HOBART, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: Tymal Mills of the Scorchers celebrates the wicket of Caleb Jewell of the Hurricanes during the Men's Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Perth Scorchers at Blundstone Arena, on December 14, 2021, in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: Tymal Mills of the Scorchers celebrates the wicket of Caleb Jewell of the Hurricanes during the Men's Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Perth Scorchers at Blundstone Arena, on December 14, 2021, in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)

The Perth Scorchers, the most successful team in Big Bash League history, have suffered another setback ahead of their title defence in the 12th edition of the BBL, with fast bowler Tymal Mills ruled out of the tournament due to a family emergency.

The Scorchers, who won a record fourth title last summer, signed South African legend Faf Du Plessis as a replacement import for English batter and last season’s BBL Grand Final hero Laurie Evans, who left the Scorchers after testing positive for doping. Phil Salt was ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury earlier this month.

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BBL 2022: Perth Scorchers Suffer Another Blow, English Speedster Tymal Mills Will Not Be Available For The Season Due To Family Emergency
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The Club Fully Supports Mills’ Decision

The Perth Scorchers issued a statement on Tymal Mills’ unavailability and expressed their support for his decision. They are looking towards recruiting a replacement international player.

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“The Club fully supports Mills’ decision, and sends its thoughts and best wishes to his family during this time. Perth is exploring its options to recruit a replacement international player.”

Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh was also ruled out of the BBL after undergoing ankle surgery. Former England Test opener Adam Lyth was named as Salt’s replacement last week. Both Lyth and du Plessis are only available for the first half of the season, while Stephen Eskinazi has signed a full-season contract.

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Jhye Richardson is also making good progress from a toe injury, bowling at full pace on Monday as he gets closer to his return against the Sixers. The Scorchers rushed to find a replacement for Mills, but they won’t have the player available for the season opener on Saturday.

Perth Scorchers Squad

Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly, Cameron Green, Laurie Evans (contract terminated), Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Mitch Marsh (injured), Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Phil Salt (injured), Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Faf du Plessis (replacing Laurie Evans, first seven matches only), Adam Lyth (replacing Phil Salt, first half only), Stephen Eskinazi, Hamish McKenzie

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