Are the Scorchers good Big Bash bets or have they run their race? What’s gone wrong and what might go right from hereon.
Big Bash bets -Scorchers out at 10.0
The Perth Scorchers are the most successful side in the history of the Big Bash. They’re the only side to have won it more than once (for good measure they won it three times) and have made the semi-finals in every edition to date.
They went into this edition of the Bash as the 5.0 favourites. Yet a quick glance at the table shows they’re currently seventh, with just one win from five matches. Hardly what you’d expect from a champion side, with the latest setback being a one-run defeat against the Sydney Thunder after their top order failed once again. They’re now out at 11.0 in the Big Bash bets to go on and win it. So what’s going on with the Scorchers?
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They’re missing the Marshes
They knew they’d definitely be without Shaun Marsh for the first six or seven games as he’s an essential part of the Test team. And they knew he’d probably stay with the ODI side at the end of the Series.
They also knew they’d probably be without brother Mitchell Marsh once the ODI stuff started.
What they didn’t expect was to be without Mitch this early on. But a horror run from Peter Handscomb with the bat forced the Selectors’ hand, they called up the younger Marsh and now they’re without the pair of them.
Probably because he was out of the Test side, the Scorchers made Mitch their skipper for the season. So they lost their captain and their best all-rounder. They’re a better outfit when he’s batting at 4 and bowling when necessary. Ironically, his poor performance for the Test side may result in him being dropped and therefore available to play for the Scorchers, although some discarded from international duty is hardly likely to be in any sort of form. Still, it’s a completely different format so you never know.
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Michael Klinger on the wane
Age catches up with us all eventually. Even when you’re the record scorer in the history of the Big Bash. Klinger is just about the nicest man in Australian cricket but there’s nothing nice about his run of form. Five knocks have produced scores of 28, 3,2,5 and 20. This is surely his last year of Bash cricket…and that’s if the axe doesn’t fall over the next couple of weeks in which case he might have played his last match full stop.
Overseas stars not shining so much
Recruiting a key member of England’s T20 side who bats and bowl plus a young leg-spinner no-one has seen much of looked a pretty good plan a few weeks ago. Maybe not so much now.
David Willey has just 29 runs from five innings despite having opened once and batted at three another time and has taken just one wicket. At least he’s playing.
Usman Qadir conceded 20 of two overs in the first game and hasn’t played since. Now is the time to recall him because they don’t really have anything to lose. Now is also the time that the pitches begin to wear so he might be invaluable. They really missed him on a raging Bunsen at the Sydney Thunder.
Is Tye a little Tyred?
If there was one player you really wouldn’t want to be without as a Scorchers fan, it’s Andrew Tye. Last year’s top-wicket taker in the IPL is generally regarded as one of the best T20 bowlers going. But despite only mostly playing T20s for Australia he looks a little jaded after a summer that also included a stint in the T20 Blast in the UK.
Four wickets from five games is pretty poor by his standards but what’s even worse is his economy rate. He’s been going at a barely believable 9.26 runs an over. At this rate he’s likely to miss out on selection for the ODIs. Though much like with Mitchell Marsh, it doesn’t bode well for the Scorchers to have players so out of form that their country decides they’re not needed.
Big Bash Bets: Can the Scorchers turn it around?
Well, that’s the million-dollar question. They’re not quite drinking in last chance saloon just yet and they’ll be glad that this year for the first time there are 14 matches in the group stages so have more games to recover from their awful start.
And at least it’s only really in one area where they need to drastically improve. Their bowlers have been good as per usual with the exception of Tye (an Qadir) so it’s a case of the batters showing the bowlers some support. The much-maligned Cameron Bancroft actually looked in pretty good touch in making 21 on a horrible wicket and could be a key player for the remainder of the season.
The other trump card they have is home advantage. Four of their five games so far were away and the one that was at home…they won. It’s almost unheard of for them to be 11.0 at this stage of the season. But they are. They have plenty more matches on home soil coming up and if anyone can turn it around, it’s them
But they really are running out of chances.