Champions League 2013 September 16, 2013

Alfonso, Marsh out of Perth squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Perth Scorchers have made two changes in their Champions League squad. Alfonso Thomas, the Somerset fast bowler, will not be available for the tournament as Somerset have chosen to retain him for the ongoing county season. Perth have named South Australia fast bowler, Joe Mennie, as his immediate replacement.

Shaun Marsh, the Australia batsman, who recently pulled up with a hamstring injury during the fourth ODI against England, has also been ruled out of the Champions League, with Marcus North being named his replacement.

"It is obviously disappointing not to have Alfonso available," Ben Oliver, the general manager of cricket operations for Perth Scorchers, said. "However, it is not unexpected and is part of the landscape of Twenty20 cricket.

"In saying this, it is a great opportunity for Joe, who is a talented young bowler who performed well for us in last year's CLT20 tournament. Marcus is a proven performer at international level and we welcome his experience back into the side.

"He was unlucky to miss initial selection in the squad, but has returned from the UK in good form and we look forward to him contributing to what we hope will be a successful Champions League campaign."

Perth have been in Darwin the last week, acclimatising to conditions which they perceive as similar to what they expect in India. The squad competed in a three-game T20 series against NT Strike, which they won 2-1.

They are expected to fly out of Perth on Tuesday morning, with their first game against Highveld Lions on September 23 in Ahmedabad.

Perth Scorchers: Simon Katich (capt), Ashton Agar, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Burt Cockley, Liam Davis, Brad Hogg, Joe Mennie, Marcus North, Joel Paris, Tom Triffitt, Ashton Turner, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman.

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  • Lee on September 21, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Agar, Beer, Hogg, Turner...How many spinners do they plan on playing at a time?

  • Satish on September 18, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    I don't see a pure bats man in the team,its a worry yes Katich and North are war vets but I think and its just me saying they are past their prime.

  • Justin on September 17, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Rajeev129 - I think half the IPL teams deserve to play the qualifiers. Have max 2 teams per country auto qualify for the tournament proper and the rest go through a qualifying stage.

  • Richard on September 17, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    @Rajeev129:-You can't change the rules of a competition when it's already in progress, as it is since the selection process has already been decided. To change the rules at this stage would be blatantly unfair and set a very poor precedent, that should be rather obvious.

  • $$ milind on September 16, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Poor Scorchers, its hard to see they are without all their star players. This means Hogg, Beer will have to play out of their skins in this tournament. But, this CLT20 will help Adam Voges to get used to the conditions for the upcoming ODI series vs India.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Simon Katich I am happy u are still playing. I am from NSW a Srilankan who has supported u thru thick and thin Ranjan Rodrigo

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    @AKS286 - Coulter-Nile is in Mumbai Indians teamfor CLT20,bcoz Malinga is out bcoz of personnel reasons!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Respect to a great cricket #AlfonsoThomas for choosing what is right. Prioritise to First class cricket for T20, is great thing.......sorry....its not a great thing but its a Big thing.

  • Andrew on September 16, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    @dwblurb, nice one. you should learn that Australian cricket administrators don't actually need facts to make their decisions. to quote Homer (simpson that is) "facts can be used to prove anything that's even remotely true"....

  • Samuel on September 16, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Great for us that Alfonso is staying - shows he's an honourary West Country boy nowadays!

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