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Adelaide Strikers seek revival against Perth Scorchers

Mitchell Johnson is set to make his debut in Big Bash League alongside Ian Bell
Mitchell Johnson is set to make his debut in Big Bash League alongside Ian Bell

Fifth match, Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers
23rd December, WACA, 18:15 local | 10:15 GMT

After losing their first game to Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Strikers will be hoping to make amends in the clash against Perth Scorchers, who play their first game of the Big Bash League 2015-16 campaign on Thursday at WACA.

Bowling will be the biggest concern for the Strikers as apart from Chris Jordan, Kieron Pollard and to some extent Liam O'Connor, all looked ordinary and conceded 206 runs to Brisbane Heat in their opening game.

Even though, Jake Weatherald and Ben Dunk gave a promising start, the middle order including the likes of Travis Head and Brad Hodge failed to capitalise on it as the succumbed to a 10-run defeat. They have made one change to their squad replacing Wes Agar with Billy Stanlake.

Perth Scorchers have one of the most formidable batting team with Michael Klinger, Adam Voges, Cameron Bancroft and England's Ian Bell up their ranks.

Mitchell Johnson will be making his debut in BBL and will have the company of Nathan Coulter-Nile, David Willey and the ever reliable all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. Both teams had top three finish in the league table last year, setting up an intriguing contest.

Face to Face:

In the two times, they faced each other in the previous season, Adelaide Strikers emerged victorious.

In the first game, Scorchers scored 151 in their 20 overs with useful contributions from Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges responding to which Adelaide Strikes reached down the target in the final over with four wickets in hand.

In their second encounter, Mahela Jayawardene, Travis Head and a cameo from Brad Hodge helped Strikers post 174 batting first and Scorchers could manage only 138 with Adil Rashid picking a three-wicket haul.

Squads from:

Perth Scorchers: Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Ian Bell, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Cameron Valente, Sam Whiteman, David Willey

Adelaide Strikers: Brad Hodge (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Travis Head, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Liam O'Connor, Kieron Pollard, Kane Richardson, Kelvin Smith, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald

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