Keath to swap football for cricket this summer
The Adelaide Strikers have today announced the signing of ex-Victorian Bushranger and current Adelaide Crows listed rookie Alex Keath for the upcoming BBL season.
Keath joins the side having already debuted in all three formats of domestic cricket with both the Victorian Bushrangers and Melbourne Stars, where he featured in four BBL matches across two seasons.
A talented all-round athlete, the 23-year old moved to South Australia this year before signing on with the Crows as a Category B rookie in late October.
“We’re excited to have Alex on board with us this summer as he’s another all-rounder that can really put a match in our favour with either bat or ball,” said SACA High Performance General Manager, Tim Nielsen.
“As someone who’s already made his BBL debut with the Stars, we’re confident that he’ll provide healthy competition for a spot in our eleven and add extra depth to our side.”
Playing with Prospect District Cricket Club, Keath has enjoyed a stellar start to his cricketing career in South Australia, averaging 104.33 in the West End Premier Cricket competition and top scoring with a knock of 144 against Adelaide University.
“There’s no question Alex has an enormous amount of talent and he’s already shown that he’s in great form with some brilliant performances opening the batting for Prospect,” added Nielsen.
In a unique situation, Keath becomes the first athlete in BBL history to be contracted to both an AFL and Twenty20 team and will join his Strikers’ teammates this month, before returning to train with the Crows at the conclusion of the BBL season.
The Strikers now have one more signing to make before finalising their squad for BBL|05 with their first match against the Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval on Friday, 18 December.
News Source: Adelaide Strikers/SACA Media