The Ashes Test finished up early, which means we can really sink our teeth into the BBL11 double header on Monday night kicking off with the Strikers and Sixers from 5.05pm!
Check out our full preview and betting tips for the clash from Mr. Cricket below and remember to head to our Cricket Tips page for regular Big Bash League updates as we count down to finals.
BBL11 Strikers vs Sixers Betting Tips
Adelaide Oval, Monday 17th January, 5.05pm
Predicted XI: Matt Short, Matt Renshaw, Ian Cockbain, Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald, Jake Weatherald, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen, Henry Thornton, Peter Siddle, Harry Conway, Farad Ahmed
Interestingly, the departure of Rashid Khan from the Strikers line-up coincided perfectly with their turn of form. A coincidence? Probably. Regardless, the Strikers have won their last three games on the trot and four of their last five to move all the way up into fourth place on the table. Their destiny is now in their own hands, and they need only win one of their last two games to secure a place in the finals.
They do, however, have two incredibly tough games to finish the regular season, facing off against the two top teams on the table in the Sixers and Scorchers. Monday night’s opponent in the Sixers beat them by four wickets when the two teams faced off back in December, their only other meeting this season. The Strikers line-up will likely look pretty similar to the one that defeated the Stars in their last game, but could they potentially get Alex Carey and Travis Head back in the side for finals? Time will tell.
Predicted XI: Jack Edwards, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques, Dan Christian, Jordan Silk, Sean Abbott, Hayden Kerr, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Steve O’Keefe
After battling through a string of injuries, international call ups and COVID absences, the Sixers finally resembled a side that we could see in the finals when they faced the Thunder in their last game. They sent out a statement to the rest of the league in that game as well, piling on 197 batting first before keeping the Thunder to just 137 to record a dominant win.
The inclusions of Steve O’Keefe, Jordan Silk and Sean Abbott back into the side make them a force to be reckoned with once more, while other key players in the likes of Josh Philippe and Dan Hughes seem to have found form with the bat at the right time of the season. Their line-up should look exactly the same as it did against the Thunder a few nights ago.
Hard to look past the Sixers now that they are back to full strength. It’s incredible that we even consider them full strength at the moment, considering they will likely have zero international players in the line-up on Monday night, but it’s a testament to how strong this domestic core of players is. They are the back to back reigning champs for a reason, and now that we are in the business end of the season, they’ll no doubt be hunting two wins to round out the season in an attempt to pinch top spot from the Perth Scorchers.
I think they win this one in a canter over a resurgent, but ultimately less talented Adelaide Strikers outfit.
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Matt Short has been one of the form batsmen for the Strikers this season. Opening the batting all season, he has played a total of 11 innings in BBL11 and he has scored 10+ runs in nine of them. Back him to do so again on Monday.
Jono Wells and Dan Hughes have both been ultra consistent players throughout their BBL careers. Hughes has passed the 10 run mark in 66% of his career games while Wells has done so in a fantastic 76%.
Short 10+ Runs
Wells 10+ Runs
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