Cracking game to finish a Saturday BBL double with plenty of tactical decisions facing daily fantasy coaches in what I’m expecting will be a runs-fest in the West.
The Johnson factor – is he worth it tonight and how much damage can he do to that in-form Hurricanes opening pair?
Is a balanced lineup the right play tonight or do you take the cheap old heads batting in the middle order hoping they get a bat so you can afford the superstars who should all enjoy this WACA wicket?
What will the Scorchers batting order look like?
Right then, let’s rip in shall we…
Scorchers: Klinger, Whiteman, Bancroft, Cartwright, Turner, Voges, Agar, Bresnan, Johnson, Kelly, Paris (David, Bosisto)
Hurricanes: Doolan, Short, Bailey, McDermott, Wade, Christian, Archer, Milenko, Boyce, Rose, Mills (Reardon, Rogers)
Whiteman comes in for Bosisto who has been okay in his debut season but doesn’t have the class of the hard-hitting left hander. Won’t get the gloves but still named as a keeper.
Voges in for David the only other change.
Scorchers' top seven looks extremely dangerous here, Hurricanes not far behind - don’t expect much economy tonight.
Hurricanes should welcome back Milenko unless he doesn’t get up from his finger injury in which case Reardon will come in to bolster the batting – big watch as it will mean certain overs for Christian and/or Short if Milenko misses for Reardon.
Sam Whiteman is a steal at 9k for an opening bat. Coming off a run-a-ball 60 in a warm up game for Freo, Whiteman played some devastating knocks last BBL season. Will be licking his lips as Rose comes in to bowl, if you fade Whiteman, take Rose. Joel Paris looms as a good option here given the likely lack of economy bonus across the board. Wicket, ten dot balls and you have your 35-40pts at a bargain price.
My must-have this evening in Perth is Ben McDermott. I expect the Scorchers openers to make headway into the top order which will give Macca a solid 12-14 overs to bat with. Due to turn one of his cameo’s into a main event. Archer and Johnson both hard to leave out on this WACA wicket.
Tymal Mills’ slower balls are going to sail over the fence frequently tonight, going nowhere near the erratic Englishman. As much as his price appeals, can’t have Adam Voges either. Can’t see him getting too many balls tonight, looks a trap given he will float down behind Agar if power hitting is required.
With four all-rounders above him all averaging over 60pts it will be likely Dan Christian is less than 15% owned tonight. Appeals strongly especially with a Scorchers bowling/top order bat stack. Matthew Kelly will be single digits and well worth a look in multiples.