With only NRR separating these two sides, the battle for top spot on the BBL standings is up for grabs tomorrow evening at the WACA. The Perth Scorchers will be looking to assert their dominance on home turf, but they’ll be pushed to breaking point by the equally-impressive Strikers.
To go over and defeat the Perth Scorchers on their home ground is a massive achievement for opposition teams in the BBL, it’s an absolute pressure cooker at The Furnace (WACA) where the opposition crowd can quickly get on top of you, and the game can just as easily get away from you in the process. The Adelaide Strikers have been blessed with a bowling attack that has got the job done for them at about an 80% success rate in the tournament so far, an indication of just how efficient they’ve been. That all gets thrown out the window when you travel to Perth, I don’t think people understand just how difficult it is to go in with the same mindset against a side that has been the front runners for the past seven years. It’s one thing to put plans in place for a big match such as this, but it’s another to execute those plans against a team as flexible & durable as the Scorchers who know this ground inside and out.
This puts some added pressure on BBL 07 run-scoring machine Alex Carey who has taken the competition by storm with his extreme consistency at the top of the order for the Strikers, he even earned himself a call-up to the Australian ODI squad against England in Brisbane. It’s important that Jake Weatherald starts helping out his partner at the top of the order, apart from his 65 against the Hurricanes in Adelaide early last week, he’s had a rather-mediocre campaign. The loss of Travis Head will once again hurt Adelaide after he scored an exciting 58 against the Renegades at Docklands Stadium, but that should only give South African recruit Colin Ingram to go one-better this time around in Perth. Ingram struck the ball crisply in the Strikers last match, sending five sixes skyrocketing into the stands. We’re yet to see Jono Wells and Jake Lehmann take the reins of an innings, this could be the game where they are called upon to do a job for the Strikers in order to secure top spot on the points table.
Veteran-seamer Peter Siddle will be rested for this match which makes the importance of Michael Neser, Billy Stanlake and Ben Laughlin all that more relied upon to deliver the goods tomorrow night. One would suggest that Stanlake’s height will assist him the most out of the three seam bowlers, almost certainly expected to make life difficult early on for the Scorchers batsmen. Leggy Rashid Khan should continue to bamboozle opposition batsmen, this time on a bouncier wicket which could bring a lot more stumping opportunities for the Afghani mastermind.
Top 4 fantasy picks | Perth Scorchers | BBL | 38th match | Perth
- Michael Klinger
- Cameron Bancroft
- Jhye Richardson
- Mitchell Johnson
Wildcard pick – Adam Voges
Top 4 fantasy picks | Adelaide Strikers | BBL | 38th match | Perth
- Colin Ingram
- Billy Stanlake
- Rashid Khan
- Alex Carey
Wildcard pick – Jono Wells
Perth Scorchers (possible) – 1. Sam Whiteman 2. Michael Klinger 3. Cameron Bancroft (wk) 4. Hilton Cartwright 5. Ashton Turner 6. Adam Voges (c) 7. Ashton Agar 8. Tim Bresnan 9. Jhye Richardson 10. Matt Kelly 11. Mitchell Johnson.
Adelaide Strikers (possible) – 1. Alex Carey (wk) 2. Jake Weatherald 3. Colin Ingram (c) 4. Jono Wells 5. Jake Lehmann 6. Jono Dean 7. Michael Neser 8. Rashid Khan 9. Wes Agar/Liam O’Connor 10. Ben Laughlin 11. Billy Stanlake.