronger of the two. There is little to separate the teams but the edge just goes to the Strikers with Michael Neser in the team bolstering a solid batting and bowling line-up.

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