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Herschelle Gibbs to play for Perth

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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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  • POSTED BY Meety 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.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY kaushiq 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)

  • POSTED BY Meety 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.

  • POSTED BY hyclass 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 128.38...now 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.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ 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.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 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.

  • POSTED BY 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).

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY Meety 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.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY kaushiq 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)

  • POSTED BY Meety 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.

  • POSTED BY hyclass 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 128.38...now 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.

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ 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.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 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.

  • POSTED BY 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).

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY hyclass on | July 2, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Gibbs has neither the average nor the strike rate to be do more than make up the numbers.His game is risky and unreliable.He can be special,but rarely is.Naved ul-Hasan is modestly performed and little more than an honest 1st class player who bowls reasonably in shorter formats.Warner has 3 hundreds in 186 innings since first playing for NSW 4 and a half years ago-almost all of them opening-and a poor average.Of those players listed,only Gayle and Hussey appear top class at all levels.While on their day,any player can contribute,this rarely happens with the lesser players that populate this tournament.I dont see how people can be convinced to spend their money more than once with so few quality players.They are being announced as stars signings,far in advance of anything their records suggest.Its cheap hype and when all is said and done,about as appealing as the day old KFC that sponsors it.Interestingly,there is a push to ban KFC and junk food advertising aimed at kids in australia.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | July 2, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    warriors team is awesome. gonnna smash everyone.

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | July 2, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    @AWAIS AHMED: ohk but sehwag+yuvraj+raina+dhoni+zaheer khan dont avg 20 in ODIs ...and i m still not going into test cricket....by the way where was ur SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI during wc semifinal....cricket is played on the ground.. not by giving statements in the media....

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | July 2, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    As a Tasmanian, I'm glad to see Rana Naved coming back for another season. He's been an exceptional performer in previous Big Bash seasons. I'd like to see Hobart secure the services of Tendo, but I somehow think after the WC he is going to be a man in demand. Er, not that I actually like this BBL/T20 stuff, of course ;) Sometimes you want a four-course meal at a swanky restaurant, and sometimes you just want a chiko roll on a park bench...

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | July 1, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    RajaDinak, the BCCI has banned Indian players from playing in the BBL. Otherwise I'm sure there would have been some takers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    sehwag+yuvraj+raina+dhoni+zaheer khan= SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI... who will sign him

  • POSTED BY RajaDinakaran on | July 1, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    In IPL many aussies where picked by the Indian franchise in the opening days itself, but after 2 days ,their is no Indian player selected in BBL?Y is it so???May be due to international comitment but what abt other INDIAN talent???

  • POSTED BY squaddy on | July 1, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    I hope to see Andre Russell from the west indies. he seems to be one of the most promising young allrounder currently in International cricket and Lindel Simmons wud be one to watch>>> but go Gayle!!!

  • POSTED BY AMD. on | July 1, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Rana Naved is a specialist in this format. He is brilliant bowler especially in death overs and a handy batsman too.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | July 1, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @Hoggy_1989: Warner has given the WIndies and India a touch up or 2, and has more talent than most; it's not his fault he's been pigeonholed because of that first innings against SA. Also, the 'pathetic money grabbing marketing campaign' will (hopefully) bring much needed revenue to the Aus cricket system, and will hopefully stop us from playing India ad nauseum in what is just another pathetic, money-grabbing tour.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 1, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    @ Hoggy_1989. I can't name one, but here's 3 for starters. 63 off 53 balls vs. WI at The oval, 67 off 29 balls vs. WI in Sydney 2009/10 & 72 off 54 vs. India Bridgetown at the ICC World T20. He may not be a stylist, but no one had ever treated Steyn with the disdain he showed at the huge MCG ground as Warner did. I would suggest he had something to offermore than most.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    really good to see some Pakistani players getting involve with the big bash... hope they will rock this time and make their way to the national side

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Hope to see some Pakistani Players in the mixed too. Delighted with Rana's selection, Seems like a good league. Hopefully it'll be a worth watch.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    hope to see more dashing pakistani talent in BBL.........

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    No use of having an outform player..

  • POSTED BY chrisgus on | July 1, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    who is gonna sign Ashwin?

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | July 1, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Mickey is getting all the Warriors! Good man, at least I can back the Scorchers with a clear mind now. He needs to try and get Umar Gul. That would be perfect.

  • POSTED BY Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on | July 1, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    The Scorchers batting line up is brilliant! When all available, there already is: 1.Gibbs 2 Katich 3 Shaun Marsh 4 Michael Hussey 5 Ferguson, 6 M Marsh 7 Pomerbasch! Wow!

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Wht about BOOM BOOM??? who will he play for?

  • POSTED BY cmonaussiecmon on | July 1, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Sorry, but Scorchers will dominate!

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi where.....?

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | July 1, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    @kkrisawesome: Not to mention incredibly unreliable. Name one other innings Dave Warner has played for Australia AFTER his debut innings, where he's scored a lot of runs...what's that? You can't? That's because there aren't any.

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | July 1, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    If the teams seem to be signing local talent with a few extra international players...then what was the point of changing the team names? May as well have kept the old state based competition, which would keep all the loyalists and traditionalists onside instead of alienating them all with a pathetic money grabbing marketing campaign.

  • POSTED BY Nuxxy on | July 1, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    It definitely seems like Mickey was the only coach with a real plan.

  • POSTED BY kkrisawesome on | July 1, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    the thunders opening partnership looks explosive!

  • POSTED BY Rajit on | July 1, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    BCCI should atleast allow Limited over players ,who will be on plane to Australia later in the summer for tri-series,to participate in the KFC BBL.It will provide a good opportunity to them to get acclimatised to those connditions instead of playing in Ranji trophy on flat pitches.

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  • POSTED BY Rajit on | July 1, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    BCCI should atleast allow Limited over players ,who will be on plane to Australia later in the summer for tri-series,to participate in the KFC BBL.It will provide a good opportunity to them to get acclimatised to those connditions instead of playing in Ranji trophy on flat pitches.

  • POSTED BY kkrisawesome on | July 1, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    the thunders opening partnership looks explosive!

  • POSTED BY Nuxxy on | July 1, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    It definitely seems like Mickey was the only coach with a real plan.

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | July 1, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    If the teams seem to be signing local talent with a few extra international players...then what was the point of changing the team names? May as well have kept the old state based competition, which would keep all the loyalists and traditionalists onside instead of alienating them all with a pathetic money grabbing marketing campaign.

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | July 1, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    @kkrisawesome: Not to mention incredibly unreliable. Name one other innings Dave Warner has played for Australia AFTER his debut innings, where he's scored a lot of runs...what's that? You can't? That's because there aren't any.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi where.....?

  • POSTED BY cmonaussiecmon on | July 1, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Sorry, but Scorchers will dominate!

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Wht about BOOM BOOM??? who will he play for?

  • POSTED BY Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on | July 1, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    The Scorchers batting line up is brilliant! When all available, there already is: 1.Gibbs 2 Katich 3 Shaun Marsh 4 Michael Hussey 5 Ferguson, 6 M Marsh 7 Pomerbasch! Wow!

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | July 1, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Mickey is getting all the Warriors! Good man, at least I can back the Scorchers with a clear mind now. He needs to try and get Umar Gul. That would be perfect.