Perth Scorchers will clash against Brisbane Heat in the 33rd match of the Big Bash League 2022-23 at Perth Stadium on Saturday (January 7). Perth Scorchers suffered a big six-wicket loss against the Sydney Thunder in their last match but they remain at the top of the table with ten points from the opening seven matches. Captain Ashton Turner smashed 61 runs off 37 balls to help the Scorchers score 142 runs while batting first but the Thunder easily chased the target with three overs remaining.
Brisbane Heat’s last match against Sydney Sixers was abandoned due to rain. They are struggling in the seventh position in the league table with just two wins from the opening seven matches. The Scorchers have won four of their last five matches against the Heat and are favorites to win this fixture.
Probable Playing XI
NR Hobson, AJ Turner(C), A Lyth, AM Hardie, CT Bancroft, JP Inglis, JP Behrendorff, P Hatzoglou, M Kelly, LR Morris, AJ Tye
Bench : AC Agar, Cooper Connolly, LJ Evans, C Green, MR Marsh, TS Mills, JA Richardson, PD Salt, F du Plessis, Stevie Eskinazi, Hamish McKenzie
C Munro, RA Whiteley, Josh Brown, James Bazley, Michael Neser, NA McSweeney, Sam Billings, Jimmy Peirson(C), Matthew Kuhnemann, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson
Bench : Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Jack Wildermuth, SR Hain, SH Johnson, Will Prestwidge
Injury and availability news
Faf du Plessis has returned to South Africa to play in SA20 2023 tournament and Jhye Richardson is ruled out of the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.
The pitch at Perth Stadium has a balanced surface with an average first innings score of 140 runs. The pacers have dominated the pitch in the recent matches here but fans can expect a big total if the Scorchers bat first on Saturday.
This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.