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Ingram not returning to Adelaide Strikers for BBL

Colin Ingram slashes one through the off side Getty Images

Colin Ingram will not be returning to Adelaide Strikers for next season's Big Bash having said he can't commit to a new contract for family reasons.

Ingram, the former South Africa batsman, completed a two-year deal with the 2018-19 tournament where he took his tally of runs for the Strikers to 610 at 30.50 and a strike-rate of 138.95 in 25 matches. He captained the team on 14 occasions when Travis Head was on international duty.

"We are disappointed to lose Colin but we were aware that it was a strong possibility that for family reasons he could not commit to a new contract," Tim Nielsen, the SACA general manager of high performance, said. "He is a quality player and leader and was one of the key players behind our first BBL title win last year. We wish Colin, Megan and family all the best."

Losing Ingram means the Strikers will have an overseas spot to fill but it's understood they have not made a bid for AB de Villiers as he isn't available for the whole season.

The Strikers finished second bottom of the table last season with Ingram their second-leading run-scorer behind Jonathan Wells.