Hodge: Strikers’ BBL title hopes pretty much over

“I thought we were pretty much dust after today”

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Adelaide Strikers captain Brad Hodge has admitted that his side’s chances of winning the Big Bash League (BBL) are likely all but over following their two-wicket loss to the Melbourne Stars on Tuesday.

With the Strikers sitting in sixth place on the points table, their only chance of making it to the semi-finals is to claim big wins over the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder.

Should they do that, the will then need other results to go in their favour in order to make it to the last four.

“I’m not even sure what the result is. I thought we were pretty much dust after today,” Hodge said. “Probably, the reality is that that’s true. But look, we’ll go out and see what we can do. I guess it’s in the gods’ hands at the moment and we’ll see what happens.”

The Strikers have been plagued with injuries as pace bowler Kane Richardson and spinner Jon Holland are nursing back and ankle injuries respectively. Seamer Chris Jordan has also joined the list of walking wounded as he recently strained his hamstring.

While New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi was brought in as a replacement for Jordan, Hodge conceded that the franchise are sorely missing Richardson in particular.

“He’s been sadly missed, I suppose,” Hodge said. “He’s a pretty professional T20 cricket player. Probably in situations like (tonight), that’s where that experience comes in pretty important.”

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