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GameDay Squad AUS Cricket Game 8 Preview: Adelaide Strikers Vs Sydney Thunder

GameDay Squad AUS Cricket Game 8 Preview: The Adelaide Strikers take on the Sydney Thunder in the 8th match of BBL13 in Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday the 19th of December.

Here's everything you need to know ....

Game 8 Preview

Predicted Teams

Adelaide Strikers: 1. Matt Short, 2. D'Arcy Short, 3. Chris Lynn, 4. Adam Hose, 5. Jake Weatherald, 6. James Bazley, 7. Jamie Overton, 8. Harry Nielsen, 9. Wes Agar, 10. Henry Thornton, 11. David Payne

Sydney Thunder: 1. Cameron Bancroft, 2. Alex Hales, 3. Matt Gilkes, 4. Oliver Davies, 5. Alex Ross, 6. Daniel Sams, 7. Nathan McAndrew, 8. Chris Green, 9. Liam Hatcher, 10. Zaman Khan, 11. Tanveer Sangha


Start Vs Sit

Batters - Adam Hose vs Oliver Davies

Without seeing the Strikers play so far in BBL13, the decision of who to start between Hose and Davies is a coin flip. Both players averaged 32 points in BBL12 when applying GDS scoring. Hose had one fifty and three scores of 30+ runs, Davies had three fifties and three scores of 30+ runs. Davies looked in good touch against the Heat last week and he was the Thunder's best batsmen scoring 35 runs from 30 balls. Going by his performance against the Heat and the stats from BBL12, I'm leaning towards starting Davies as I think he offers a higher ceiling.

Start: Oliver Davies

Game 4 Preview

All-Rounder - D'Arcy Short vs James Bazley

Both of these players are new to the Strikers for BBL13 and it's going to be interesting to see how they fit into the bowling attack. With Rashid Khan out of the tournament, the door is now open for Short to have a larger bowling role than he did in BBL12. If the Strikers decide to start with a genuine spin bowler, I think this takes away a lot of the upside that Short offers. Bazley was the 12th ranked all-rounder in BBL12 and averaged 38 points a game when applying GDS scoring. Of this 38 point average, 29 points came via bowling. I'm leaning towards Bazley in this match, only because he averaged 17 points more per game than Short in BBL12. I believe he is the safer option but Short can be a great POD. If the Strikers bat first, I might pivot and start Short. Especially if the Strikers don't play a genuine spin bowler.

Start: James Bazley

Bowler - Wes Agar vs Zaman Khan

Agar was the 10th ranked bowler in BBL12 and averaged 43 points per game when applying GDS scoring. He took eighteen wickets in his thirteen matches but in five of these matches he failed to take a wicket. Khan had a good debut in the BBL against the Heat and scored 52 points. However, 41 of these points came in the 20th over of the Heat innings when they were trying to go for it. It looks like the Thunder have found their new death bowler but he may be a risky option if he doesn't start taking wickets in his first couple of overs.

So, who should we start! It really depends on which team bowls first. In five of the seven matches at the Adelaide Oval for BBL12, the team batting first were not bowled out. Knowing this, I believe there is a higher chance that the team that bowls first will bowl Agar or Khan for their full complement of overs.

Start: Agar if the Strikers bowl first, Khan if the Thunder bowl first.


Matchup Matrix

Key Takeaways:

  1. Spin bowlers had a lot of success against the Strikers.

  2. Opening and middle order batsmen have a fair bit of success against both teams.

  3. Pace bowlers had a lot of success against the Thunder.

Ground Matrix

Key Takeaways:

  1. Spinners have a lot of success, especially in the second innings

  2. Opening and middle order batsmen have a lot of success here

  3. Avoid lower order batsmen


Hot Take

Alex Hales to bounce back after his golden duck against the Heat and score a fifty with a strike rate of 200.


Who to play in your GDS starting XI

  1. BAT - Chris Lynn

  2. BAT - Alex Hales

  3. BAT - Oliver Davies

  4. ALL - Matt Short

  5. ALL - Daniel Sams

  6. ALL - Chris Green

  7. ALL - James Bazley

  8. WK - Cameron Bancroft

  9. BWL - Henry Thornton

  10. BWL - Tanveer Sangha

  11. BWL - Wes Agar / Zaman Khan


Game 4 Preview


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