Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricances

Cricket - Big Bash - 01 Feb 08:40

Perth are as short as 8/15 for this one, so I think 8/13 offers a little bit of value.

They are missing Ashton Agar and David Willey from the start of the season, but welcome back the Marsh brothers and this is probably the strongest XI they've been able to put out all season. Opening the batting is Shaun Marsh and Klinger. S.Marsh has been in good touch all winter, having a successful Ashes series.

His BBL record in the past has been very strong, so he should be confident of hitting the ground running. Klinger has disappointed this tournament, with just 1 substantial score.

He's had family issues to contend with, it may well be a relief for him to be coming to the end of the tournament so it might free him up to produce 1 big performance to get his side over the line. At 3 Bancroft has looked in great touch, with 2 50's and a 49 from 4 knocks.

The middle order looks very strong for the Scorchers. Mitch Marsh will slot in at 4, his batting has really come on and he looks a more organised and composed player these days. His bowling is still useful enough that he can contribute there.

Turner at 5 has produced some strong cameo's, he has the power to clear the ropes, the touch game with ramps over the keepers head and he turns ones into two's to put the pressure on the fielders. Cartwright is also a powerful striker who can play the match scenario, and offers some seam bowling of M.Marsh is under the pump.

Voges at 7 has the experience to adapt to the situation, and can bowl so left arm spin if required.

Bresnan hasn't been particularly impressive but he has a knack of taking handy wickets and is a useful option at 8 with the bat. Mitch Johnson's wickets have dried up, but he's been very economical and sets the tone for the Perth side.

Jyhe Richardson is getting better game by game, has real pace, swings the ball up front and has a good yorker at the back end. Kelly would have been down the list at the start of the season, but has impressed since he came in. He has a good strong action and has been consistent so far. He looks a handy bowler.

Hobart have relied a lot on D'Arcy Short's runs this season, and he misses out here due to international committments. His spot will be taken by Tim Paine, who's been played ODI cricket. Short has big shoes to fill, as he's the lead runscorer in the comp.

Elsewhere the Hurricances have issues, they've ended up having to drop Tymal Mills, who's one of their overseas players, de to poor form. Looking at potential line-up's they may well have a batting order with Milenko at 6 and Reardon at 7.

Milenko played a blinding knock last time against the Scorchers, but that was very much the exception to the rule. Reardon has been on the bench most of the comp, so it's a big ask to come in pretty cold to a knock-out scenario.

With the ball Archer has been the star and he will look to lead from the front again. In place of Mills could be a debutant in Meredith, making your debut away at Perth in a BBL semi-final is a baptism of fire. With Short out as a back-up bowling option, if he goes round the park then Milenko has to step up with the ball (bowled 1 over only in 3 games, has gone for 50 from those 3 overs).

This game will be the 1st BBL game at Perth's new stadium, they made the WACA a real fortress and they'll be looking to do the same here. Barring Paine in the last ODI, no Hurricances player will have played here. The Perth lads played some pre-season friendlies against the England Lions, so they'll be used to the surroundings.

Perth are also defending a very strong BBL record, they've won the comp 3 times (and lost in the final on another occasion) and are the defending champions. A win here sees them get a home final, and they'd be odds on to triumph again.

The Hurricances would have a chance with Short playing and an in-form Mills, but they don't have the depth to make up for 2 gun players being missing.The Hurricanes also have little to none BBL pedigree, if it gets close will they know how to win a big game? It all points to a home win here.

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