Big Bash League preview: Adelaide Strikers team guide
The Adelaide Strikers are hoping to put last season's poor results behind them.
Arguably one of the most stable teams in the BBL, the Adelaide Strikers did not enjoy a particularly fruitful season last summer. They finished seventh and failed to qualify for the finals. It hurt even more given that they were coming off a dream BBL|07, when they won their first title.
However, the team are optimistic about BBL|09, having signed some talented players like Phil Salt and Harry Conway. They also said goodbye to Ben Laughlin and Colin Ingram but are hoping the new additions will compensate for the loss.
Players like Travis Head and Alex Carey will be away for international duties, so it will be interesting to see how the Strikers deal with the temporary departures – a hurdle that ended up affecting them last year.
How to watch Adelaide Strikers BBL matches
Cricket fans can watch matches of the Adelaide Strikers live and free. While some games are on Channel 7, only Kayo and Foxtel have all matches live, courtesy of Fox Cricket. For more details, check out our guide on how to watch the Big Bash League.
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Stream BBL on Kayo Sports
All Adelaide Strikers matches will be streamed live on Kayo Sports. You can access the platform with a Basic subscription for $25/month, which lets you watch on two screens at the same time. Or, you can get a Premium subscription for $35/month, which supports three simultaneous streams.
Kayo Sports offers great features like SplitView, which enables users to watch up to four videos at once on the same screen. Read more about the service in our detailed Kayo Sports review. The platform works via web, mobile devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV and Chromecast.
Watch Adelaide Strikers on Foxtel
To follow the Adelaide Strikers on Fox Cricket you will need a Foxtel IQ subscription with the Sports HD pack. This is on top of the basic Foxtel Plus pack, which comes with a wide range of entertainment channels.
Subscribers can watch on TV or stream matches to their laptops or mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app. The app is free with all Foxtel subscriptions. Users also get the the iQ4, the set-top box that lets you record live TV and watch content in 4K quality.
Adelaide Strikers matches stream on Foxtel Now as well. You can watch live via the Internet with the Sport channel pack, priced at $29/month. You will also need to get the base Essentials channel pack, which is $25/month for a mix of pop and lifestyle channels. New customers get a 10-day free trial.
Foxtel Now is available on laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app. Or, you can access the platform on selected smart TVs, Chromecast/AirPlay, Telstra TV, PS4 and the Foxtel Now box.
Adelaide Strikers schedule
The Adelaide Strikers start the new BBL season against Sydney Thunder on Saturday 21 December. Here are the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|09:
|Date||Match||Venue||Time (AEDT)||Where to watch|
|Sat, 21 Dec||Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers||TBC||6:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Mon, 23 Dec||Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers||Adelaide Oval||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Fri, 27 Dec||Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers||Metricon Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 29 Dec||Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers||Marvel Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Tue, 31 Dec||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder||Adelaide Oval||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 5 Jan||Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers||TBC||6:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Wed, 8 Jan||Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers||Adelaide Oval||3:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Sun, 12 Jan||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades||Adelaide Oval||3:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Tue, 14 Jan||Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers||The Gabba||3:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Fri, 17 Jan||Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat||Adelaide Oval||3:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Sun, 19 Jan||Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers||University of Tasmania Stadium||2:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Wed, 22 Jan||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars||Adelaide Oval||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Fri, 24 Jan||Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers||Optus Stadium||9:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 26 Jan||Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Adelaide Oval||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
Adelaide Strikers squad
Besides the transfers mentioned earlier, the Adelaide Strikers also brought in Cameron White from the Renegades. Fan favourite Rashid Khan returns for another year as well. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|09 season:
|Player||Age||Caps||Position||Batting rank||Bowling rank||Allrounder rank|
|Travis Head (c)||25||72||Batter||>100||>100||>100|
Adelaide Strikers history
The Adelaide Strikers are coached by Jason Gillespie, with Travis Head the captain. They play their home games at the Adelaide Oval.
The team's BBL campaigns overall have been a mixed bag. They failed to qualify for the finals the first three years, but reached the semi-finals the following two. Additionally, they won BBL|07 after managing to beat the Hobart Hurricanes in the final.
Since BBL03, the Strikers have hosted a popular home match on 31 December every year, against different opponents. In 2019, they'll be facing Sydney Thunder.
Image source: Adelaide Strikers website
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