Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes
Tuesday 18 January 08.30
TV: live on Sky Sports
The Strikers qualified a comfortable fourth in the end. They get every ounce from their ability and are now in a stronger position personnel wise.
Travis Head and Alex Carey, the Ashes heroes, are back at just the right time. This was why we advised a trade on the outright at 40.039/1. They are now 18.017/1 to lay. If you lay back for double your original stake you go all green.
Strikers, though, will fancy their chances of making it through to the knockout clash against Sydney Thunder. It is worth remembering that to lift the title they would need to win all four matches in the play-offs. Having won four on the spin it would be a remarkable sequence.
Probable XI: Renshaw, Carey, Cockbain, Head, Wells, Weatherald, Kelly, Neilsen, SIddle, Fawad, Thornton
India a bowler short
Ouch. The Hurricanes reckoned they were in for a decent little workout against the Stars at the ‘G in a dead rubber. They were pulverised.
One has to fear about the impact of conceding a record 273 just before such a crucial contest. Perhaps the return of Scott Boland after Australia duty will calm the nerves and give more control.
‘Canes may also claim they weren’t fussed. Opening the bowling with Tim David and D’Arcy Short suggests they weren’t off. They also rested Riley Meredith.
There is no Harry Brook, who is with England in the Caribbean. Not that it’s an issue, he had a miserable time. Yorkshireman Jordan Thompson hangs onto his spot. Ben McDermott has been in Maxwell-esque form.
Possible XI: Jewell, McDermott, Wade, Short, Thompson, David, Handscomb, Boland, Rogers, Meredith, Lamichhane
Before Glenn Maxwell’s brilliant century at the MCG, the first-innings average was 160. The sleight bias for the chaser was clipped from 53%, too.
We don’t expect another run fest first up because Maxwell is a freak. Hobart have been marginally quicker all tournament with a run rate of 8.1 while Strikers come in at 7.8.
It is possible the Maxwell show could prompt an overreaction on the innings runs. Going short of 165.5 on the par line would be decent, especially with Strikers’ tight bowling in our favour if Hurricanes bat first.
Strikers are 1.845/6 for this one with Hurricanes 2.1011/10. We have this down as a choice affair in all honesty.
That has as much to do with the wicket as anything. The head-to-heads are a reasonable clue in that regard.
In Adelaide, where Strikers squeeze expertly, Hurricanes had no answer. But at Bellerive, on a flat one, the Hobart batting was to strong. The G is a wicket which can be found between the two in terms of characteristics. And that makes this a pretty even contest.
Carey ended the 2020 Big Bash as opener for Strikers. Although he’s more renowned as a middle-order man it would makes sense if he retained the berth. Jake Weatherald has lotted in ower down and there is a open spot.
Carey smashed a ton in one of those five appearances as opener and Strikers would do well to return to him. Alas Sportsbook have recognised this and have gone a boosted 3/1. Head is also 3/1.
What has been missed, however, is that Matt Renshaw has been opening. Carey is unlikely to replace him given strong form. The 15/2 is a bet.
For Hobart, Thompson has batted at No 3 and No 5 in their last two matches. And he has done a decent job if strike rate floats their boat. He could return to his No 7 slot and he may be priced accordingly at 20/1. He’s worth a nibble in case he stays up the order.
West Indies v England special on Cricket…Only Bettor