Cameron Bancroft and David Warner have committed to participating in NT Cricket’s Strike League and will take the field during the month of July. Bancroft will be available for the entire tournament with Warner set to play in two One Day matches on the 21st and 22nd of July.

The Strike League is seen as the perfect opportunity for both Bancroft and Warner to play some cricket during the traditional Australian winter, with the league offering the opportunity for T20 and One Day games to be played every weekend throughout July in Darwin. Neither player is a stranger to the North with both having played in the Northern Territory previously.

Warner visited Darwin in August last year with the Australian Test Squad for a nine-day camp prior to touring Bangladesh, and returned last month to spend some time with the local cricket community before venturing to Arnhem Land. While Bancroft took to the field representing the Perth Scorchers in January this year as part of the historic BBL match in Alice Springs against the Adelaide Strikers.

NT Cricket Chief Executive Officer, Joel Morrison, said, “we’re delighted that Cameron and David will be joining us in Darwin for the Strike League.  Their presence and experience will be invaluable for our local players, and it’s a big endorsement for the fantastic work being done by the staff at NT Cricket to make Darwin the winter destination of choice for Australian cricket.”

“The Strike League is a fantastic competition with a mix of local, interstate and overseas players participating, and is a great showcase of the excellent facilities and talent we have in the North.”

Commenting on his decision to play in the Strike League, Warner said it was his recent trip to Darwin that piqued his interest.  “I’m really looking forward to playing in the Strike League in July. I heard so much about the competition while I was in Darwin earlier this month that I’m keen to be part of it,” said Warner.

In addition to the inclusions of Warner and Bancroft, Morrison also confirmed that talks were continuing with other high profile players across Australia. “Last year’s inaugural men’s Strike League drew a number of big name players including Jake Lehmann, Alex Ross, Jake Weatherald and D’Arcy Short, and fans won’t be disappointed by the line-up we have in store this year,” he said.

 

NT STRIKE LEAGUE FAST FACTS

Men’s Strike League

  • 2017 Winners: City Cyclones def Southern Storm
  • Dates: 1-29 July
  • 4 Teams:  Desert Blaze, City Cyclones, Northern Tide and Southern Storm
  • Format: each team plays eight T20 games and three 50-over games in July
  • Venue: All games played at Marrara Cricket Ground
  • Grand Final: One Day format on 29 July

 

Women’s Strike League

  • 2017 Winners: Northern Tide def Desert Blaze
  • Dates: 5-26 August
  • Teams: Northern Tide, Desert Blaze
  • Format: each team plays four T20 games in August
  • Venue: All games played at Marrara Cricket Ground

 

FIXTURES and Scorecards are being finalized and will be available here on MyCricket


 

Requests for interview with Cameron Bancroft or David Warner are to be directed to:

Tim Whittaker - Head of Communications - Cricket Australia

Tim.Whittaker@cricket.com.au

Mobile +61 433 170 815

 

Information about Strike League Competition

NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison is available for comment and interviews

Please phone (08) 8944 8900 

 

Team Selection and NT Strike League Management

Mark Sorell - Head of Pathways:  (08) 8944 8900   Mark.Sorell@ntcricket.com.au

Cameron Carroll - Coaching and Pathways Specialist:  (08) 8944 8900  Cameron.Carroll@ntcricket.com.au

 

NT Cricket - Communications

Louise Morrison -  louise.morrison@ntcricket.com.au or phone 0419 901 450