Perth Scorchers Preview BBL|03

IN

Mitch Marsh (injury)

This time last year Marsh the younger was recuperating from detaching a hamstring from the bone. Fortunately this year he is at the moment injury free so expect to see some lusty hitting in the middle order and some distinctly heavy balls being delivered.

Dwayne Smith (West Indies)

The West Indies opener will bring plenty of firepower at the top of the order – a like for like replacement for Herschelle Gibbs. ‘Pipe’ is pretty much a freelance T20 player working in the IPL , Sussex in England and now about to add a second Australian team , the Scorchers, to his resume alongside NSW from the bad old days of the state based Bad News Bash. Unfortunatley Smith has not travelled to Australia due to personal reasons and has been replaced temporarily, if not permanently, by Pakistan all rounder Yasir Arafat. Thankfully Arafat also fits the journey man role perfectly having played T20 in Pakistan, England , Bangladesh, New Zealand and Scotland.

Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)

State keeper who ousted Tom Triffit from the WA job after last season’s Big Bash. Whiteman has been making runs at No 6 & 7 in the Shield campaign.

Joel Paris (Western Australia)

Young left arm medium pacer who is not expected to play. Paris was known at Under 19 level to bowl a very heavy ball.

Liam Davis (Western Australia)

Treacle like Shield opening batsmen who is one of the replacement batsmen for the Scorchers  losing Marcus North & Mike Hussey. Unfortunately Davis is not of the same calibre as either on one of their bad days.

Ryan Duffield (Western Australia)

Nippy pacemen who bowls an incredibly heavy ball alongside players of similar ilk in the WA 2nd XI.

Ashton Turner (Western Australia)

Completely unknown quantity, I’m not even sure if he bats, bowls or keeps.

Rookies

OUT

Mike Hussey (Sydney Thunder)

Marcus North (Sydney Sixers)

Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars)

Joe Mennie (Hobart Hurricanes)

Delisted

Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)

Ben Edmondson

Tim Armstrong

 

THE SUMMARY

Despite the loss of their two openers from BBL|01 & 02, Marcus North and Herschelle Gibbs, plus Mike Hussey the Scorchers  don’t seem to have replaced theses three batsmen with anyone of any particular note, save for international no show Dwayne Smith whose place is to be taken by Yasir Arafat. More responsibility will fall on the older heads of Shaun Marsh and The King of Northbridge, Adam Voges. Mitch Marsh’s return does give them added middle orcer firepower but the batting depth which was a strength that got the Scorchers into the Big Final in BBL|01 and BBL|02 is no longer present. The five man bowling line up has remained constant with Brad Hogg, 43 years old at tournaments end, and Michael Beer being the spin twins to support the three pronged pace of journeyman South African pro Alfonso Thomas, Nathan Coluter Nile and Jason Behrendorff.

THE XI

  1. Shaun Marsh
  2. Simon Katich*
  3. Yasir Arafat
  4. Adam Voges
  5. Mitch Marsh
  6. Sam Whiteman+
  7. Nathan Coulter Nile
  8. Jason Behrendorff
  9. Alfonso Thomas
  10. Michael Beer
  11. Brad Hogg

 

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH IF BIG BASH WERE A BAND…

Simon & Garfunkel Katich

Skipper Simon Katich looks to have abandoned the ‘sinker’ role – dropping down the order so he didn’t have to bat – in favour of opening. A little known fact is Katich didn’t quit Australian cricket because of a falling out with Michael Clarke it was actually so he could focus on songwriting and penning acoustic guitar ballads to perform as cricket anthems. Katich is hoping to become the Mike Brady of cricket songs.

 

Simon & Garfunkel Katich: As cool as Mike Brady
Simon & Garfunkel Katich: As cool as Mike Brady

Ashton Turner Overdrive

‘You Aint Seen Nothing Yet’ is one of Bachman Turner Overdrive’s many great hits. Strangely enough the same could be said of Ashton Turner who is yet to do anything of note in any form of the game. Turner made a very rock and roll first class debut, going straight to playing for the Australian XI in a tour match v Sussex on the recent Ashes tour of England without bothering with any of those pesky shield matches first.  Like any good rock and roll band he loves touring with his second first class appearance being a tour match against the touring Englishmen at the start of their current Ashes tour. I’m not sure I could have worked the word tour into that sentence any more.

 

Joel Paris Turner and the Modern Day Poets

The Human Beatbox, Joel Turner, had his fifteen minutes of fame as a contestant on the inaugural Australian Idol. He then when on to have many, many great hits (the names of which escape right at the moment) with a rag tag bunch of cousins and mates who formed a group called the Modern Day Poets.  Two years later the dream was over, the  group had disbanded sighting artistic differences ie none of them had any artistic ability and Joel Turner returned to his mother maiden name, Paris, and took up bowling Modern Day Off Spin, it features subtle variations in flight, bounce and speed but very little actual spinning of the ball.

 

Pat ‘Benatar’ Cummins

Pat Cummins is trying to get batsmen to ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ when he eventually returns to actually  playing a cricket again. After 2 years of injuries following his test debut, Cummins along with fast bowling mates Mitch Starc and James Pattinson has formed a trio called ‘The Great Pretenders’ who are they constantly get injured and rarely make it onto the park. To fulfil their contractual obligations to Cricket Australia instead of playing cricket the trio appear on Cricket Australia sponsor adds like KFC.

 

Pat Cummins in case you forgot what he looks like
Pat Cummins in case you forgot what he looks like

Dwayne ‘Will’ Smith

If Dwayne Smith had made it over to the Scorchers word around Northbridge was that it would have been ‘Dwaynenium’ and the whole team , led by Smith and the King of Northbridge, Adam Voges, was ‘Going to party like it’s 2013…. Yo, hang on, it is.’

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