It’s a big night at the SCG on Wednesday as Sydney Sixers host Perth Scorchers in the second semi-final of the Big Bash League. After the shock win by Hobart Hurricanes over favourites Melbourne Stars on Tuesday night, the winner of this match will now host Friday night’s final and progress directly to the lucrative Champions League T20 later in the year.
Even in the relatively short history of the Big Bash League this is a fixture that already has some history behind it. The Sixers won the inaugural title with an upset win in the final in Perth, while a super over was required to decide their most recent encounter at the SCG.
The Sixers will be without Moses Henriques, Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon who are all on international duty in South Africa, while Stephen O’Keefe and Jordan Silk are injured. There are some reports that O’Keefe may play, but that would be remarkable considering he dislocated his shoulder in the final round against Sydney Thunder less than two weeks ago.
The Sixers will be able to call upon England pair Michael Lumb and Ravi Bopara after they suffered a T20 series whitewash against Australia. They will be joined by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood. The long list of absentees means that former Scorchers batsman Marcus North will skipper the Sixers. As a coincidence, the Perth side will be skippered by a former Sixers player in Simon Katich.
The Scorchers have lost Shaun Marsh to a calf strain, but gain Nathan Coulter-Nile after international duty. The Scorchers have been beaten finalists in both previous editions of the Big Bash League, and will be desperate to go one better this time around.
Wednesday 5th February, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Moore Park 19:45
Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers