Scorchers set to show their quality at the Waca
Heat hope to bounce back from Sixers loss
Big Bash League
BT Sport 2, 8.15am Thursday
Perth Scorchers should be backed to beat Brisbane Heat at the Waca and show why they top the Big Bash League table and are the tournament's most successful outfit with two titles and two runners-up spots in the five previous editions.
The Scorchers have been too hot for the Strikers and Thunder to handle at home already this campaign and while they were rolled over by the Sixers at the SCG, they bounced back immediately by turning over the Renegades at the Docklands Arena courtesy of a final-ball six from Ashton Agar.
The second-placed Heat lost their first game of the campaign to the Sixers at the Gabba on Tuesday when they failed to defend a total of 186 and while they came out on top against the Strikers, Thunder and Hurricanes, they were the beneficiaries of some absurdly poor cricket.
Proven performers Ian Bell, Mitchell Marsh and Michael Klinger have been the bedrock of the Scorchers batting and as well as Agar's Renegades blast, there have been cameos from Ashton Turner and Sam Whiteman. Shaun Marsh is yet to fire but has been prolific, when fully fit, in past tournaments. England all-rounder David Willey, in his last outing before leaving for the ODI series in India, can clear the ropes too.
The Scorchers also have arguably the best-balanced attack for dealing with the expected onslaught from Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn and Jimmy Peirson. They have left-armers Mitchell Johnson and Willey, right-arm quicks Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson and Mitchell Marsh and spinners Turner and Agar.
Johnson took 3-33 when the Strikers were kept to 149-9 in pursuit of 198, with Willey and Richardson claiming two scalps each and Turner one. Willey took 2-21 when the Thunder were kept to 127-8 chasing a target of 178 with Johnson, Tye, Richardson, Marsh and Turner all chipping in.
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