The Thunder will be looking to regain some respect in Adelaide after being humiliated by the Strikers last week.
The Thunder get a quick opportunity to respond to the Strikers bowling them out for 15 but it’s not a chance their likely to take.
These are two teams whose Big Bash seasons are quickly moving in diametrically opposite directions.
The Strikers have been the tournament’s most impressive team so far, dismantling both the Sixers and Thunder in successive games. Their bowling, in particular, has been superb, with Rashid Khan back doing Rashid Khan things and Henry Thornton taking nine wickets in two games.
The Thunder’s season is on the brink of implosion. Following their now infamous capitulation to the Strikers last week, they lost not only the match to the Renegades, but also their captain and most consistent batter Jason Sangha to a broken collarbone.
The Strikers have won six straight at home and will completely outclass the Thunder again.
Short has a sensational record at the Adelaide Oval and is the clear top batting pick in this game.
The Victorian has scored 30+ runs in each of his last five innings at home, including a brilliant 84 in the Strikers’ opening match. The innings prior at home he also passed 50.
A very safe same game multi anchor and worth a throw for man of the match too.
The Thunder top order has been woeful in their opening three games and with Sangha out indefinitely, Ross should get bumped up to five after a solid start to the season.
Ross is the Thunder’s leading runscorer with 69 from three digs. Aside from a Rilee Rossouw 53 against the ‘Gades, Ross is the only player in this top six to pass 20 runs in any innings this season, and he’s done it twice.
In a horribly out-of-form batting line-up, Ross is good value in this market.
Same Game Multi
Strikers H2H / M.Short 20+ runs / R.Khan & H.Thornton 1+ wicket