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Strikers’ Salt vows to keep firing in BBL

By AAP Newswire

Phil Salt won't be reining in his gung-ho batting style after silencing the critics and bludgeoning Adelaide to a 10-wicket BBL demolition over Brisbane.

Salt crunched an unbeaten 67 off 38 deliveries - including five sixes from his last 13 balls - as the Strikers mowed down the Heat's 100 with 55 balls to spare.

Welshman Salt has endured a yo-yo maiden BBL campaign with his 10 knocks comprising two match-winning 50s, two ducks, three single-figure scores, a 21.77 average, and much talk about his daredevil approach from the first ball.

But when he is on - as he was at Adelaide Oval - Salt is compulsive viewing, and he has no desire to change his aggressive ways.

"A lot has not gone my way and I've not played as well as I can," Salt admitted.

"It's going to be a long old career if I dwell on that. When you have a bit of adversity, it's too easy to take a backward step. It's going to get you nowhere.

"You've got to back what you do well."

It was an impressive bounceback by the third-placed Strikers after succumbing to the Heat by seven wickets at the Gabba three days earlier.

Salt fell for seven in that loss before engaging in a post-game heart-to-heart with Brisbane recruit AB de Villiers, which helped spur Friday's whirlwind knock.

"He helped a lot," Salt said of the South African legend.

"It (conversation) was about what you can control versus what you can't control. I'm very lucky to have a relationship with him where I can go up to him and have that chat.

"For someone as genuine as AB, he'll do anything to help you."