Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers: Perth Scorchers need to make the most of their home advantage when they go up against the Sydney Sixers in the Perth Stadium on Sunday. They are done with half of their season with just two wins against their name.
To make things even tougher, the Scorchers have continued to lose their key players, like every season, to Australia’s national side. Their batting has clearly suffered due to the loss of the Marsh Brothers and in their last game, they clearly missed the wicket-taking ability of Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson, who stunned the Indian side in the first ODI by taking 6 wickets among them.
Behrendorff has 8 scalps to his name in 6 games while Jhye Richardson is their most successful fast bowler in the middle phase of the innings (over number 7 to 15) taking 5 wickets.
However, they have received a massive boost with Australia releasing Ashton Turner after calling him into their 14-man squad for the first ODI as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh. Turner has been a huge contributor to Scorchers’ batting this season scoring 29% of their total of 817 runs so far.
On the other hand, Sydney Sixers have bid adieu to Joe Denly for this season before welcoming another English star, James Vince to their squad and will look to register their second away victory in a row. In their previous encounter, Sydney Sixers defeated Perth Scorchers in the home fixture by 17 runs.
Venue: The Perth Stadium, Perth
The Perth stadium remains to be a tough track for the batsmen to unleash themselves. It is the lowest scoring ground among the venues that have hosted two or more games this season.
Not too different from its neighbour, the WACA, the Perth Stadium has a predilection towards fast bowlers. In just two games there, the fast bowlers have taken 20 wickets, the second best wickets/game rate for fast bowlers at any ground this season. In comparison, the spinners have taken only 2 wickets.
|Bowling Type||Wickets||Average||Economy||Strike Rate|
Cameron Bancroft, Michael Klinger, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Will Bosisto, David Willey, Aaron Hardie, Nathan Coulter-Nile, AJ Tye, Matt Kelly
James Vince, Justin Avenando, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve OKeefe, Ben Menanti/Mickey Edwards
Cameron Bancroft, Daniel Hughes, Ashton Turner (c), Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, David Willey, Nathan Coulter-Nile (vc), Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, AJ Tye
Cameron Bancroft got himself among runs with an eye-catching fifty in the previous game paving the way for Scorchers’ win against the Stars. Josh Philippe has been scoring useful runs for Sixers but bats in the lower order which makes him a less fruitful batting option.
Ashton Turner is the only Perth batsman who has been able to leave his imprint on the tournament with four 40+ scores in 7 innings. After his tally of 240 runs, Michael Klinger comes next who has huffed and puffed his way to 113 runs this season.
The Sixers batsmen have been performing much better. They have scored 1,025 runs in the similar number of matches in comparison to Scorchers’ 817. Daniel Hughes and Jordan Silk have been the major contributors with 194 and 188 runs respectively.
In addition, both Hughes and Silk have been excellent against pace in BBL 2018/19, much better than any of the other Sixers’ top 5 batsmen.
|Batsman||Average (v spin)||Average (v pace)||Strike Rate (v spin)||Strike Rate (v pace)|
Henriques and Cartwright are other batting option for the 4th batsmen’s spot. On the form, Henriques holds an upper hand over Cartwright.
Tom Curran, David Willey and Ashton Agar are major all-round options. Curran has played a major role in lifting Sixers’ to the fourth spot in the points table before the start of the triple header.
Keeping Perth’s fondness for pacers in mind, Ashton Agar never gets to bowl enough overs on this ground which makes him a tricky pick. Similarly, David Willey has not been fruitful for Perth but if he gets to bowl his full quota of 4 overs, he can chip in with a wicket or two.
Even after Behrendorff and Richardson’s unavailability, the game offers a number of quality and in-form bowlers from which you can build your XI.
Nathan Coulter-Nile has taken 8 wickets in 7 games out of which 4 have come from the 2 games he has played in the Perth Stadium. AJ Tye has not lived up to his expectations but has shown form in patches including a 4-wicket haul in the previous game.
While Ben Dwarshuis has not been too effective, he still remains to be the fastest bowler in Sixers’ line-up which can aid him to finally leave a mark with the ball.
|Ben Dwarshuis||134.6 kph|
|Sean Abbott||127 kph|
|Tom Curran||125.3 kph|
*(data for average bowling speed available for only 2 games out of the 7 these three have played)
Sean Abbott is an undisputed pick with 10 wickets against his name along with an average of 21.00 and strike rate of 15.6.
Steven OKeefe, Sixers’ highest wicket-taker might not have a role to play in the game and might only be used to give early troubles to Michael Klinger who has shown susceptibility against left-arm spinners.
Captain and Vice-Captain
Ashton Turner’s hot form with the bat that got him into Australia’s ODI squad for a brief period makes him the best option for the captaincy role.
Both Tom Curran and Nathan-Coulter Nile are in great wicket-taking form and any of them can be trusted with the vice-captaincy role given their decent exploits with the bat as well.
Update: This XI helped the author acquire 266.5 points.
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