We take a look at the odds and teams for Friday’s (23/12/2016) Big Bash League match between Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers and give our tip and value tip for the match. The game is set to be played at the WACA in Perth with the home team Perth Scorchers going into the match as favourites.
When: 21:15 | Friday 23/12/2016
Despite the Perth Scorchers having their first match of the season we will be going with them based on their line-up and last years season where they were very good. The Strikers scored well in their only match but were still comprehensively beaten so we think it will be a close match and perhaps the Scorchers a little under decent value looking at the odds. Ian Bell has been cleared of injury to play and we think he will be the Scorchers top scorer in the match.
Perth Scorchers squad
Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Ian Bell, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey
Adelaide Strikers squad
Brad Hodge (c), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jonathon Dean, Ben Dunk, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Tim Ludeman, Michael Neser, Kieron Pollard, Kane Richardson, Craig Simmons, Kelvin Smith, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald
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Kvitova scratched from Hopman Cup
Petra Kvitova has suffered an Australian Open setback, with the dual Wimbledon champion ruled out of the Hopman Cup with a foot injury.
Kvitova has been recovering from a stress fracture and needs more time to regain full health ahead of the season-opening grand slam at Melbourne Park.
“I am so disappointed I will be unable to play at the Hopman Cup. The results of an MRI have confirmed that my foot is healing but not as quickly as we would have liked,” Kvitova said.
“The Hopman Cup is a fantastic event and I’m sorry I won’t be able to represent my country in front of the great fans there.”
Three-time doubles grand slam champion and two-time Olympic medallist Lucie Hradecka will replace the world No.11 for the Czech Republic at the Hopman Cup starting on New Year’s Day.
Hradecka will make her debut in Perth when she partners world No.75 Adam Pavlasek.
The pair will open the first day of play at the tournament against the United States’ Jack Sock and Coco Vandeweghe.
Thirty-one-year-old Hradecka is an experienced doubles player who has won 21 doubles titles, including a US Open and French Open women’s doubles title and a mixed title at Roland Garros.
In singles, her biggest win to date was against Ana Ivanovic in the first round of the Australian Open in 2015.
The right-hander has represented the Czech Republic at Fed Cup level since 2010 and in two Olympic Games. She holds one silver and bronze Olympic gold medal in women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Hopman Cup field (ATP and WTA rankings as of 20 December 2016):
Australia – 13-Nick Kyrgios and 25-Daria Gavrilova
Czech Republic – 75-Adam Pavlasek and 165-Lucie Hradecka
France – 18-Richard Gasquet and 42-Kristina Mladenovic
Germany – 24-Alexander Zverev and 55-Andrea Petkovic
Great Britain – 66-Daniel Evans and 76-Heather Watson
Spain – 28-Feliciano Lopez and 66-Lara Arruabarrena
Switzerland -16-Roger Federer and 43-Belinda Bencic
USA -23-Jack Sock and 36-Coco Vandeweghe