'Let’s Get it Started' by the Black Eyed Peas is the song both the BBL and WBBL Adelaide Strikers walk out to each match. We’re no experts in cricket, but we do like numbers, so let’s get your office cricket conversations started:
Here are 12 things you may not have known about the Adelaide Strikers!
- 988 is the amount of BBL runs the highest scoring Striker, Travis Head, currently has to his name. His highest score in a single innings: 101 (not out) on New Year’s Eve in BBL05.
- Five Strikers have made a BBL or WBBL century: Alex Carey, Travis Head, Jake Weatherald, Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine.
- Four bats are kept in opening batsman, Jake Weatherald’s bag for each game!
- 6/11 are the best bowling figures for a Striker held by New Zealand leg-spinner, Ish Sodhi (BBL06). These are the second best figures in BBL history.
- One team the WBBL Strikers have never beaten: the Sydney Sixers.
- 18 was the age left-arm spin bowler, Alex Price chose cricket over AFL. She played in the first AFL women’s exhibition match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs and won Port Adelaide’s senior best and fairest at the age of 16.
- First – the Adelaide Strikers were the first BBL team to sign a player from Afghanistan. Rashid Khan was contracted in BBL07 and quickly became a fan favourite!
- Three choices for the Strikers’ drink bottles during games and training: water, Hydralyte or Powerade.
- Eight current Strikers have earned a Baggy Green, including both head coaches, Jason Gillespie and Andrea McCauley. McCauley played one Test for Australia in 1990 but was given her Baggy Green in 2006 as it only used to be the men who received them. Others to represent Australia at Test level are Sarah Coyte, Travis Head, Tahlia McGrath, Megan Schutt, Peter Siddle and Amanda-Jade Wellington.
- 201 (not out)is Strikers’ BBL Head Coach, Jason Gillespie’s highest Test match score for Australia. He wasn’t even a batter, but a fast bowler, and scored this double ton on his 31st birthday.
- Zero phone access is given to players and coaches during a match. Their phones are locked in a box from when they enter the change rooms until well after the final ball is bowled.
- Five types of high performance, game day staff for each the BBL and WBBL Strikers: a head coach, physiotherapist, a strength and conditioning coach, a batting coach and a bowling coach.
When the season starts, and you’re undoubtedly thrown into cricket conversations, bring out any one of these Strikers stats – you’re guaranteed to bowl them over!
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