Adelaide vs Brisbane Dream11 Prediction, BBL Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Updates For Match 3 of BBL 2023-24

The Adelaide Oval is set to come alive on December 9, as the Adelaide Strikers kick off their Big Bash League 2023-24 campaign against the Brisbane Heat. After Heat’s convincing victory over the Melbourne Stars in their opening match, the Strikers, led by Matthew Short, aim to start their season on a positive note. Here’s a detailed preview of the upcoming clash:

Team Updates: Changes and Signings

The Strikers, who finished 7th last season, have undergone some changes. Notably, Rashid Khan has withdrawn due to a back injury, and David Payne has been signed as his replacement. The team features two international picks from the draft – Jamie Overton and Adam Hose. D’Arcy Short, a consistent performer for Hobart Hurricanes, has joined the Strikers on a two-year deal.

Brisbane Heat, led by Colin Munro, had a stellar start to the season, posting a massive total of 214 against the Melbourne Stars. Munro’s unbeaten 99 was a highlight, and the bowlers, led by Mitchell Swepson, showcased their prowess. Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne are absent due to national team commitments.

Also check: ADS vs BRH Match Prediction – Who will win today’s BBL match?

Probable Playing XI: Key Players to Watch

Adelaide Strikers:

  • MW Short (C)
  • DJM Short
  • CA Lynn
  • AJ Hose
  • J Weatherald
  • HJ Nielsen (wk)
  • J Overton
  • CJ Boyce
  • WA Agar
  • Henry Thornton
  • BAD Manenti

Brisbane Heat:

  • C Munro (C)
  • Josh Brown
  • Sam Billings (wk)
  • Max Bryant
  • Jack Wildermuth
  • PI Walter
  • Michael Neser
  • Xavier Bartlett
  • SH Johnson
  • Mitchell Swepson
  • Matthew Kuhnemann

Injury and Availability News

Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne are unavailable, busy preparing for the first Test against Pakistan. Colin Munro will lead the Strikers in Khawaja’s absence.

Pitch Report and Playing Conditions

The Adelaide Oval is expected to provide support to the batters, with an average first innings score of 173 in the last five T20 matches. Teams winning the toss might opt to bowl, considering the conditions.

Fantasy Sports Picks: Captains, Top Choices, and Budget Picks

Captains:

  • Colin Munro (HEA | BAT): Player of the Match in the first game, scoring an unbeaten 99.
  • Matthew Short (STR | ALL): Appointed Strikers’ skipper, second-highest run-scorer last season.

Top:

  • Max Bryant (HEA | BAT): Vast BBL experience with 1179 runs at a strike rate of 133.98.
  • Sam Billings (HEA | WK): Consistent performer with 1032 runs in BBL at a strike rate of 141.95.

Budget:

  • Michael Neser (HEA | ALL): Leading wicket-taker for Heat last season with 26 wickets.
  • Paul Walter (HEA | ALL): BBL debutant with one wicket in the first game.

Players to Avoid in Fantasy Team

  • Usman Khawaja (HEA | BAT): Unavailable for BBL due to national team commitments.
  • Marnus Labuschagne (HEA | BAT): Busy preparing for the first Test against Pakistan.

Head To Head

Wicket Keeper: Sam Billings
Batter: Max Bryant, Colin Munro
All Rounder: Michael Neser, Paul Walter, Matthew Short, Jamie Overton
Bowler: Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson

Grand League

Wicket Keeper: Sam Billings
Batter: Chris Lynn, Colin Munro
All Rounder: Michael Neser, Paul Walter, Matthew Short
Bowler: Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson

As the Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat gear up for an exciting clash, cricket fans can anticipate a thrilling contest between bat and ball at the Adelaide Oval. With key players in the spotlight, fantasy teams will be meticulously crafted, hoping to strike the perfect balance for an entertaining evening of T20 action.

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