The opening edition of the Big Bash League will culminate into a potentially exciting final between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers on Saturday, January 28.
We’ll bring you the live scores and commentary of the action throughout the final, with the match starting at 8.00 pm AEDT on January 28.
The last time these two teams played in the tournament, it had resulted in a narrowest possible win for the Sixers, a one-run victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The major difference between that game and tomorrow’s final is the venue and the return of Herschelle Gibbs.
That game was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground while this will be hosted by the WACA in Perth. Then again, Gibbs, tournament’s second-highest scorer with four half-centuries to his name, was absent from that game. He will be the major discussing point for the Sixers’ backroom strategists.
Of course, there will be no Shaun Marsh for the Scorchers, while the in-form Mitchell Starc will return to the Sixers’ line-up.
The Scorchers have relied heavily on the mix of googlies and chinaman deliveries from Brad Hogg and the motley crew of quick bowlers.
Among the fast bowlers, the two Nathans, Coulter-Nile and Rimmington will look to control the run-flow while Ben Edmondson will have a more aggressive approach to his bowling.
Edmondson possesses a healthy knack for picking up the wickets but concedes aplenty as well and his spell could tilt the game one way or the other.
Despite Moises Henriques early dismissal and his general tendency to not carry on after getting a start, he looks a better option than Michael Lumb at the top of the order.
With Steve O’Keefe having shown maturity as an opener and Nic Maddinson being the fourth-best batsman in the tournament, the Sixers are well served.
The big question is whether the Sixers will want to go into the game with the luxury of four spinners – Stuart MacGill, Steven Smith, Nathan McCullum and Dominic Thornely.
The WACA pitch generally assists the seamers more than spinners and it may not be such a bad idea to drop one of the slow bowlers and continue with Ian Moran in the 11.
Expect a tough match but the team batting first will have a huge advantage – the tournament has thrown up far too many wins for the side going into bat first and in a pressure final, this effect is only going to magnify.
We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from the WACA in Perth at 8.00 pm AEDT and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.