The Scorchers finished as runner-up in the Big Bash last season. Source: Getty Images/perthnow.com.au
The Scorchers get their Champions League Twenty20 campaign underway when they face the Otago Volts at Jaipur on Wednesday night (AEST), after their opening fixture against the Lions was washed out on Monday. The Perth based franchise has been the dominant Twenty20 team in Australia recently, reaching the Big Bash decider in each of the past two seasons. They have failed to reproduce that sort of form on the international stage however, but get the opportunity to build on it against the Volts.
Mike Hussey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Herschelle Gibbs and Alfonso Thomas are all unavailable, while Shaun and Mitchell Marsh are out injured but the Scorchers will still field several experienced players as they bid for just their second victory in as many Champions League campaigns. Simon Katich and Australian limited-overs star Adam Voges will form the nucleus of the batting line-up, while former Test spinners Brad Hogg and Michael Beer will lead a bowling attack heavily reliant on the slow men.
Unlike Perth, Otago has already played three matches in India, after being forced to come through the qualifying stage to enter the tournament proper. New Zealand’s HRV Cup champions won each of its three qualifying fixtures to extend its winning run to 13 after 10 consecutive victories propelled the side to the domestic crown earlier in the year. Black Cap opener Hamish Rutherford and Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate led the scoring for the side in the domestic competition, while New Zealand skipper Brendan McCullum has shown his worth to the side with two half centuries in three matches on tour.
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