I’ll let you in on a little secret.
Perth is my number 1 team in the BBL.
Look I know, I know I usually leave the prediction for the end of the article but this team just looks so solid on paper.
The team can bat, the team can bowl and the team can field, it's hard to pick weaknesses here, especially when looking at their International players.
With the bat, the team goes deep and it also goes far. Cam Bancroft, Liam Livingstone and Kurtis Patterson head the line-up and all three independently would make any other teams starting XI.
Then you throw in the X-factors, Ashton Agar, Cam Green, Josh Inglis, Mitch Marsh, Ashton Turner and Sam Whiteman.
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All of those mentioned are dual threat players, they might be able to Bat, they might be able to bowl or they might be able to keep. Either way the flexibility of this team is one of its best assets and the fact that you can plug and play different people depending on if you need them to bat or bowl that night is invaluable. This isn’t including their specialist bowlers too.
Those yet to be mentioned, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris and Jason Beherndorff are all bowlers who have played for Australia in limited over Cricket. Beherndorff played a crucial role in the World Cup in 2019 and Richardson has been groomed as a potential test fast bowler in the years to come.
This team in particular is set to be one of the most benefited by the weird summer scheduling. For one, it looks like neither of the Marsh lads are going to be ripped from the squad to play for Australia at any point, and Cam Bancroft will be sticking around unless Burns and Pucovski don’t work out in the opening few games vs India.
Ashton Agar may have to go at some point but at the moment it looks unlikely and to top it off, having both white ball series finished already means that the bowling lineup is set to stay put for the entire BBL season. The only major loss that they incur is Cam Green who looks to be on track for his test debut at some point this Summer but as has been canvased already, they’ve got the players to cover this.
The Perth Scorchers haven’t come off the greatest year finishing 6th on the Ladder in what was a very disappointing result. However this was down to the squad being decimated by the international calendar and a few unlucky injuries throughout the year.
I expect them to bounce back big this year to finish 1st on the ladder when it's all said and done. I then also predict them to be the Big Bash champions in BBL10, simply because its so hard to find a weakness in their team.
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