With the Big Bash League underway, a number of UWA Cricket Club players have been called in action. The exciting T20 format of cricket is expected to offer up plenty of big hits and stunning wickets.
The Perth Scorchers found themselves down on numbers with star pace duo Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile will miss the start of the season with back injuries, while wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman faces a race to even play at all this season.
With Mitch Marsh, Cameron Bancroft, and Shaun Marsh all away on Ashes duties, the team have been forced to look to fresh talent, still going in to the season as strong favourites.
University players Will Bosisto, James Muirhead, Ashton Agar have all been selected in the Perth Scorchers squad that will play in Sydney this weekend.
This follows on from David Moody having previously signed a two year deal with the Hobart Hurricanes, which will lead to an interesting clash against his club team mates.
Meanwhile, in the WBBL, UWA’s Emily Smith has been selected as wicketkeeper for the Perth Scorchers, meaning that all up UWA Cricket Club has five players contracted to Big Bash franchises this summer.
This does not include Sean Stuart, who has been earmarked as a potential rising star, selected in the Perth Scorchers development academy for the next 2 months.
This level of representation in the Big Bash is unprecedented for the club record, leading them to be one of the leading represented clubs in Australia. Fremantle join UWA with five players contracted to Big Bash franchises.
Scorchers coach Justin Langer was full of praise for the new talent in the squad, saying, “We'll have a couple of guys who will make their debut for the Scorchers this weekend. But we've got so much talent here. They'll get a chance, and they'll step up.”
Perth Scorchers will face the Sixers in Sydney this Saturday, before the Women’s team face the Stars at the Furnace on Boxing Day.
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