Jan 6: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers, Perth
Pro Tip: Proven performers at Perth Stadium like Mitchell Marsh, Liam Livingstone, and Andrew Tye are must-haves in your team.
Our XI: Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Fawad Ahmed, Andrew Tye, Josh Philippe, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis
Substitutes: Daniel Hughes, Carlos Brathwaite, Colin Munro, Jhye Richardson
Player availability: No major changes expected for both teams ahead of this clash.
We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss
Captain: Mitchell Marsh
The enigmatic Australian allrounder has been on top of his batting form, accumulating 115 runs in six innings and he remained unbeaten in three of his last four innings. He was also exceptional with the ball in the game against the Adelaide Strikers, picking up 2 for 14 in his four overs. He is the top run-scorer at this venue in BBL, scoring 291 runs in 13 games at an average of 36.37 and a strike rate of 150.
Vice-captain: Josh Philippe
He is the ongoing BBL season's leading run-scorer with 261 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 144.19. Philippe scored a scintillating 44-ball 81 not-out against the Scorchers in the last edition of BBL.
The leading run-getter for the Scorchers last year, Livingston made 425 runs in the 2019-20 season. That included an astonishing 27 sixes in 14 games, the second-highest in the tournament. He loves batting at the Perth Stadium, having accumulated 177 runs in his last three outings at a strike rate of 155.83.
Inglis had a breakthrough season last year but could not quite build on that from early on in this season. After a string of low scores while opening the batting, he was demoted to middle order and that proved wonders for him, scoring 44* (31) and 72*(41). His innovative batting style might cause some trouble for the Sixers' bowlers.
BBL veteran Christian has hit the top form in this edition of the league. He has picked up nine wickets at an average of 20.22 and has scored 99 runs at a strike rate of 215.21. His 16-ball 50 against the strikers earlier in this season was the second-fastest fifty in BBL history.
The Sixers finisher has been in terrific form this season accumulating 194 runs in seven games at a strike rate of 151.56. He has managed to score 30-plus runs in four of his last six outings even though he plays majorly at No. 5. No one has scored more runs at that position this season yet - 179 runs in 119 balls.
Andrew Tye has not been at his best in the current edition, picking up only four wickets in five innings. But he has done really well in the past at the Perth Stadium, picking up 11 wickets in eight games at an average of 17.27. Against the Sixers, he has picked up 15 wickets in ten games.