Friend of Pacers, W.A.C.A. Ground hosts 17th match of Big Bash League – Season 6 on Thursday. Home team Perth Scorchers battles with Brisbane Heat in this thrilling encounter. Clash between top two of points table (as of now), Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat is scheduled to start at 4:10 PM Local | 1:40 PM IST on Thursday, 5th January, 2017.

Two times BBL Champs, Perth Scorchers dominating the round robin stage once again in this season too. As of now Scorchers are at no. 1 in points table with 6 points and with healthy Net Run Rate of +1.072. Scorchers played 4 matches so far and won 3 of them in very much convincing ways. Lost only one game till now and that came against Sydney Sixers at SCG, Sydney. Scorchers defeated Thunders by 50 runs margin on Sunday at this same venue. Shaun Marsh still looking hard to back in form. He thrown his wicket for just 4 runs against Thunder. Klinger, Bell, Mitch Marsh and Turner all were did well against Thunder and they need to perform well once again to keep no. 1 spot in points table. Every Scorchers bowlers came with splendid spells on Sunday and bowled beautifully. English Bowler Willey picked 2 wickets on Sunday. All other bowlers picked 1 wicket each. Same kind of performances are needed from this discipline bowling attack on Thursday, to ensure a one more win. Ashton Agar is named in 13-men squad for this match after he released from Australia squad. Captain of Scorchers Adam Voges is unfit to play against Heat. Therefore, Agar replaces Voges in 13 men Squad. As it is a clash between top two teams of points table, Scorchers should give their best on Thursday to ensure their domination in BBL – 06.

On other side, Brisbane Heat who stands tall in this season with 3 wins a row stays positive. Heat faced their first defeat of the season on Tuesday when they lost a game by 3 wickets to Sydney Sixers. It was a tough match for Heat. Heat has managed to score 186 for 6 in 20 overs, in this high scoring encounter. Openers, Captain McCullum and Peirson contributed well along with Joe Burns half-century in second half of the innings. While defending the target, most of the bowlers gone expensive. Swepson bowled economical spell and picked 2 wickets to his credit. Other bowlers gone expensive which caused a game for Heat. That loss rang a warning call to McCullum and co. and it would help them to play more positive and brings more wins to the team. Leg Spinner Samuel Badree has been ruled out for this match against Scorchers due to hamstring injury. He undergo MRI scan and then we would come to know whether he takes further part in BBL or not. Star batsman of Heat, Chris Lynn also has injury problems. On Tuesday, he felt pain in his shoulder while fielding against Sixers. But, Heat management confirmed that Lynn named in 14-member squad vs Scorchers. Nathan Reardon came back to squad after spending the week in New Zealand to play in Super Smash. Marnus Labuschagne and 18-year old pace bowler Xavier Bartlett are named in 14-men squad for the match against Scorchers.



Key Batsmen :

  • Michael Klinger
  • Shaun Marsh
  • Ian Bell
  • Sam Whiteman
  • Cameron Bancroft

Key All Rounders :

  • Mitchell Marsh
  • David Willey
  • Ashton Turner

Key Bowlers :

  • Mitch Johnson
  • Andrew Tye
  • Ashton Agar
  • Jhye Richardson
  • James Muirhead



As Skipper Adam Voges is injured, Klinger will handle captain’s duty. Cameron Bancroft has bright chances to take a batsmen role in absence of Voges. As Agar is back in squad, he is expected to be in Playing XI, in that case he could replace Jhye Richardson. If Scorchers want to strengthen their bowling attack more, they might go with both Richardson and Agar. That means, Agar would come in to XI by replacing Voges.

1. Shaun Marsh, 2. Michael Klinger, 3. Ian Bell, 4. Sam Whiteman, 5. Cameron Bancroft, 6. Mitch Marsh, 7. David Willey, 8. Ashton Turner, 9. Ashton Agar / Jhye Richardson, 10. Andrew Tye, 11. Mitchell Johnson.



Key Batsmen :

  • Brendon McCullum
  • Jimmy Peirson
  • Chris Lynn
  • Joe Burns
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Alex Ross
  • Nathan Reardon

Key All Rounders :

  • Ben Cutting
  • Jason Floros
  • Jack Wildermuth

Key Bowlers :

  • Nick Buchanan
  • Mark Steketee
  • Mitch Swepson
  • Xavier Bartlett



It’s tough to guess Heat line-up for this match. Inclusion of Chris Lynn will be decided just before the match. If Lynn not playing on Thursday, either Reardon or Labuschange would get a chance to play. On the current scenario, youngster Marnus Labuschagne has more chances than Reardon. Reardon’s recent form is not in his favor. But, Labuschagne was in great form in recent Matador Cup. As Badree is not playing, Heat must needed a bowler to replace him. Xavier Bartlett should be in playing XI or should do 12th man duty on Thursday as per BBL rules.

1. Brendon McCullum, 2. Jimmy Peirson, 3. Chris Lynn / Marnus Labuschagne, 4. Alex Ross, 5. Joe Burns, 6. Ben Cutting, 7. Jason Floros, 8. Jack Wildermuth, 9. Mark Steketee, 10. Mitch Swepson, 11. Nick Buchanan / Xavier Bartlett.


Play Well!! Best Wishes to ALL Fantasy Cricket Players!! Cheers!!!


Anand Thiyagarajan

Cricket is what everyone loves. If you’re ready to play fantasy cricket but don’t know how to analyze players, consider his Articles as the foundation of your fantasy teams. Anand is a cricket blogger and fantasy cricket lover.



  1. akash

    January 4, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    great work man. I am your big fan. every team details, players etc is very great.

    But can you pls predict two best players from every match, I play fantasy. so pls it would so nice of you. please

    thanx man and keep it up

    • Anand Menon

      Anand Menon

      January 5, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      We will do it from Saturday’s matches Akash (Best 2 Players)!
      Thanks for your comments 🙂

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