He could not continue that form, however, falling cheaply as Sam Whitemans 68 lifted the Scorchers to 177/9 against the Hurricanes. They took Hobart to the final over in the reply and looked to be on top too but James Faulkner hit two sixes and a four off the first three balls to give the Hurricanes the 16 runs they needed and a four-wicket win.
With their international players all available again, Perth Scorchers have plenty of batting talent to call upon, to add to those already showing form with the bat. Ashton Turner is in the latter category he has 302 runs from nine innings, with the turning point in his season having been the reverse fixture against Sydney Thunder when he hit 60 not out from 36 balls.
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Perth Scorchers have their star men back and can take full advantage as a result, against a Sydney Thunder side who have fell away after a bright start to the tournament.
Perth have not just got their best batsmen back, however they also have their star bowlers. Andrew Tye was never away either and, after eight wickets in his last three games, he is 3.50 with Betfair to be their top bowler.
He has 14 wickets in this years tournament, including a stunning 3-5 in the win against Melbourne Stars. Daniel Sams claimed 3-29 last time out, meanwhile. He has also scored some useful runs 155 in total from nine innings.Elsewhere in the bowling line-up, Fawad Ahmed has taken 11 wickets and Gurinder Sandhu moved to seven with his 3-23 last time out.
The latters run rate was not high enough, however, as the teenager failed to replicate his unbeaten 63 on debut against Melbourne Stars just before Christmas. He fell cheaply last time out who scored 42 last they played Perth Scorchers hit 52 against Melbourne Renegades and Jason Sangha scored 54 not out.
The team have qualified for the playoffs on four occasions, winning the Goodall Cup in 2009 and finishing runners-up in 2010. The club was formed at the start of July 2008 to replace the Adelaide Avalanche after they folded in June. The Adrenaline's best result in the regular season was in the 2012 season where they finished second in their conference and second overall. In a deal with the AIHL the A's picked up the Avalanche's team list and fulfilled the existing game schedule for the remainder of the 2008 season. After the 2008 season the A's were renamed the Adelaide Adrenaline for the upcoming 2009 season.
Anton Devicich is the direct replacement for Buttler, and he has contributed a couple of useful scores since coming in, as well as being another option with the ball. It was with his bowling he impressed most with Northern Knights in New Zealands Super Smash.
Sydney Thunders internationals, Usman Khawaja and Pat Cummins, have not featured for them this season anyway, so there Australian test call-up will not affect them too much. Likewise Kurtis Patterson, who impressed with the Cricket Australia XI, has not been selected in the Big Bash this season. Jason Sangha returned from the CA XI to face Melbourne Renegades and score an unbeaten half-century and it could be an unchanged team who face Perth despite the defeat in that game.
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