Adelaide Strikers have added some impressive youth to their BBL|06 squad, with last season’s semi-finalists signing batsmen Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey.
The South Australian pair join the Strikers after strong campaigns for the Redbacks in the Matador Cup, with Weatherald the team’s second-highest run scorer for the entire tournament.
The 21-year-old scored 284 runs at 47.33, which included a dominant 141 from just 104 ball against the Cricket Australia XI.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Carey also knows how to find the scoreboard, and made a very impressive match-winning 75 against Western Australia in Perth during the tournament.
Adelaide coach Jason Gillespie was pleased his side could secure both players, and is looking forward to seeing them work over the summer.
“They’re two young players who are giving our squad real depth and they’ll certainly be pushing that final eleven,”Gillespie said.
“Their dynamic style of play strengthens our squad and puts pressure back on the bowlers, and I’m really forward to working with them this summer.”
The pair were excited to get stuck into Big Bash training, as both Weatherald and Carey look to grab their opportunity with both hands.
“Fingers crossed I can deliver some big hitting and find those boundaries,” Weatherald said.
“My selection was a surprise but I feel like I’m ready for the challenge coming in and I can’t wait to get started now.
“Adelaide probably has the best crowds in the world and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Carey added, “I’m very excited to get amongst the Strikers and meet all the guys interstate and all the guys that are here.”
“It did come as a surprise but I’ve been working within this group with my big hitting and aggression at the top and it’s something I definitely want to bring to the BBL.
“I want to perform at this level and really put my name up for the shorter format.”