2017-18 Big Bash League – Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers Preview

10th Jan 2018 by TSZ

When? Thursday, 11th January

Where? Spotless Stadium

Weather? Sydney has recently been hit by storms but there is only a small chance of rain on Thursday with temperatures of 22-24c expected

What channel is it on? Channel TEN in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Are tickets still available? http://www.sydneythunder.com.a...

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD 
Last five meetings: Sydney Thunder W1, Perth Scorchers W4 
All-time meetings: Sydney Thunder W1, Perth Scorchers W5

SYDNEY THUNDER

Coach: Paddy Upton

Captain: Shane Watson

  • The Thunder’s chances of making the final four are running out and this game is essentially a must-win match against one of the premier teams in the competition as they have to beat the Scorchers here.
  • They have to do without England international Jos Buttler who had been hitting top form in the last couple of matches so he will be missed at the top of the order and he will be replaced by fellow countryman James Vince although that does reduce their firepower somewhat.
  • They do welcome back Usman Khawaja who will further strengthen their batting line-up and he will likely open in place of Buttler while Jay Lenton also comes into the 13-man squad which means Ryan Gibson and Aiden Blizzard are the two players to drop out of contention.

PERTH SCORCHERS

Coach: Justin Langer

Captain: Adam Voges

  • The Scorchers' impressive form from last year has continued into this as they have won five of their six matches so far and they are a lock to reach the final four barring their international call-ups causing any major disruption.
  • There are three changes to the 13-man squad for this game as Cameron Bancroft comes back into the fold after international duty, Tim Bresnan returns to replace his English colleague David Willey who is with the national team, and Matthew Kelly comes in while Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye are lost to the Aussie ODI team.
  • The loss of the three bowlers severely weakens this potent Scorchers bowling attack which has been their major strength so far so the reliance on the likes of Mitchell Johnson and the batsmen is even greater now from this game onwards.

PREDICTION
This Scorchers side does not look quite as fearsome without Tye, Richardson and Willey, as opposing teams will now be able to focus on playing out Mitchell Johnson’s four overs and target the remaining 16 to score from. That will surely be the Thunder’s approach here and they look stronger overall from their changes with Vince and Khawaja outweighing the loss of Jos Buttler. The urgency for the Thunder is far greater than the Scorchers and the underdogs may well just cause the surprise here with home advantage.

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