Match 8 of the BBL season 2020-2021 will witness Hobart hurricanes taking on Adelaide strikers at aurora stadium. Hobart Hurricanes have started the season on high as they have won the two games they have played so far and they are in the second position in the points table. Several T20 stars are set to play this season as there is no international cricket being scheduled as of now. Mathew wade is fresh after the stunning performance against India in the recently concluded t20 series. He is back to lead the side and team has got several international stars like D’arcy Short and James Faulkner. D’arcy Short has made a golden duck in the last game so he might look to bounce back to his rhythm and James Faulkner has displayed his bowling skills in the last game. So if this trio is on the song then there will not be no stopping for Hobart hurricanes this season.
Adelaide strikers on another hand have suffered an 11-run defeat in their first encounter and they will look to bounce back today. They have also got the players like Rashid khan who is recently declared as the all-time most valuable player along with matt Renshaw and Peter Siddle who can turn the tables at any point of the game. Johan Botha who came out of the retirement has also bowled well in their opening game. Adelaide Strikers line-up will also be bolstered with the return of international stars like Alex Carey who is all set to take up the leadership role from Peter Siddle and future icon ben McDermott who is returned to the side after the second warm-up game against India. It makes Adelaide strikers a well-balanced outfit.
Expected Playing XI:
Will Jacks, D Arcy Short, Colin Ingram, Peter Handscomb, Macalister Wright, Tim David, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Johan Botha, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith
Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Alex Carey (wk), Jonathan Wells, Ryan Gibson, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Peter Siddle (c), Wes Agar, Danny Briggs
Aurora Stadium in Launceston is known for its bowler-friendly nature and today is also expected to be no different from it. The average score in this pitch is 119 and has got the history of helping the seam-bowlers. Being the first game in this season both the teams are quite unsure about the nature of the wicket. So the team that won the toss will look to bowl today and make use of the conditions in a better manner.
Players to watch out for:
Fresh after the stunning batting against India Mathew wade will be looking to repeat the same in BBL too. With T20 world is in next year the strong BBL performance will help him to find a place in Australia’s world cup squad.
No doubt Alex Carey is slowing developing himself as the best lower-order batsmen and wicket-keeper for Australia in Odi’s. But when it comes to T20 he is lagging a bit. This BBL season will be the ideal opportunity for him to cement his place in T20 as well.
Both the teams are well-balanced with the arrival of international stars but considering the current form, Hobart hurricanes have got more changes to emerge as victorious.