The Adelaide Strikers have yet another strong bowling line-up this season, and quick Harry Conway believes it should help them gain some consistency in BBL|11.
Last year Adelaide finished fifth and were knocked out in the Eliminator against the Brisbane Heat. Since then, they lost imports Phil Salt and Danny Brigs, alongside Michael Neser to the Heat.
However, they have brought back Rashid Khan and English fast bowler George Garton, who’s taken 49 wickets in 41 T20 matches. They’ve also signed Fawad Ahmed, who brings 150 matches and 155 wickets of T20 experience.
Conway told media at the BBL Launch Day in Sydney that he believes they can now share the load when it comes to wickets.
“We’ve seen over the last couple of years that Peter and Wes have been outstanding, they’ve taken a lot of wickets for us,” Conway said.
“If we can share that load a little bit more with a fifth bowler, obviously myself, Fawad, Dan Worrall is a very good bowler. We think we do; we stack up certainly well with the ball.”
The Strikers and Conway are particularly excited about what leg-spin duo Fawad Ahmed and Rashid Khan can do.
“I know that we went out and got Fawad Ahmed, we’re really excited about what he can do in tandem with Rashid Khan.”
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Khan will be back for a fifth season in Adelaide. He’s played 50 matches for the franchise, taking 72 wickets at a ridiculous average of 17.5 and every 16.2 balls.
Conway with the show of loyalty to Adelaide despite other potential offers from different clubs.
“He’s shown a lot of loyalty, he’s obviously got a lot of offers and bids from other clubs, for him to show that loyalty means a lot to the club.”
Conway’s also learnt a lot from him, including about his way of life outside of cricket and his experience in T20 cricket.
“Learning those kinds of things about different people and different cultures is awesome because we don’t get that opportunity if it’s just a domestic competition,” he said.
“Alongside that playing experience that they get around the world, they impart that wisdom onto guys like myself that just play domestic cricket, it’s invaluable.”
And whilst he has hopes of finishing higher than fifth, Conway knows it’ll be a challenge for the Strikers when both their captain and vice captain will miss out on majority of BBL|11.
“We weren’t very consistent, and I think it’s gonna be a huge challenge without Travis [Head] and Alex [Carey], obviously big losses if they are away for long portions of the summer.”
The Strikers open their season against the Melbourne Renegades on Tuesday, December 7.
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