It’s come as quite a surprise to many how slowly the Perth Scorchers have started BBL08, they currently sit at the bottom of the table after consecutive-losses against the Renegades and Sixers. This next match sees them come up against the reigning BBL champions in Perth, their first home game of the tournament. The Strikers failed to hold off the Renegades in the final over in Adelaide just recently, but they bring plenty to the table both home and away in terms of competitiveness.
A sluggish-start to their BBL08 campaign has put a significant question mark on the Scorchers title aspirations, they’re usually one of the more consistent teams in the competition but haven’t managed to click as a unit in 2018-19. It could just come down to a few minor blemishes such as Sam Whiteman’s rusty return to the BBL with the bat at the top of the order, and Andrew Tye’s messy start to the tournament with the ball. England all-rounder David Willey’s elevation to the top of the order could be seen as a huge upside, but the results so far say otherwise. He’s a force to be reckoned with in the England domestic T20 competition batting at No. 3, but in Australia seems to be a completely different story which isn’t overly surprising. One thing that the Scorchers will be banking on in this next match against the Strikers is early breakthroughs with the ball, that’s where Jason Behrendorff comes into the conversation.
The 28-year-old seamer already has a bag of top order wickets to his name in BBL08, and Perth skipper Ashton Turner will once again be relying on Behrendorff to clean up the likes of Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald and Colin Ingram at Perth Stadium tomorrow night. This specific bowling attack has built a solid reputation over the past 2-3 seasons, particularly the quicks which puts a lot of pressure on Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile to rise above the rest. The Scorchers batsmen will be faced with their own challenges as they prepare to take on an extremely-proactive Strikers bowling unit. It was skipper Ashton Turner and all-rounder Hilton Cartwright who provided a solid middle order partnership in their last game, but they’ll need someone like a Michael Klinger or David Willey to really assert their dominance at the crease if they’re any chance of registering their first win of the tournament.
Adelaide didn’t do much wrong in their last game against the Renegades, but what did stand out was their lack of boundaries inside the first 10 overs of the innings. The Strikers pride themselves on keeping wickets in hand going into the second half of their innings, and it usually works to the best of their advantage which is why something as small as this is like water off a duck’s back to them. So far the loss of skipper Travis Head hasn’t been a costly one as of yet, it’s still early days in the tournament but all-rounder Matt Short and middle order batsman Jono Wells are showing great initiative and intent in his absence. Not only has Short been handy with the ball in BBL08, the 23-year-old top scored for the Strikers in their last match against the Renegades with 65 off 41 balls including five massive blows over the rope.
Unluckily run out cheaply in his last innings, the ever-reliable Alex Carey will be looking to play a similar role to what he did against the Heat up at the Gabba in Brisbane. The crisp-hitting of South African & Strikers skipper Colin Ingram could be a game changer in Perth if he can find his range, he’s scored 1 & 21 in his opening two games of the tournament. One man who is always in the thick of the action is Afghanistan leggy Rashid Khan. The Strikers main-man produced another phenomenal bowling spell in his last outing against the Renegades, finishing with figures of 2/13 as he continues to bamboozle opposition batsmen. The 20-year-old prodigy has been well-backed up by his fellow bowlers, the Strikers attack has been quick to overtake the Scorchers as the most damaging bowling unit and continues to lay claim to that title. Towering over the city of Adelaide, big-Billy Stanlake is proving to be another key wicket taker in BBL08 despite his expensive economy rate.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Perth Scorchers | BBL | 9th match | Perth
- Jason Behrendorff
- Michael Klinger
- Ashton Turner
- Nathan Coulter-Nile
- Hilton Cartwright
Wildcard pick – Ashton Agar
Top 5 fantasy picks | Adelaide Strikers | BBL | 9th match | Perth
- Alex Carey
- Billy Stanlake
- Rashid Khan
- Colin Ingram
- Matt Short
Wildcard pick – Jonathan Wells
Perth Scorchers (possible) – 1. Michael Klinger 2. David Willey 3. Sam Whiteman (wk) 4. Ashton Turner © 5. Hilton Cartwright 6. Will Bosisto 7. Ashton Agar 8. Nathan Coulter-Nile 9. Andrew Tye 10. Jhye Richardson 11. Jason Behrendorff.
Adelaide Strikers (possible) – 1. Alex Carey (wk) 2. Jake Weatherald 3. Colin Ingram © 4. Matt Short 5. Jonathan Wells 6. Jake Lehmann 7. Cameron Valente 8. Michael Neser 9. Rashid Khan 10. Ben Laughlin 11. Billy Stanlake.
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