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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Scorchers are hot property at home

Mitchell Johnson can prove magic man for Perth

Perth paceman Mitchell Johnson was inspired against the Stars
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Scorchers v Sixers
BT Sport 1, 8.15am Saturday 
South Africa v Sri Lanka
Sky Sports 3, 8am Saturday

No side have been as successful in the Big Bash League as Perth Scorchers and they are 4-5 to claim an unprecedented third crown against Sydney Sixers on Saturday morning.

This will be the Scorchers’ fifth final in seven editions of the competition and a repeat of the 2011-12 and 2014-15 finals.

The scoreline reads one apiece in title-deciders but on the evidence of their seven-wicket rout of the Melbourne Stars in the last four, Perth appear primed to add another championship to their resume.

The Stars could not live with an inspired Mitchell Johnson, who took an amazing 3-3 from his four overs at the Waca.

Perth will once again have home advantage for the final which could prove decisive with a fired-up Johnson leading their charge.

He is a short-priced favourite to take the most wickets for the Scorchers but he is a much juicier 12-1 to be named man of the match, which is well worth an interest.

After experimenting in their recent T20 series with Sri Lanka, South Africa have named a much more recognisable squad for the ODI series which begins in Port Elizabeth on Saturday morning.

SA skipper AB de Villiers returned to action after six months on the sidelines with a half-century in the final T20 and at 10-3 with Ladbrokes he could have a big say in proceedings.

England are 1-3 to win their T20 series with India after running out easy winners in Thursday’s first match in Kanpur.

Having restricted the hosts to 147-7, the Lions cruised to victory with two overs to spare thanks to a half-century from captain Eoin Morgan and 46 not out from the returning Joe Root.

Recommendations
Perth Scorchers
3pts 4-5 general
M Johnson to be named man of the match
1pt 12-1 general
AB de Villiers top SA runscorer
1pt 10-3 Ladbrokes 

The Stars could not live with an inspired Mitchell Johnson, who took an amazing 3-3 from his four overs at the Waca
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