Squad: Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Ian Bell, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey
One of the favourites to take out this season’s Big Bash, the Perth Scorchers will be looking to make another Grand Final appearance.
A couple of big additions to this squad will make them the team to beat for the other Big Bash teams.
Key Players – Australians
Mitchell Johnson – After retiring from international cricket last year, the spearhead is back to play in the Big Bash for the first time. The left handed bowler was a menace with the ball throughout his career, especially in the 2013/14 Ashes Series where he helped Australia win the Ashes back from England. He can bowl up to 150 km/h at his best but being out for a year, not sure if he can produce that type of speed this season. Despite that, he can swing the ball in the opening overs which can lead to early wickets. He should prove to be a great signing for the Scorchers as we should see Johnson become a dangerous bowler to overcome once again.
Michael Klinger – The batsman is an experienced campaigner for the Perth Scorchers and will play a key part in their chances for a Grand Final spot.He averages 38.91 with a strike rate of 127.03 in 120 innings which also includes 6 centuries. Never got a call up to Australia throughout his career but has not bothered Klinger as he has kept scoring runs in all cricket formats during Australia and England seasons. A strong hitter on the off side that likes picking out the gaps but can play lofted shots that usual ended in sixes. His experience will be valuable once again for the Scorchers and expect him to make plenty of runs again.
Ian Bell (England) – It will be great to see Ian Bell play in the Big Bash for the first time. He has been a great servant for England in both test and ODI with 22 test hundreds and 4 ODI hundred to his name in a 11 year career at the top level. Now he is here to make an impact in the Twenty20 format. With 10 fifties in 67 innings, Bell will add more batting power to the Scorchers at the top order. He can hit the ball any area of the ground but is especially strong through the covers. Can break a game open with his power hitting and with him opening, he will be exciting to watch. We hope to see Bell at his best when the Big Bash season starts.
David Willey (England) – He played last season for the Scorchers and was one of the best players in the team. The all-rounder is great bowler with 112 wickets in 94 matches. His left arm pace proved difficult for other Big bash teams last season and was able to get a few wickets. His batting is solid as well as he can score quickly when the teams needs it. Averaging 22 with a strike rate of 140, Willey has registered a T20 century so he is more than capable with the bat.He is going to be useful for the Scorchers this season and for what he produced last season, the team will be looking forward to him backing that form up with another great season.
Hilton Cartwright – The young all-rounder was recently called up to the Australia One Day squad against New Zealand but unfortunately did not make his debut. Nevertheless, he has earned that call-up due to some great batting and bowling for Western Australia. Has played for the Scorchers last season and made a fifty while has has claimed 2 wickets as well. Mainly a batsman, Cartwright averages 25 in Twenty20 and be looking to improve on that in a team that is full of talented batsmen. It will be interesting if he will get a start given the depth of this squad but when he gets his chance, he needs to make sure that he performs both with the bat and ball to maintain his spot.
It is hard not go past this team to make at least finals. They have recruited well in Ian Bell and Mitchell Johnson which has made this team stronger than last season. They have quality batsmen in Klinger, Voges, Bell and the Marsh brothers to post big scores and Johnson adds to a dangerous bowling attack with Behrendorff, Paris, Tye and Agar. They have lost Hogg which is a big loss but Agar should do fine to continue on the responsibility with the spin along with Muirhead. We should see the Scorchers be one of the top teams this season and be contending for the title.