Jan 3: Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades, Perth

Pro Tip: Although it is their home ground, the Perth Scorchers have not had too much success at the Perth Stadium, winning only 40% of their games there. At the WACA, their previous home ground, they won almost 70% of their games. The Scorchers bowlers especially, have struggled at the new venue, so avoid picking too many bowlers from their side.

Our XI: Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Inglis, Andrew Tye, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nabi, Peter Hatzoglou, Kane Richardson

Substitutes: Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Sam Harper, Imad Wasim

Player availability: No major changes expected for both sides as of now.

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: Liam Livingstone
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 scored 78 (49) and 79 (54) in his last two outings there.

Vice-captain: Shaun Marsh
The BBL veteran was with the Scorchers for eight seasons, and will now be up against them. At the time of writing, he's the leading run-scorer in this year's tournament so far, with 233 runs in six games. His last two scores have been 67 and 87, and at this particular venue, his last four outings have yielded a sizeable 181 runs at a strike rate of 158.77.

Hot Picks
Jason Roy: Roy has shown glimpses of what he is capable of in the two knocks he has played in the tournament so far, hitting 21 off 11 and 49 off 32. He has been in phenomenal hitting form, recording three 50-plus scores in five T20 Blast games and accumulating 206 runs at a strike rate of 131.21.

Mitchell Marsh: The younger Marsh brother could also get you loads of points. The Scorchers' all-rounder has been in good form with the bat with scores of 52 (41) and 38 (24) in two of his last three games. He didn't bowl in the initial part of the tournament, but has taken the ball again in his last two games, one of which yielded 2 for 14 in four overs.

Mohammad Nabi: The number one ranked T20I all-rounder in the world started the season with indifferent form, but has come back strongly. He scored an important 33 (24 balls) in the last game against the Sydney Thunder, and picked up a couple of wickets in the match against the Sydney Sixers. His all-round capabilities make him a must-have in your team.

Differential Picks

Kane Richardson: The Melbourne Renegades top wicket-taker this season, he went wicketless in a rain-curtailed game against the Thunder but has picked up nine wickets in six games so far. He has picked up eight wickets in three games at this venue at an astounding average of 5.75 and economy of 4.18.

Peter Hatzoglou: The tall leg-spinner is someone who is expected to get extra bounce on this Perth pitch, which might trouble batsmen. He's come into the side and impressed immediately in his debut season, having picked up seven wickets in the five innings in which he's bowled.

Alternate Scenarios

  • Imad Wasim can replace Rilee Rossouw.
  • Ashton Turner and Josh Inglis can be swapped.