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Firing Up The Scorchers Stocks

22 February 2018

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The Perth Scorchers saw five players debut in the KFC Big Bash this season, showing depth in Western Australian cricket.

Matt Kelly, Tim David, Josh Inglis, Will Bosisto and Josh Philippe all seamlessly slotted into the vacant spots left by international call-ups and injuries.

Head coach Justin Langer said the key was to acknowledge how important club cricket is for the elite program.

“Club cricket is the foundation of Australian cricket and I think we have to pay respect to that,” Langer said.

“Five years ago we said it was important to walk-the-walk and give club cricketers the opportunities to play in the State sides.

“This season we’ve had a lot of players get opportunities and they’ve been able to step up and perform.

“It’s an indication of changing times, it’s a really hectic schedule now between international and domestic and the three different formats, it means we have to expect that the depth of our squad will be tested more and more.

“I think there are still holes in our squad, for a spinner there will be some really big opportunities now with Ash Agar doing so well with Australia.

“We always need pace here in WA and we need to keep developing our pace bowlers, and batters who can move their feet, it might sound really technical but it’s something we really value and if we
find a player who has really good footwork it can work really well for us.”