BBL Fantasy 2013/14: Adelaide Strikers Preview

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Adelaide Strikers


The Adelaide Strikers had a poor first season in the Big Bash League, and didn’t do much better in the second edition. Much like the Sydney Thunder, they are very reliant on one or two players, and that brings about their downfall when they get out or don’t take wickets. Their batting (apart from Klinger, Ferguson and Hales) isn’t brilliant (Hughes I haven’t seen in the T20 format enough to comment on whether he’s good or not).

Their bowling is slightly better. Botha is a warrior and has vast experience. He’s a good choice to captain the side. Richardson can mix it up a bit, and Tait can bowl fire on his day. Their fourth bowler will be interesting, a toss up between Zampa, Putland and Holland. Lawford could come into consideration as well.

Team XI for GW 1

  1. Alex Hales
  2. Michael Klinger
  3. Phillip Hughes
  4. Callum Ferguson
  5. Nathan Reardon
  6. Tim Ludeman
  7. Andrew McDonald/Michael Neser.
  8. Johan Botha
  9. Kane Richardson
  10. Shaun Tait/Gary Putland
  11. Adam Zampa/Jon Holland


None that I’m aware of.

International vacancies

Alex Hales could get called up to the English team for the ODI series if he plays particularly well.


There are no real ‘locks’ in the Adelaide team.


  • Jono Dean, Ben Oakley. Won’t be playing a lot.
  • Adam Zampa and Jon Holland, until you know for sure which one will probably partner Botha, if they select two spinners at all.

Value Players

  • Michael Klinger is a decent option because he will more than likely open, and he has been in decent form. Worth a shout at 76k.
  • Travis Head, if he plays would almost be a lock for your team. Only 32k.
  • Jon Holland and Adam Zampaare very decent options for your fifth bowlers slot. You just have to see if they will play.


As I said above, Adelaide has been mediocre this season, and I can’t see how this is going to change this season. Apart from Klinger, Ferguson and Hales, none of their batsmen are really brilliant. Their bowlers are pretty decent, with the X-factor of Shaun Tait thrown in, they will have to play a really big role if Adelaide are to get anywhere near the finals. Bottom four.

I know the Hurricanes preview was released yesterday, but I thought I’d attach a link to a page that has an interview with Travis Birt. You can see that interview here.

Written by Zeus O’Dea, founder of and author for Fantasy Cricket Galore.

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EDIT: There was a bit of confusion about why I said that you should avoid Tim Ludeman because he won’t be playing, then listing him in my GW1 XI. My apologies. I wrote the ‘locks’, ‘blocks’ and ‘value players’ before I wrote the XI, and assumed that Adelaide had another, better keeper, thus Ludeman was a ‘block’. However, when I looked at Adelaide’s list, I realised they didn’t have another keeper, and had to include him in the side. I didn’t go back and proof-read the article afterwards, hence the mistake. This has now been corrected.


To clarify though, you should still avoid Ludeman, as there are cheaper and better keeper options out there. 



  • Hi Zeus, I have enjoyed this series, thanks. Surprised with your comment about Ludeman, he will play every game and is the only keeper in the squad. However, he provides no value. Darren Berry loves spin in this format and I think Holland is a certainty to play, I am contemplating him as my fourth bowler. Thanks again to you and Feathertop for all your efforts in these write ups.

    • Hey Gary, thanks for the compliment mate! It does make the hard work worthwhile when people say things like that!

      Yeah, sorry about the Ludeman mistake, I clarify that in the edit above.


  • Hughes averages 50 odd in T20, great batsman.Everyone in the top 6 is a good T20 batsman.

    • Richardson best T20 bowler in the BBL last year? Tait one of the best of all time? Botha also great in this format, McDonald can keep it tidy.
      Love playing 2 spinners down at Adelaide Oval and may play 3 throughout the tournament.
      Ludeman a very good finisher in this format. Adelaide Oval to become a fortress.
      Strikers to make finals I reckon

      • Yeah Richardson is clearly their best bowler. Botha is probably second best. Tait is like Johnson, great when he’s good but completely crap when he’s bad. He’s a bit erratic.

        Yeah I’m not totally sure about three spinners, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they played two.

        I just can’t see them squeezing out teams like the Renegades or Scorchers or Hurricanes.

        • I doubt the Thunder or Sixers will make finals, but in that top 6 its very even. The only locks I have are Stars and Scorchers. Heat were pretty lucky to even make finals last year honestly! Strikers look improved, Hurricanes look well rounded and Renegades also look like a solid team. May struggle without Finchy though. It’s going to be a great competition!

  • Loved the interview with Birt especially this question!!!

    Q7. Looking at your squad, it seems extremely solid, but one thing that stands out to me is your bowling depth. A few blokes I am interested in are Mennie and Boyce, how are these boys tracking and will they get many opportunities?

    • Cheers mate! Yeah, the other writers and I were hoping that it’d bring a bit of traffic, plus (hopefully) it would clear up a few concerns we had with the Hurricanes.

  • I disagree about your comment about their batting. Ludeman and Reardon had decent big bash seasons from memory, plus if McDonald is fit he adds good depth coming in at 7

    • Same with Botha at 8!

    • In addition to that, Head is an attacking batsmen and is hitting form in the shield, could be a break out BBL season for him. I’m surprised Ludeman is a block, in his bio on the big bash site

      “‘Ludes’ was the form keeper/batsman in BBL|02 and came of age last summer. In his first stint with the Strikers”

      Average of 30.83 in last BBL season including a 71 off 43. Surely a lock for at least reserve keeper?

    • Yeah sorry guys about the Ludeman mistake, I went in and corrected that in the bit labelled ‘EDIT’ above.

      Also, yeah Head is an attacking bat, but who would you take out to put him in? The closest would be Reardon, but he’s just as attacking and has more experience.