The Strikers had a disappointing campaign last season with a 3-5 record so they’ll be looking to enter the finals once again. They’re missing Ben Dunk and Kieron Pollard this year in a big blow. But it opens up opportunities for their younger stars.
Key Batsman – Travis Head
Head ($59.9k) is the key for the Strikers batting lineup. He’s grown in confidence since an amazing hundred on Australia day a few years ago in Big Bash. He’s since gone on to play for Australia and will provide a steady “head” in the top order. The only danger with choosing Head is he’ll be playing in the ODI lineup during the latter stages of the Big Bash.
Key Bowler – Ben Laughlin
I rate Laughlin ($71k) has arguably the best death bowler in the Big Bash. He executes the yorker perfectly and picks up key wickets. He hasn’t played for Australia since 2013 and should play every match of the Big Bash. At 71k, he’s a solid pickup.
Young Star – Jake Weatherald
Weatherald ($45.8k) has been in great touch during the start of the season and he’ll be looking to continue his form into the Big Bash. The leftie only managed 117 runs from 7 innings last season but he’s in much better form at the moment and I can see him having a larger impact in BBL07.
International Players – Rashid Khan/Colin Ingram
The Strikers have picked up two interesting International players. Rashid Khan ($75k) from Afghanistan should enjoy bowling in the Big Bash. He averages just 15 in T20s and has taken 42 international 20/20 wickets from 27 matches for Afghanistan.
Colin Ingram ($65k) is one to watch for the Strikers. The South African provides aggressive batting and another bowling option. In T20, he averages a solid 29 with the bat and has scored 23 50s in 146 innings.
Player to watch – Alex Carey
Carey ($30k) would be close to the Australian wicket-keeping position and without Tim Ludeman, he’ll be the number 1 keeper for the Strikers. He’s coming off 139 in his last first-class match. He hasn’t been given much opportunity in T20 so I think he’ll have a good season this year.
Cheap Fantasy option – Jake Lehmann
Lehmann ($30k) hasn’t really had much time in the middle during his Big Bash career but that should change in 2017. He’s been in impressive form during the Sheffield Shield and JLT Cup this season, including talk of making the Australian test team. At $30,000, he’s super cheap and would be a great bench option.