Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes in Perth
Our XI: D’Arcy Short, Josh Inglis, Cameron Bancroft, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Qais Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Riley Meredith, Matt Kelly, James Faulkner
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Captain: Mitchell Marsh
He started the season on a high, but followed it up with a couple of middling scores. Still, expect Mitchell Marsh to come good, especially with the match taking place on home turf. He is a high-value pick since he can be handy with the ball as well. Vice-captain: D’Arcy Short
With two fifties in five matches this season, Short is an automatic pick for this game. The Hurricanes are currently second-last on the table and are desperately looking for a win; Short is the kind of batsman who can pull that off single-handedly.
In his last game, Bancroft held the Scorchers innings together even as wickets fell at the other end, and eventually finished with a match-winning fifty. He also has a 37-ball 51 at Perth Stadium, where he joined hands with Marsh to beat the Melbourne Renegades last month.
The express quick can get you wickets with the new ball as well as at the death. His bouncers are lethal and he can bowl at big speed – useful skills on a pitch with pace and bounce. He has nine wickets from five games so far, including two three-fors.
He’s enhanced his reputation as a death-bowling specialist, picking up eight wickets in five games for the Scorchers. He has also come out with good shows each time he has played in Perth this season, with five wickets in two matches.
The 29-year-old left-arm pacer has been quite economical this season. With seven wickets in four games, he’s rattled the opposition batsmen both with the new ball and at the death.