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Searing Scorchers Eye All-Out Pace

29 January 2018

The Perth Scorchers will consider rolling the dice by unleashing an all-out pace attack in Thursday night's KFC Big Bash League Semi Final against the Hobart Hurricanes.

Spinners have played a crucial role in T20s all around the world, with Ashton Agar starring for the Scorchers this BBL season.

But Agar's call-up to Australia's T20 squad means the Scorchers will be without their best spinner in Thursday's Semi Final at Perth's new $1.5 billion venue - Optus Stadium.

Ashton Turner's bung shoulder means he can't bowl spin either, leaving Scorchers coach Justin Langer with some tough decisions to make on the selection front.

The return of all-rounder Mitch Marsh will give the Scorchers another pace option alongside Jhye Richardson, Tim Bresnan, Mitchell Johnson, and Matthew Kelly.

But going in with only pace presents a big risk, opening the door for either James Muirhead or untried off-spinner Hayden Morton to earn a call-up.

Skipper Adam Voges said he might need to bowl an over or two of his part-time, left-hand spin if they enter the match without a specialist spinner.

"I can't give away all the secrets at the moment. With JL, we'll work that out," Voges said of the prospect of going in with all pace.

"I may need to bowl an over or two. That's how I busted my finger (on my non bowling hand) the other day - trying to catch a return off my own bowling.

"It's a little bit bruised still ... (but) it will be right to go."

Voges was impressed with how the Optus Stadium wicket played during Australia's ODI loss to England on Sunday, saying it was an even contest between bat and ball in a match where both sides were bowled out for less than 260.

The Scorchers are confident star opener Shaun Marsh will be cleared to make his return from a quad injury against Hobart, meaning Sam Whiteman is likely to be dropped.

"When you get the calibre of a couple of Marsh's back, it's really a no-brainer in terms of selection," Voges said.

Hurricanes blaster D'Arcy Short, the BBL's leading run scorer this season, will miss the match because of international duties.


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