Gillespie does Not regret BBL experiment

They missed out on place and a home final, however, Adelaide Strikers trainer Jason Gillespie says that it had been the decision to experiment to Perth.

The Strikers entered the top-of-the-table clash knowing a win could give them top place.

But if they lost, they’d only fall to next – still giving them a house semi-final.

Gillespie made a decision to rest paceman Peter Siddle (divide webbing) so as to provide Wes Agar some time.

But the greatest call was demoting in-form Alex Carey out of opener to No.6.

Carey has been in hot shape this year.

But given he is unavailable for the BBL finals due to his call-up to Australia T20 side, Gillespie made a decision to start with Jono Dean instead.

Dean made only seven runs off 15 balls, together with Carey (25 off 10) just entering the fray at the 16th over.

The Strikers made the Scorchers and only 6-137 reached the goal to spare.

If Scorchers and also Strikers win their semi-finals, then the Scorchers will host the decider since they finished higher on the ladder.

But Gillespie stated he didn’t regret his decision not to start with Carey, and said the move could not be blamed for the loss of the team.

“We saw ourselves at a unique position for this particular game where we’d already procured a house semi-final,” Gillespie explained.

“If ever there was a time to experiment a little piece, tonight was the night time.

“You don’t come close to winning prizes with only 11 players. It has got to become a squad mentality, and Alex was all for this.

“He understood from a group perspective and a squad mentality it had been the ideal call. And he supported that.

“Same as Pete Siddle – he knew that the opportunity for Wes to have a match will benefit the group moving forward. He was joyful.”

Afghan spinner Rashid Khan starred by unleashing a string of mesmerising 21, asserting 3-20.

Khan is going to be available for Adelaide’s semi-final, but won’t be there for its title decider because of international obligations.

Gillespie stated if the final is reached by the Strikers Liam O’Connor could come into the choice mix.