Lyon Set To Roar In Sixers Colours

Image courtesy of perthnow.com.au/AFP
Nathan Lyon makes his first apperance for the Sydney Sixers on Friday night. Image courtesy of perthnow.com.au/AFP
The Perth Scorchers have done the job at home this season winning two matches by six runs and the other by six wickets. Fittingly now they have to take on the Sixers, but this match is in Sydney, and the West Australians haven’t won on the road yet this Big Bash. Things have been made all the more difficult for Perth with Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile joining Australia’s one-day squad, while Cricket Australia looks like kyboshing any thought of the Scorchers unleashing quick Pat Cummins on his New South Wales teammates. Add to that Alfonso Thomas’s niggling back injury, and the Scorchers have some issues heading in to this one.

On the other side of the coin, the Sixers have been boosted by the inclusion of two of Australia’s Test stars who missed out on selection in the short-form of the game. Steve Smith was a surprising exclusion given his all-round skills and form with the bat, but he looks set to don the Sydney pink for the rest of the Big Bash. Nathan Lyon will also make his first appearance for the Sixers, and he could be a vital inclusion given he first came to the attention of national selectors after some stellar performances in T20 cricket. Sydney also gains the services of England beanpole Chris Tremlett , who comes in for Ravi Bopara who will take part in the limited overs series.

The Sixers have set themselves up well for the rest of the Big Bash by winning their last two matches on the road against the Heat and Strikers. They’ve been very reliant on Michael Lumb with the bat and former Australian quick Josh Hazlewood with the ball. Hazelwood has taken eight wickets in four matches and is putting his hand up for national team selection. Perth is fortunate Simon Katich has emerged as a T20 threat this season, given its lack of depth in the batting department, which has been further depleted by Marsh’s absence at the top of the order.

These teams also met at the Sydney Cricket Ground last season, with the Scorchers dropping just three wickets on the way to reaching a paltry target of 114 for victory. Michael Beer and Thomas did the damage with the new ball as the Sixers collapsed to 6/28 at one stage. 

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