Sydney Thunder host their first home game of the Big Bash League season at ANZ Stadium on Friday night as Adelaide Strikers make their way to Sydney’s west. The Thunder are now without a win in two years, although that last win 15 games ago was against the same opposition.
At certain stages of the opening game against the Sixers, the Thunder looked capable of notching that sought after win. Unfortunately, that was largely down to the opening partnership between David Warner and Usman Khawaja – neither of whom are available for this game. Warner has returned to the Ashes squad for the Boxing Day Test, while Khawaja suffered a calf injury in the process of notching the Thunder’s top score against the Sixers.
The Thunder will look to the likes of Eoin Morgan and captain Mike Hussey to come up with the big scores this time. They will also be concerned about how dramatically their run rate fell on Saturday night after the first wickets fell.
It is difficult to asses where the Adelaide Strikers are at in terms of form as their opening game in Hobart was rained off with only six overs played. Even in that time it was made clear for all to see that the Strikers have a special talent at their disposal in Alex Hales. His incredible 49 of just 19 balls would have caught the attention of bowling attacks throughout the competition.
The short boundaries at ANZ Stadium are sure to provide plenty of entertainment as batsmen will be encouraged to go for a maximum at any opportunity. Let’s hope Sydney’s miserable Christmas weather clears up in time to let the Thunder have a crack at breaking that long losing streak.
Friday 27th December, ANZ Stadium Homebush 19:40
Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers