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Adelaide Strikers part ways with Jon Wells

Strikers described it as "a difficult decision" after veteran middle-order player was their leading scorer last season

Jonathan Wells acknowledges the cheers, Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers, BBL 2020-21, Gold Coast, January 3, 2021

Jonathan Wells top-scored for the Strikers in BBL 11  •  Getty Images

Adelaide Strikers have parted ways with reliable middle-order batter Jon Wells citing a shift in list management strategy.
Wells played 68 matches over five seasons with Strikers and was the club's leading scorer in BBL 11 making 501 runs at a strike-rate of 128.79 with four half-centuries including 62 not out from 47 balls in the Striker's Challenger loss to Sydney Sixers.
Wells, 33, sits fourth on the list of all-time leading runscorers in the BBL behind Chris Lynn, Aaron Finch and, Glenn Maxwell, having begun his career at Hobart Hurricanes.
"This is a difficult decision, however with the uncertain nature of overseas player recruitment in the current landscape, the depth of young talent and a need to consistently evolve as a team, the Strikers remain committed to doing everything possible to build a team contending for titles," a Strikers statement said.
Strikers coach Jason Gillespie paid tribute to Wells. "Wellsy is a brilliant cricketer and I cannot speak highly enough of what he has brought to the Strikers in his time here," he said. "You know when he walks to the middle that he will give everything for the team, and more often than not he delivers exactly what is required.
"We thank Wellsy for always being that calm head for us, and for being a leader both on and off the field. I know Wellsy will continue to succeed at any challenge thrown his way."