The Big Bash is heating up, with the Strikers trying to cement a Finals position and the Stars just trying to wow their home fans at the MCG and (potentially) come off the bottom of the ladder.
With international stars Travis Head and Alex Carey back in the squad for Adelaide, their batting roster looks to be the best in the competition.
As for the Stars, they have been plagued by injuries and have lost international signings en route to this game and will struggle to score big on those huge borders.
Melbourne Stars: $2.30
Adelaide Strikers: $1.65
(odds via bet365, betr)
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The Stars Bowls’ Adam Zampa during the Men’s Big Bash League game against the Hobart Hurricanes. Image: Steve Bell/Getty Images
TURN TO LEAD THE WAY
Adam Zampa has the most wickets in BBL history from a spinner and with a bad bowling lineup he needs to take the bulk of his team’s wickets.
He loves playing in the MCG which bounces perfectly for his top spin and should get at least two wickets again in this match.
- Adam Zampa 2+ wickets: $2.75 (via bet365)
Ben Manenti was great for South Australia in top-flight cricket and has now carried that form into the Big Bash for Adelaide.
His quick armball and ability to attack the stumps will do well on this speedy Melbourne court and just like the last game, he’s set to pick up a few more wickets.
The Strikers’ Matt Short pays tribute to the crowd after a century against the Hurricanes. Image: Mark Brake/Getty Images
Adelaide’s Matt Short is a big bash specialist, having finished in the top three in most runs last season and is currently second this season with a whopping 44 run average.
His power is great to see but his ability to hit 360 degrees around the ground makes him one of Australia’s top T20 batsmen.
Without lead bowler Trent Boult, Stars’ bowling stocks have plummeted and not to the levels needed to dump Strikers openings on the cheap.
- Highest Opening Partnership – Adelaide Strikers: $1.93 (via Betr)
The Stars have won just one of their last seven games and don’t have the class or depth to rival the competition’s best teams.
Short will relish the opportunity to climb to the top of the BBL12 heats leaderboard and lead the Strikers to a well-deserved finals spot.
- Adelaide Strikers runs the most – Matt Short: $3.80 (via Betr)
The Strikers have a strong batting lineup that looks strong up to the number eight.
Unlike the Stars, the Strikers will not have to rely on their top players in this game and will keep the Melbourne Stars at the bottom of the rankings.
THE CHOICE: Adelaide Strikers H2H: $1.65 (via Betr)
[all odds as of January 11]
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