Hundred hero Weatherald proud to repay Strikers' faith

Arnold Nichols
February 6, 2018

After completion of the BBL final, the trio will return to the Australian fold for the tri-series game versus England to be played at Blundstone Arena, in Hobart, on Wednesday (February 7).

Scheduling and format complexities make it next to impossible for Cricket Australia to impose a set policy for player availability for the Big Bash League, the tournament's chief Kim McConnie has admitted.

The competition was so hard between Renegades and Strikers and it was luck that Strikers laughed finally.

Head didn't even expect to play in the semi-final; he was only released about 24 hours before the game when told he had missed Australian T20 selection.

Weatherald again delivered a clutch performance when it mattered most, having made 66 and 96 in his first domestic Sheffield Shield final in 2016. On the other hand, Renegades also played semi final once. So, Strikers will face Hurricanes in final and would probably beat them there.

Earlier, Adelaide Strikers won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

Weatherald was ably supported by captain Travis Head with an unbeaten 44 off 29 balls, but rather than focus on his performance the Australia global hailed the Strikers' unity as they claimed the title in their first final.

The 23-year-old has scored 383 runs during the BBL07 from 12 innings at an average of just under 32, but the form he has showed in the final and two innings before (57 and 56) will surely have put Australian selectors on notice.

And the classy left-hander proved the difference, smacking an unbeaten 85 from 57 balls in Adelaide's 5-178. They lost four wickets.

McConnie said the release of Head, Carey and Short for the tournament final was an example of the sort of flexibility that would need to remain in future, rather than CA imposing a single policy for player availability that all clubs could then work around.

The duo combined for a 104-run second-wicket partnership from only 76 balls.

Bravo's fellow West Indian Kieron Pollard was afforded a chance in the 17th over when he skied a high ball to Jake Lehmann at deep mid-on, but the Striker horribly misjudged and the ball landed metres behind him.

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