By Wendy Moss, Event Coordinator, Optus Stadium

The new Big Bash League season is just around the corner with our #madetough Perth Scorchers once again calling Optus Stadium home.

I’m looking forward to what will be an exciting season of big sixes with the Scorchers matched up to play the Melbourne Renegades in their first match this summer on 21 December.  Now, if you had the pleasure of reading my last article, you’ll know I’m a cricket novice, so go easy on me while I go through the ins and outs for the Scorchers this summer.

The Scorchers received a massive blow pre-season losing gun bowler Andrew Tye. That’s right, he’s ooooouuuuuutttt! Tye will be recovering from a successful elbow reconstructive surgery and we have our fingers and toes crossed he will be back on the team for the second half of the tournament. The squad has taken another hit with losing Jason Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery. Unfortunately, he’ll be saying goodbye to the chance to play this 2019/2020 domestic season. 

That’s the bad news out of the way.  The good news, and there’s plenty of it, is the Scorchers have hit the recruitment trail and have snagged some very good players for the forthcoming season.  First up we have signed Kurtis Patterson from the Sydney Thunder.  Kurtis has a reputation as a big hitter and is being tipped as the next big thing in Australian cricket.  We can’t wait to see him light up Optus Stadium.  Veteran leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has also been picked up together with Perth fan favourites, local boys Mitch Marsh and Ashton Agar.  There is plenty to like about the Scorchers bowling line-up in 2019-20.

Scorchers fans will also have the novel experience of cheering for a couple of Englishmen in Chris Jordan and Liam Livingstone.  That’s right, don’t spill your Gage Roads beer, we will be cheering for a couple of Poms this summer.  Jordan has played test, ODI and more importantly 43 T20 internationals for the old enemy. I watched him show off his skills against New Zealand last month, blimey!  He’s regarded as one of the best fielders in the world and so we can expect some spectacular catches, as well as some pacey right-arm bowling and hopefully more than a few powerful lower-order hits.  He is sure to be a crowd favourite this summer.  Livingstone has also played a couple of T20 internationals for England and also comes here with a big hitting reputation.

Last year we hosted almost 40,000 cricket fans for the Boxing Day match and we have high hopes to match those numbers this year for the second home game of the season when the Scorchers take on the Sydney Sixers. I’m guaranteeing the BBL will be the most exciting game in town this summer. But don’t just take my word for it, get amongst it and get around our beautiful Stadium as we cheer on our boys in orange for an incredible BBL season. 

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