Sunday Big Bash Double Header

Despite being one of the unfancied teams going into the Big Bash, the Perth Scorchers have surprised everyone by winning three of their opening four fixtures in the competition. A victory against the Adelaide Strikers in the second match of Sunday’s double header would virtually assure them of a place in the semi-finals. South African import Herschelle Gibbs has been a revelation for the Scorchers, scoring 166 runs at an average of 41.50 so far. Spinners Michael Beer and Brad Hogg have been miserly with the ball, going for less than seven runs an over.

The Strikers have themselves relied heavily on the spinners, with Aaron O’Brien and Johan Botha playing an important role in their victories in the tournament. Botha is now unavailable due to international commitments however and James Muirhead, who made his debut against Brisbane at the Gabba will not have an even greater role to play.

The opening match of the day sees the inaugural Sydney derby played out between the Thunder  and Sixers . West Indian Fidel Edwards will be playing his last game for the Thunder, while Australian allrounder Shane Watson could make his return from injury for the Sixers. 

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