All Eyes on Weatherald as Strikers Eye Victory in Iconic NYE Clash vs Thunder!

31 Dec 2021

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The Adelaide Strikers have been woeful in BBL 2021-22 with the absence of Alex Carey hitting them hard. The former BBL champions have often struggled to get a big score with the bat with only Matt Short standing out with his explosive batting ability. While their bowling attack, led by Rashid Khan, has held its own at times, their batting has let them down.

Criticism can be put on the shoulders of Jake Weatherald, who has been a shadow of his usual self for the Strikers this season. After a stunning 400+ run season last time around, the southpaw has underwhelmed with just one fifty after six games. While Matt Short has gone about his work in fine fashion, Weatherald hasn't really followed suit, which has intrigued fans and Sixer fantasy shareholders. Walking along the same lines, here's some much-needed insight as we look forward to another exciting NYE clash at the Adelaide Oval!

Poor Form Mars Weatherald's Season - Behind the Numbers!

The number don't lie for Weatherald, who has experienced poor form in this season of the Big Bash League. He has scored just 104 runs in 6 matches with his price decreasing to a sub-40 Sixer Coins per Share price. In addition, Weatherald has averaged a match score of 32.28, which is his lowest since his BBL debut nearly half a decade ago. The southpaw has failed to hit his strides this season but to get an understanding of how low he has fallen, his 2020-21 numbers are to be looked into.

Weatherald had a stellar season last time around, scoring 433 runs at an average of 36.08. The fact that his average has dropped by more than 50% is more worrying than this stock price decrease. However, the BBL isn't a six-game affair, is it? The major reasoning behind his slump in form is a bit of good bowling and a bit of pure tough luck. While the new ball bowling in the competition has been bang on the mark in general, Weatherald, being the player he is, is expected to come out on top more often than not. However, that hasn't been the case.

Weatherald is an explosive talent whose powerplay overs antics set him apart. He takes apart attack with his all-out attack approach, which has worked well for him and his partners in the past. However, with Alex Carey departing, Weatherald has taken over the anchor role, which isn't quite suited to his style. Although Matt Short has taken over from Weatherald with aplomb, Weatherald is still finding his feet in regards to the anchor role. But again, a man can only be confined for so long. Given the talent that Weatherald possesses, it may just be a matter of a few big hits out of the middle, something that the Strikers fans will be hoping for in this game. With a decent record at the Adelaide Oval to fall back on as well, Weatherald is surely one to keep tabs on in this league. Adding in the momentum factor that comes with one good knock, you wouldn't want to miss out on a potentially world-class talent at a sub-40 Sixer Coin price!

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