Australian news July 1, 2011

Herschelle Gibbs to play for Perth

ESPNcricinfo staff

Perth Scorchers might have missed out on Chris Gayle but they have secured another international star after signing the South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs for the Big Bash League. On the second day of the tournament's initial contract window, Perth had already named half their 18-man squad, with Gibbs and Michael Hussey the major new signings.

Hobart Hurricanes also confirmed their first players, with the Pakistan allrounder Rana Naved-ul-Hasan set to return to the city after previously playing Twenty20 cricket with Tasmania. Hobart also locked in the Tasmania pair of Tim Paine and Xavier Doherty, both of whom are Cricket Australia-contracted.

The SCG-based Sydney Sixers signed the local allrounders Steven Smith and Moises Henriques, while South Australia's Daniel Harris and Cameron Borgas will line up for Adelaide Strikers. Brisbane Heat added Chris Lynn and Nick Buchanan, two young Queensland players, to their squad, while Mitchell Marsh, Tom Beaton and Nathan Coulter-Nile will join Perth.

But the biggest-name recruit on Friday was Gibbs, who will join his former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur, who is Perth's mentor. Arthur said Gibbs, 37, who no longer plays for the South Africa national team, and Hussey, would be significant assets for Perth as they aimed to win the inaugural BBL title and qualify for the Champions League.

"When recruiting international players you need to make sure these players bring outstanding qualities and add value to your set-up, and I firmly believe in Herschelle we have exactly that," Arthur said. "I have known Herschelle for many years and have seen him destroy some of the best attacks in world cricket. I am looking forward to seeing him take to the KFC Big Bash League in a similar manner and I'm sure the Perth Scorcher's fans will really warm to him.

"Mike [Hussey] is a legend of Western Australia cricket and despite the fact we may not see him line up for Perth very often, we wanted to make sure he was not going anywhere else. If for any reason he has a chance to play more KFC Big Bash League matches than anticipated, we want to ensure he is doing it in the orange colours."

The squads so far

Adelaide Strikers Daniel Harris, Cameron Borgas

Brisbane Heat Nick Buchanan, Ryan Harris, Chris Lynn

Hobart Hurricanes Xavier Doherty, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Tim Paine

Melbourne Renegades No players yet

Melbourne Stars No players yet

Perth Scorchers Tom Beaton, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Herschelle Gibbs, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach

Sydney Sixers Moises Henriques, Steven Smith

Sydney Thunder Chris Gayle, David Warner

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  • Andrew on July 4, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    @SeaforthA1 - my point was that Gibbs will have more off days then on, particularly as he gets older because he doesn't have good technique to fall back on. I mentioned that stat because it is significant in comparison to all that have come before him. As far as technique is concerned re: other players, techniques are going the opposite way to which you suggest. From the Chanderpaul/Katich crab - to the S Smith/Hughes/Jayusurya axeman stance/grip, players are more & more moving towards stances/techniques aimed at clearing the way for a mighty smack.

  • Robert on July 4, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    @hyclass. Guess we will have to wait and see. But you miss my point. I think Gibbs is a good choice considering the lack of international talent available and on his day just as good as Gayle or Hussey. Averages only give some indication of a player in t20 and odi's. Where you play, who against and where you bat in the order can have a massive impact on averages. Also how good a fielder you are is not part of averages either. My personal preference is to only use averages to compare test cricketers as there are too many variables to use them in the other formats. @Meety. That is another stat I find a little pointless. Gilchrist also has a high % of being bowled. As does Bradman. But should they have changed their style. This is the problem with cricket in general these days. Stats are over anaylised. A good case in point is what is currently happening to Warner and Hughes who are being forced to alter their exciting flamboyant style. We will all be watching copybook robots soon.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Nice balance for the Perth Scorchers with Gibbs and Marsh at the top, Hussey, Katich?!?! looking forward to some exciting cricket DU...far from the realms of the IPL

  • kazi on July 4, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    perth seem to have a good balance team so far, but the opening pair of sydney thunder have justified the team name (thunder)

  • Andrew on July 3, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    @ SeaforthA1 - you are correct that on his day - Gibbs is lethal. It could be argued his powers are diminishing - but what I believe Hyclass was saying is that "his day" doesn't blow in often enough. Can't remember the stat for sure - but I think he has the highest % of being bowled of any well established top order batsmen ever. Suggests he has a few technical issues. Probably will do well at the WACA.

  • Christopher on July 3, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    @SeaforthA1.Gibbs record suggest that he is not in the same league as the others in 20/20 in particular.Warner has a better 20/20 record.Chappell and others saw him recently as a potential test player on the back of one 1st class hundred.Yet he has scored 126 runs in his last eleven innings-a poor return for anyones money.The Sth Africa vs Aust. game youre citing was on a lightning outfield,flat pitch and small ground.Everyone made runs,hence the huge totals.But lets let their records speak for themselves: Chris Gayle-Test average:41.65 S/R 59.1 ODI average:39.06 S/R 83.95 T20I average:32.47 20/20 average:36.38 S/R 150.13...Mike Hussey-Test average:51.09 S/R 48.49 ODI average:51.41 S/R 88.46 T20I average:35.15 S/R 150.32 20/20 average: 41.87 S/R Gibbs-Test average:41.95 S/R 50.26 ODI average:36.13 S/R 83.26 T20I average:18.18 S/R 125.78 20/20 average:26.20 S/R 125.66.Hussey is streets ahead in all formats and Gayle ahead in ODI average and way ahead in both 20/20 formats.

  • Robert on July 3, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    @hyclass. Obviously you missed the game where South Africa chased down our short lived ODI high score record. Gibbs is just like Gayle or Hussey and any of them can be hot or cold. But just like Gayle or Hussey when he is hot he is very hot. Considering the international talent that won't be available I think the teams have bought pretty smart so far. CA have just allocated the dates of this tournament at the worst possible time. Nothing new with the ludicrous decision making they have been up to in all aspects in recent years.

  • Anupam on July 3, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    now indian & english fans are talking soo much about the cricket. but i'm waiting for the aussies when they will regroup and the dominance again comes to existance. no team is as better than aussies in odi & TEST. aussies did't win the game Oz make other team to surrender. but my doubt on clarke he is still a rookie. i dont like clarke he is the worst player in odi cricket. adam voges deserve in th clarke position.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    If Team: Sydney Thunder, The place were i live, can get Shahid Afridi, Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson, Thunder's batting will dominate. Hope to see Brett Lee Bowling for us as we need good pacers. "Shaun Tait" should be selected as he is currently worlds fastest bowler, WONDER why Scorchers did'nt select. But good luck Sydney Thunder and get a good batting line-up, as our openers look like they will dominate (Gayle, Warner).

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    go Afridi there are lot of jealous here you are more than sehwag, yuvraj infact whole indian team

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