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

THE FACTS

When is Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers taking place? Saturday 21st December, 2019 – 07:10 (UK)

Where is Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers taking place? Manuka Oval, Canberra

What is the expected weather for Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers? 32c with sunshine forecast all day

What television channel is Sydney Thunder 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 Thunder 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 Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers? Visit the official BBL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Sydney Thunder beat Adelaide Strikers by 71 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY THUNDER

  • After their opening two matches on the road, Sydney Thunder play their first home game of BBL|09 in Canberra and the Thunder already have great momentum as they beat both Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes on their travels.
  • In their opening two games, their batsmen have hit three fifties, with the top order trio of Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson one of the best in the tournament, and their superb form continues to lay the foundations for their victories.
  • They are further boosted by the arrival of Chris Morris as the South African all-rounder has been named in the squad and he will likely come into the line-up for Nathan McAndrew with Morris adding even more quality and depth to both the batting and bowling departments.

ADELAIDE STRIKERS

  • Following their triumphant BBL|07 campaign in 2017/18, the Strikers suffered something of a hangover last year as they finished seventh out of the eight teams, so they will look for a major improvement here and target the knockout phase as a minimum.
  • They have made a couple of excellent signings in Sussex Sharks’ batsman Phil Salt, joining up with coach Jason Gillespie who knows him well from the UK, while veteran batsman Cameron White joins from the Renegades to bolster the batting line-up significantly.
  • The only departures of note are veteran batsman Colin Ingram who was well below par last year and pace bowler Ben Laughlin, so they will hope to have improved the batting significantly while hoping that the in-form Harry Conway can hit the ground running to replace Laughlin.
  • They have named a strong squad for this opening game with Conway, Salt and White all expected to make their debuts here, and there is renewed optimism around this quality team that features the likes of Alex Carey, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake, though they are without Travis Head who is with the Australian Test team.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Thunder have made an impressive start to their BBL|09 campaign having won their opening two matches but this will be another tough test for them against this talented Strikers’ side. The Adelaide team have plenty of quality in their ranks and have to be considered among the favourites to go far in this tournament. The Thunder’s batting is as good as any in the tournament but the bowling attack is not overly convincing despite their good start. That is where the Strikers have a real edge and if Stanlake can take a couple of early wickets, Rashid Khan and Siddle can tie them down in the middle overs and lay the foundations for a Strikers victory.

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