Peter Siddle will make his Melbourne Renegades debut in an all but dead rubber against the Strikers in Adelaide on Wednesday night.
The Adelaide Strikers hope to keep their faint Big Bash hopes alive when the Melbourne Renegades bring Test paceman Peter Siddle to the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday night.
Siddle will make his Big Bash debut, having abandoned the format for three years in favour of long-form and one-day cricket.
The Victorian paceman had signed to play T20 for English county side Essex in 2012, but withdrew with a back injury.
His last game in cricket’s shortest form was in January 2011, with just 18 T20 matches in his career.
Strikers spinner Jon Holland, who named Muthiah Muralithuran as the key bowler, said the Strikers were upset with their late season fade out.
“We’ve been pretty frustrated with the way we’ve performed,” he said.
“To look like we’re going to miss out on the finals is really disappointing.”
The Strikers will rest Phil Hughes for the match, while Test aspirant Alex Doolan will travel to Adelaide with the Renegades.
Adelaide need to win and hope the Hobart Hurricanes do them two favours to make the final four.
The Hurricanes need to lose, and badly if possible, to the league-leading Stars at the MCG on Tuesday night but then recover for a home win against Brisbane Heat on Thursday, allowing the Strikers to sneak home on run rate.
The mathematical possibility is unlikely to have Strikers players cancelling short February getaways before the Sheffield Shield resumes on the 12th.