BBL Preview: Perth Scorchers paceman Richardson says team ripe for another title tilt


Perth Scorchers paceman Jhye Richardson. Paul Kane/Stringer
Perth Scorchers paceman Jhye Richardson. Paul Kane/Stringer

IMPRESSIVE Perth paceman Jhye Richardson says there is no reason Perth Scorchers cannot go deep into the seventh edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).

The reigning champions have a rich history in the competition, with three titles and five grand final appearances in six years.

Its semi-final elimination in 2015-16 was its earliest exit from the League.

Richardson, who earned man-of-the-match honours in Perth’s nine wicket 2016-17 grand final win over the Sydney Sixers with 3-30, a run-out and a catch, said consistency in the squad meant the Scorchers were full of bounce.

“We definitely have a massive chance,” he said.

“It will be difficult but the reality is we are the most successful BBL club.

“We will continue to do what works for us.

“We know each other well, with most of the squad having played Shield cricket together, and everyone knows their role.”

The 21-year-old could line up alongside 2013-14 Ashes tormentor Mitchell Johnson when the Scorchers take to the field for the first time against the Sixers on December 23.

Richardson said Johnson brought both experience and character to the squad.

“He’s still got all the tricks of the trade and plays a role,” he said.

Richardson earned an international call-up for Australia’s T20 series win against Sri Lanka in February after finishing the last BBL campaign with 11 wickets from eight games.

The Fremantle product said he would jump at further opportunities to pull on the green and gold, but it was not his only focus.

“I’m not necessarily playing Big Bash to secure an international role,” he said.

“I’m there to play for the Scorchers.

“My mindset is to do the role.”

If the Scorchers are able to secure home finals, those matches will be played at the new Optus Stadium.

Richardson played two practice games there against the England Lions, and said it was an impressive venue and that the pitch had some carry.

Scorchers Fixtures:

Vs Sydney Sixers, December 23 at the SCG.
Vs Melbourne Stars, December 26 at the WACA.
Vs Melbourne Renegades, December 29 at Etihad Stadium.
Vs Sydney Sixers, January 1 at the WACA.
Vs Brisbane Heat, January 5 at the Gabba.
Vs Melbourne Renegades, January 8 at the WACA.
Vs Sydney Thunder, January 11 at Spotless Stadium.
Vs Adelaide Strikers, January 13 at Traeger Park.
Vs Hobart Hurricanes, January 20 at the WACA.
Vs Adelaide Strikers, January 25 at the WACA.

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