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Big Bash League: Strikers books finals spot

The Adelaide Strikers have booked a place in the BBL11 finals after pulling off a surprise eight-wicket win over the Sydney Sixers on Monday night.

The Strikers are out to win the Big Bash League and after winning the last four games on the bounce they certainly have the momentum heading into finals.

No Rashid

What makes the run even more impressive is the fact the Strikers are doing it without star legspinner Rashid Khan who left the BBL last week and will play no further part.

Rashid signed off with a career-best 6-17 to see off the Brisbane Heat before he jetted off to represent Afghanistan against the Netherlands in Qatar.

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Many believed the Strikers would not be able to kick on without him but they have managed to win another three games on the spin to book a finals spot.

Opener Matt Renshaw hit a match-winning 50 against the Sixers and speaking after the win said they are proving there is life after Rashid.

"The big thing for us as a group is we've won the last few games without Rash," said Renshaw. "Everyone seems to talk about 'can they win without Rash?'

"We've had a couple of really good wins since he left."

Star duo to return

Meanwhile the Strikers have been handed a huge boost ahead of Friday's fourth-versus-fifth Eliminator final as Ashes heroes Travis Head and Alex Carey could return and play.

"Trav's been playing the Ashes like a Twenty20," Renshaw added. "It would be nice to welcome him back and 'Kez' (Carey) as well. I'm not envious of the selectors at all."

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