Friday, January 27, 2012

Preview, Australian KFC Big Bash Final, Perth Scorchers versus Sydney Sixers

The culmination of the revamped Big Bash League sets up a class between a Team of real completeness in the Perth Scorchers against a Team that has made the Final despite having the appearance of many frailties in the Sydney Sixers. The match being played in Perth makes everything be in the favour of the Scorchers, but with the unpredictability of T20 Cricket there is always a chance of an upset.

A typical hot as Hell day that has seen the mercury rising well into the 40's in Perth sets the scene for a hotly contested Final that we should delve further into!

Perth Scorchers

Likely Team

There is little or no need to change the victorious line up that has excelled in this years competition leaving the team as follows

Gibbs, North, M Marsh, Katich, Collingwood, Ronchi, Coulter-Nile, Edmondson, Rimmington, Hogg, Beer

The Keys To Win

In truth all the Scorchers have to do is play with the same pedigree that they have shown all series.

The balance in the Team is flawless with the batting being lead by the exceptional import Herschelle Gibbs, who has been devastating this season with his breathtaking innings. He is a near complete T20 player with his skill as a conventional batsman combined with his powers of innovation and devastating power.

He is not influenced by the standard of the bowling with him having the potential to maul any type of attack.

His opening partner in Marcus North has been the silent achiever for the Team providing a perfect foil for Gibbs, and then picking up the slack on the oft occasion when the South African has failed.

Then at three is the precocious talents of Mitch Marsh, who is the anything man of Australian Cricket. In regards to with the amount of talent he has he could be 'anything' in any style of the game. 

I can see him blitzing in this Final to show all that he is a rising super star in the game.

If by a freak of nature these three fail, the Team has great depth in names such as Katich, Collingwood and Luke Ronchi.

The might of the batting is matched in the bowling with the attack being lead by one of the Competitions most accomplished fast men in Nathan Coulter-Nile. Who is ably assisted in the pace department by Nathan Rimmington and Ben Edmondson as well as the very useful medium pace of Mitch Marsh.

Completing the attack is a spin department that has been exceptional lead by the rejuvenated Brad Hogg whose performances in this Competition has lead to a National call up and his able offsider in Michael Beer

Sydney Sixers

Likely Team

The Team will be greatly assisted by the inclusion of a fast man that has been a wrecking ball in the Competition in Mitchell Starc. Leaving the Team as follows

Maddinson, Henriques, S Smith, Rohrer, Thornley, O'Keefe, McCullum, Nevill, Lee, Starc, MacGill

The Keys To Win

I think the best chance for the team to win is to ride on the back of their bowling in the knowledge that their batting is very average.

The bowling with the inclusion of Mitchell Starc is comparable to any Team in the Competition with him leading the pace attack in partnership with Brett Lee. That is ably assisted by the part time medium pace of Moises Henriques and Dominic Thornley, who drifts between medium pace and fast off spin.

The success of the pace division sets up  a very accomplished spin department. In the combination of the leggie MacGill and the offie O'Keefe, you have one of the very best spin combinations in World Cricket.

They not only get wickets, but dry up the run rates in the sincerest manner.

Aiding them is the part time spin of Nathan McCullum and Steve Smith, who always collects the scraps after the rest have devastated batting line ups.

You have confidence in the bowling to get the job done in most matches, but the main query remains over the batting.

For none in the batting inspires either fear or even respect.

Nic Maddinson is the best of the bunch, but he is better suited for the more traditional styles of the game, and though he has been lauded as a success in this Tournament his strike rate of 128.64 is rather low for an opener.

He needs support, and herein lies the main query about where will it come from?

Steve O'Keefe was very decent in the last match, but it be a stretch to see him replicating the same vigour against the Perth bowling in their confines.

Henriques is hit and miss- more often miss

Steve Smith is to be honest rubbish

Rohrer and Nevill- useful, but lack class.

Making the main question for the Tean its batting, and a huge question at that!


My Predictions have sucked all year, and a reader of my Blog has pointed this out to me

So here is my last chance of credibility!

Perth will win, and win easily!

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