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Big Bash preview: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder

Adelaide Strikers play host to Sydney Thunder at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday evening, with both sides in search of a first win of the new Big Bash season.

Both teams have played just once to date, although the Strikers saw their opener at the same venue against Brisbane Heat completely washed out.

The Thunder lost their opening fixture, losing out by 20 runs to the Heat at the Manuka Oval in Canberra as they were bowled out for 131, meaning that there is already plenty riding on this showdown in South Australia.

WhatAdelaide Strikers v Syndey Thunder
WhereAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
When18:15 (AEST), Tuesday 19th December
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsAdelaide Strikers 1.72, Syndey Thunder 2.10

Short crucial to Strikers' hopes

All-rounder Matt Short enjoyed a standout season for the Strikers last time around, hitting 458 runs and taking 11 wickets to be named as the BBL Player of the Tournament.

He has now been given the captaincy of the Adelaide outfit and will have to find a way for his side to prosper despite the absence of star Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who is sidelined with a back injury.

Experienced English left-arm seamer David Payne has been signed as the overseas replacement for Rashid, while the Strikers also added to their squad on Monday as they drafted in Josh Kann.

Kann shone as he was the leading run-scorer and leading wicket-taker in SACA Premier Cricket’s West End Twenty20 Cup and he takes the place of Travis Head, who is away on international duty.

Kann has previously featured in three BBL games for Hobart Hurricanes and he could prove to be a very shrewd addition if he is able to carry on his outstanding recent form on a bigger stage.

Alex Carey joins Head in being absent due to Baggy Greens duty, but the Strikers have plenty of top-order power in the shape of Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short and English batter Adam Hose.

Lynn is the leading all-time runscorer in the BBL and he can be backed at 2.10 to open up against the Thunder by making 30+ runs, while he is 4.33 to be Team - Top Batter.

Seamers Wes Agar and Henry Thornton were the standout performers with the ball for the Strikers last season and the pace duo remain in place for this season.

Thunder look light on batting

While the Strikers have yet to take to the field in the BBL this season, the Thunder’s one outing was a disappointing one, as they were on the wrong end of the result against the Heat.

Having restricted the Brisbane outfit to 151-7 from their 20 overs, with rising star Tanveer Sangha taking 3-21, the Thunder were bowled out 20 runs short of their target with six balls to spare.

New signing Cameron Bancroft his quality in making 25 from 19 balls and his partnership at the top of the order with former England batter Alex Hales looks like being crucial if the Thunder are to enjoy a strong season.

Hales was dismissed for a golden duck against the Heat, having made 254 runs at a strike-rate of 141 for the Thunder last season - a total beaten by Ollie Davies, Matt Gilkes and Alex Ross.

With the ball the sight of recent national team call-up Sangha impressing straight away will have come as a massive boost, as he missed the whole of the previous BBL campaign due to injury.

The 22-year-old Sydney native took four wickets on his T20I debut for Australia against South Africa in Durban at the end of August and a strong Big Bash showing would only strengthen the view that a long and successful career lies ahead for the talented young leggie.

Sangha is 4.00 to be Team - Top Bowler on Tuesday, while left-arm seamer Daniel Sams - who recently signed a contract extension - is available at 4.50.

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