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Big Bash League: Scorchers out to hit Sydney for Six

The Perth Scorchers will be out to make home advantage count when they take on the Sydney Sixers in front of a packed Optus Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Scorchers have been the best team throughout BBL12 so far and after finishing top of the pile they have earned the right to play at home. Should the worst happen and they lose to the Sixers, they still have another chance and will again be on home soil.

However they are keen to get the job done first-up and we could be in for a thriller. Whoever wins will go straight through to next weekend’s final, while the losers will get another bite of the cherry.

If any team is capable of turning over the Scorchers in the West, it is the Sixers, who finished second on the ladder and are priced at 6/4 to go on and win BBL12. These are two sides packed with quality and they are also bang in form.

It has all the makings of a classic and at least we know the weather will not spoil it. It is a glorious day in Perth.

The same can not be said of Sydney where the weather ruined the opening finals clash between the Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat.

The Heat batted first and posted 5-203 but the Thunder did not get the chance to have a good crack at the chase as the heavens opened and the rain poured down.

Sydney were on 1-52 when the match was abandoned and the Heat went through via the Duckworth Lewis method.

What:Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers
Where:Optus Stadium, Perth
When:19:15 (AEST) Saturday 28th January 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel Go, Kayo Sports
Odds:Scorchers 3/4, Sixers 11/10

Form guide – Both sides on fire

Last year’s champions Perth Scorchers have been in fine form since day one and once again look to be the team beat. They have been consistently good throughout BBL12 when losing just three games out of 14 in the regular season and look to be in good touch heading into the finals.

The men from the West have won their last three games and confidence will be high. After finishing top of the ladder they are guaranteed two home finals.

They are priced at 11/10 to go on and win BBL12 but there can be no easing off and they will need to go full throttle once again in the finals, starting at Optus on Saturday night. 

If anyone is to stop the Perth Scorchers, the Sixers are the team most likely to do it following another very impressive BBL campaign.

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They finished just a point behind the Scorchers in the regular season and will be buzzing after winning their last six games on the bounce. That winning streak included a six-run win over the Scorchers in Sydney and they will be out to do the same again in Perth on Saturday. 

The Sixers have won their last three games with ease and were very impressive when beating city rivals the Thunder by 125 runs last week.

Team news – Scorchers missing key men

The Scorchers have an extremely strong squad that is packed with talent but it will be tested on Saturday as a host of key players are missing.

Pace bowlers Jhye Richardson and Matt Kelly are both set to miss the game through injury and concussion respectively. There is also no Ashton Agar as the spin bowler has been summoned to prepare for Australia’s upcoming Test tour against India.

That call has raised a few eyebrows in the West but they have to make do without him. Meanwhile the Scorchers will also have to make a late call on another of their pace bowlers, David Payne.

He has been one of the stars for the Scorchers this tournament but has been struggling with flu this week and may have to sit out.

Scorchers squad: Ashton Turner, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly, Stephen Eskinazi, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Lance Morris, David Payne, Chris Sabburg, Andrew Tye.

Duo out for Sixers

In fairness the Sixers will also be missing Australian spin bowlers Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy for the same reason as Agar and the Scorchers.

But batsman Steve Smith will be playing and he will be crucial to the Sixers chances of picking up the win. Smith has been in outstanding form and is priced at 11/5 to finish the game as Sydney’s top batsman.

Josh Kann joins the extended squad as a local replacement for Murphy.

Sixers squad: Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Josh Kann, Hayden Kerr, Izharulhaq Naveed, Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe, Lachlan Shaw, Jordan Silk, Steve Smith.

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