The Strikers and Scorchers will play the first ever Big Bash game on New Year’s Eve.
The Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers are set to do battle at Adelaide Oval tomorrow night in the first ever Big Bash game played on New Year’s Eve.
Two of the most talent packed teams in this year’s Big Bash League, the Strikers and Scorchers will both be looking to register their second win of the season which will keep them towards the top of the table.
Both sides head into the clash full of confidence after they both won their round two games with the Strikers beating the Thunder and the Scorchers prevailing over the Renegades.
Australian batsman Phil Hughes said that the Strikers took a lot out of their win over the Thunder.
“It was a very good win, it was one that sort of slipped away from us and then we somehow managed to peg it back. We had a belief that we could still win the game with four overs to go and Taity and Richardson’s bowling at the death was outstanding,” said Hughes.
When asked about the biggest threat in the Scorchers team, Hughes said that he expects their spinners to play a major role in tomorrow night’s game.
“We’ve seen over the last couple of years their spin attack has been outstanding in Beer and Hogg and they just keep putting the numbers on the board on whatever ground it is around Australia so they are two we are going to have to watch for,” said Hughes.
Also speaking ahead of the big game, Scorchers batsman Shaun Marsh said that his team will have to be at their best to knock off the Strikers at home.
“We had a good win last game to get us back in the competition and now we come up against a very good Adelaide team and we will have to be at our best to win,” said Marsh.
After only posting 117 runs in their win over the Renegades, Marsh said that the Scorchers batsman need to improve to post a big score on the batsman friendly Adelaide Oval pitch.
“We got out of jail the other night, we know that as a group and we know that we have to bat better and hopefully we can put that together tomorrow night,” said Marsh.
Final each team’s final 11 to be named at the toss, the Strikers have named an unchanged squad of 13 for the clash, while the Scorchers today named their squad of 13 with fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile returning after being released from the Australian squad.
With a batsman friendly pitch predicted by many, the sold out crowd can expect a great show on New Year’s Eve between these two franchises.
Written by: Joe Schwab @MeadowsWidget