The east-coast franchises might have the big names, the big money and the big mouths, but Perth Scorchers have proven the team to beat year after year in the T20 Big Bash League.
This, however, is a season of transition for the Scorchers. After missing finals for the first time in their history, Perth have gutted their list and brought in some fresh faces for BBL9.
Here you will find the latest T20 cricket odds, fixture lists, squad news and everything else you need to know before putting your money behind the BBL’s most successful team.
About Perth Scorchers
|Home ground:||Perth Stadium|
|BBL titles:||3 (BBL03, BBL04, BBL06)|
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Perth Scorchers fixture
|Sydney Sixers||Wednesday, December 18||SCG||4:10pm AWST|
|Melbourne Renegades||Saturday, December 21||Perth Stadium||6:10pm AWST|
|Adelaide Strikers||Monday, December 23||Adelaide Oval||4:10pm AWST|
|Sydney Sixers||Thursday, December 26||Perth Stadium||4:10pm AWST|
|Brisbane Heat||Wednesday, January 1||Metricon Stadium||4:10pm AWST|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Sunday, January 5||Perth Stadium||6:40pm AWST|
|Melbourne Renegades||Tuesday, January 7||GMHBA Stadium||4:10pm AWST|
|Brisbane Heat||Saturday, January 11||Perth Stadium||6:10pm AWST|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 13||Blundstone Arena||7:10pm AWST|
|Melbourne Stars||Wednesday, January 15||Perth Stadium||6:10pm AWST|
|Melbourne Stars||Saturday, January 18||MCG||12:40pm AWST|
|Sydney Thunder||Monday, January 20||Perth Stadium||6:40pm AWST|
|Adelaide Strikers||Friday, January 24||Perth Stadium||6:10pm AWST|
|Sydney Thunder||Sunday, January 26||Sydney Showgrounds||11:45am AWST|
Perth Scorchers Big Bash odds and tips
The Scorchers usually start the season among the favourites in the BBL outright odds, but this year they are back in the pack at around $7 to win the title. On the flipside, they are paying $6 to finish bottom of the ladder.
Scorchers top runscorer tips
This is a new-look Scorchers side with plenty to prove. New recruit Kurtis Patterson has big shoes to fill in the top order, while Mitchell Marsh will have to dig out a few big captain’s knocks if Perth are to have any chance of playing finals.
Scorchers top bowler betting
Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye will miss the start of the season through injury, which will give some emerging players a chance to shine. Matthew Kelly was excellent in his seven appearances last season, while Cameron Green has impressed with bat and ball for WA in the Sheffield Shield.
All-time Perth Scorchers XI
1. Michael Klinger
2. Shaun Marsh
3. Herschelle Gibbs
4. Adam Voges (c)
5. Mitchell Marsh
6. Marcus North
7. Sam Whiteman (wk)
8. Nathan Coulter-Nile
9. Jason Behrendorff
10. Andrew Tye
11. Brad Hogg
How do you whittle down such a successful franchise to only 11 players? Fortunately, many of these guys pick themselves – the Marsh brothers, Maxy Klinger and skipper Voges have contributed big runs year after year, while the seam trio of Behrendorff, Coulter-Nile and Tye is as good as any that has ever graced the Big Bash.
There are also some obvious selections from the archives. George Bradley Hogg was the most prolific spinner in the BBL during his five seasons with the Scorchers; South African star Herschelle Gibbs was a massive hit, smashing six half-tons in 16 innings; and WA stalwart Marcus North played a big role in the club’s early progress.
Mitch Johnson and David Willey might consider themselves unlucky to miss out, as might Ian Bell, Michael Carberry and Craig Simmons, but that’s what happens when you are up against the best of the best.
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