Perth Scorchers will take on Sydney Thunders in the 12th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 at Manuka Oval in Canberra. This will be the first meeting of the two franchises in the 10th season.
Languishing at the second last position in the points table, Perth Scorchers have played two matches but haven’t won either. Their last match against Melbourne Stars was declared as no result due to the rain halting the second innings. In their opening match against Melbourne Renegades, they set up a below-par 130 runs target and could defend it.
Perth Scorchers will look to get their first win of the season against Thunders, who are coming off a victory.
Here, let’s take a look at Perth Scorcher’s predicted playing XI against Sydney Thunder:
Josh Inglish, who is said to have a likeness to Kiwi great Brendon McCullum, has not a great start for Perth Scorchers. He has scored nine and seven runs in the last two matches respectively. The franchise will hope for him to set a good base for them in Canberra.
The New Zealander Colin Munro, who is playing the BBL to prove his mettle to his national selector, was out for a duck in the first match while fell one run short to score a half-century against Melbourne Stars. He scored 49 runs off 36 balls, striking five fours and one six. Munro will again look to play a big knock because he is striving to get his place back in New Zealand.
Joe Clarke, who is a known name in English domestic tournaments, has scored 10 and 34 runs respectively. The flamboyant batsman, however, has not been in his best of his form although it is early to judge him considering so far he has played on two matches in the ongoing season. Perth Scorchers will want him to set the stage on fire.
Mitchell Marsh, who has returned after the injury, has scored 17 and ducks in the last two matches. The allrounder is being currently used as a pure batsman. Later in the tournament, he can be used in the bowling options if he is considered to be fully fit.
Ashton Turner played a fiery knock but could not manage to set up a big knock. He struck five sixes to score 39 runs off 17 balls had he stayed longer in the field Perth Scorcher would have put a big total.
Cameron Bancroft, who has lost his place in the Australian team, has scored 3 and 15* runs respectively in the last two matches. The right-hand batsman is playing T20 format after January and thus, it might take him to get in the rhythm.
The all-rounder Aaron Hardie scored 33 runs in the first match but was out for two runs in the next match. He is an inexperienced youngster but Perth Scorchers is likely to retain him and will test him for one or more matches.
In the rain-curtailed match against Melbourne Stars, Jhye Richardson picked the wicket on his first ball. It might have been his day but rain played the spoilsport. In the first match, he picked two wickets and gave away 20 runs. He is looking in terrific form and Perth Scorchers will be dominant in bowing.
Andrew Tye, coming off after playing the T20I series against India, could not pick a wicket in the first match while went didn’t get the opportunity to ball in the second match. The performance of him in this league will a lot depend on his inclusion in the Australian squad.
Jason Behrendroff didn’t feature in the match against Melbourne Stars because he returned home to attend the birth of his child. The paceman’s comeback is a big positive for the team. Meanwhile, he featured in Perth Scorchers’ opening match but went wicketless.
The leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed didn’t get the chance to bowl because the rain-interrupted in Melbourne Stars innings. But he bowled in the low-scoring first match where he picked two wickets in his three overs quota but could not defend the target.