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Big Bash: Scorchers begin their bid for title treble

Two-time defending champions Perth Scorchers get their BBL title defence underway when they head to the GMHBA Stadium in Geelong to take on Melbourne Renegades on Sunday.

Their hosts have one game already under their belt, but they will be eager to put a win on the board after going down by eight runs in a tight contest against Sydney Sixers at the SCG.

WhatMelbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers
WhereGMHBA Stadium, Geelong
When18:15 (AEST) Sunday 10th December
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsMelbourne Renegades 2.30, Perth Scorchers 1.61

De Kock arrival bolsters Renegades

The Renegades almost got over the line against the Sixers on Friday, but lost out by just eight runs despite the best efforts of Adam Zampa and Will Sutherland.

Leg-spinner Zampa continued on from his outstanding World Cup performances, taking 2-24 from his four overs, before all-rounder Sutherland added to his 2-21 by smacking 51 not out from 30 balls to almost sees his side home.

And the Renegades will have two fresh options to choose for the showdown with the Scorchers - veteran seamer Peter Siddle and South Africa wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock.

Left-hander De Kock, like Zampa, excelled at the World Cup, as he marked his ODI farewell with 594 runs in ten knocks, including four centuries.

He is likely to slot in at the top of the order alongside Englishman Joe Clarke, with skipper Nic Maddinson moving down to a middle-order role, with Clarke 4.00 to be Team - Top Batter against the Scorchers and 2.25 to score 30+ runs.

Siddle will also hope to be given a chance to impress, as he requires four more wickets to bring up a century in Big Bash cricket - he is 4.00 to be Team - Top Bowler, with Zampa the market leader at 3.60.

Scorchers stick with winning formula

The Scorchers have a settled look to their roster ahead of their bid for a three-peat, with eight of the XI who played in the final win over Brisbane Heat at the end of last season still in the fold.

Aaron Hardie - leading runscorer in the competition last season with 460 - says he is fully fit and is hoping to make his mark with both bat and ball, while experienced seamers Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff remain on the roster.

They both claimed more than 20 wickets in the tournament last season, with left-armer Behrendorff is also coming into the competition on the back of some superb performances in the T20I series in India.

And fellow pacer Lance Morris is confident that a third successive title can be claimed, telling AAP: "Absolutely it's on. We've got a really nice balance of experienced players and a couple of fresh, new faces in the squad."

Three English batters are among the Scorchers ranks, but new signing Zak Crawley is not yet in Australia as he completes his England duties in the West Indies, but both Steve Eskinazi and Laurie Evans are available.

Evans is 3.75 to be Team - Top Batter against the Renegades, with Hardie at 4.33 in the same market, while Behrendorff is 2.20 to take over 1.5 wickets in the match.

Scorchers dominate against Renegades

Previous meetings between these two sides have usually gone the way of the record five-time Big Bash champion Scorchers, who have won 15 of the 18 games they have played against the Renegades to date.

Last season the Scorchers squeezed home by five wickets with two balls to spare in the game played at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, before winning by ten runs in a high-scoring affair at Perth Stadium.

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