WACA at 6.00pm Thursday 29 December
Game 1 – lost to Hobart Hurricanes by 31 runs at WACA (18/12)
Game 2 – defeated Melbourne Renegades by eight wickets (with four balls remaining) at Etihad Stadium (22/12)
v Brisbane Heat at WACA (29/12)
v Melbourne Stars at MCG (4/1)
v Adelaide Strikers at WACA (8/1)
v Sydney Thunder at ANZ Stadium (11/1)
v Sydney Sixers at SCG (18/1)
Game 1 – lost to Sydney Sixers by seven wickets (with eight balls remaining) at SCG (16/12)
Game 2 – lost to Melbourne Stars by eight runs at Gabba (20/12)
v Perth Scorchers at WACA (29/12)
v Adelaide Strikers at Gabba (3/1)
v Hobart Hurricanes at Gabba (6/1)
v Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium (12/1)
v Sydney Thunder at Gabba (17/1)
Marcus North has had an interesting past two years, but it has mainly been filled with frustration. He played 21 Tests for Australia and scored five centuries, but had too many failures at the worst possible time. North hasn’t played a Test match in 12 months and has had ample time to reacquaint himself at domestic level. The 32-year-old certainly isn’t known for his work in the T20 format. He’s played 35 domestic matches and has only passed 50 on one occasion. However we can’t underestimate North’s leadership and knowledge of the game. The Scorchers are safe with him as a captain. Anything he can do from an individual viewpoint is a bonus.
It will be fascinating to see how Dan Christian performs for the Heat after a week of mixed emotions. The 28-year-old put in an average performance against the Stars last round, conceding 1-42 from four overs and making 18 from 11 balls with the bat. But Christian was selected in Australia’s 13-man squad for the Boxing Day Test against India, only to be left out of the final 11 on Christmas Eve. Now the exciting all-rounder finds himself back with the Heat – and they will need him to overcome any emotions to make sure they secure a victory over the Scorchers.
1. Herschelle Gibbs
2. Marcus North (C)
3. Simon Katich
4. Paul Collingwood
5. Mitchell Marsh
6. Luke Ronchi (WK)
7. Tom Beaton
8. Brad Hogg
9. Nathan Rimmington
10. Michael Beer
11. Ben Edmonson
1. Matthew Hayden
2. Roelof van der Merwe
3. Chris Lynn
4. Peter Forrest (C)
5. Dan Christian
6. Andrew Robinson
7. Michael Neser
8. Chris Hartley (WK)
9. Ryan Harris
10. Nathan Hauritz
11. Alister McDermott
With nicknames like ‘Scorchers’ and ‘Heat’, you’d expect this game to be as hot as the Australian sun. And when you look at the two line-ups, it reconfirms this will be a game you simply can’t afford to miss.
The returning Shaun Marsh led Perth to a memorable eight-wicket win over the Renegades at Etihad Stadium last round. The Scorchers conceded 188 runs with the ball, but a brilliant 99 not out off 52 balls from Marsh, who was ably supported by Herschelle Gibbs’ quick fire 57, guided the team home.
Unfortunately for Brisbane it hasn’t been the smoothest of starts to its Big Bash League campaign. After going down to the Sydney Sixers in the first round, the Heat suffered their second consecutive loss to the Melbourne Stars last round, this time going down by eight runs. Nathan Hauritz was clearly his side’s standout player for the match, taking 3-18 from his allotted four overs.
This time though, the Scorchers won’t have Marsh on their side. Neither Michael Hussey, who played for them in their first game.
Marsh is a huge loss for the Scorchers, but it’s still hard to go past the home team. Their batting line-up just looks a little sounder on paper – and the home crowd will help too.
Perth Scorchers to win ($1.81 – Centrebet)
Dan Christian Heat High Bat ($6.00 – Centrebet)
Ryan Harris Heat Most Wickets ($3.75 – Centrebet)