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‘I think we’re going to be right up there’: Jhye Richardson confident Perth Scorchers can contend for BBL

Jhye Richardson predicts the Perth Scorchers will be “right up there” in the hunt for their fourth Big Bash title this summer.

The BBL’s most successful franchise have bolstered their top-order stocks with gun international signings Jason Roy and Colin Munro, with Richardson labelling their batting as “unmatched”.

Experienced seamers AJ Tye (elbow) and Jason Behrendorff (lower back) are back from injuries that wiped out their BBL09 campaigns.

Whippy right-armer Richardson is also nearing full steam after off-season shoulder surgery, building nicely with the ball for WA Premier Cricket side Fremantle in recent weeks.

The Scorchers are equal-second favourites with the bookies to win the tournament, despite failing to make the finals the past two seasons.

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“I think we’re going to be right up there to be honest,” Richardson said.

“We’ve got AJ Tye and Dorf (Jason Behrendorff) coming back, guys that we missed last year who have got so much experience at international level and Scorchers level.

“To have those guys back, even just to pass on their wisdom to a lot of our younger players is going to be really vital for us.

“Our top-order batting is looking unmatched so we’re looking to be the team to beat this year.”

Jhye Richardson has high hopes for the Scorchers this summer.
Camera IconJhye Richardson has high hopes for the Scorchers this summer. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Perth’s BBL squad were finally back together again for an induction on Monday after WA’s Sheffield Shield players completed their 14-day quarantine period.

Richardson was one of several Scorchers doing injury rehabilitation in Perth the past couple of months alongside fellow paceman Behrendorff and captain Mitch Marsh (ankle).

The trio hadn’t seen the rest of their teammates since before their Adelaide Shield hub begun in early October.

“Seeing everyone again, it almost felt a little bit like the first day of school again, coming back to see all your mates,” Richardson said.

“It’s been fantastic, the spirits are really high and everyone is raring to get out there so I’m excited and so is everyone else.”

Marsh is hopeful he will be good to go for the Scorchers’ BBL10 openers against his older brother Shaun’s Melbourne Renegades in Hobart on December 12.

He was selected for the pair of three-day tour matches against India ‘A’ (December 6-8 at Drummoyne Oval) and India (December 11-13 at SCG) before getting ruled out on Monday due to his ankle syndesmosis sustained in the Indian Premier League in September.

“Fingers crossed I’ll be right to go for game one,” Marsh told SEN.

“Not going to the Australia A series just gives me that little bit of extra time and I didn’t want to be play at 80 per cent and be carrying an injury the whole summer.

“I’m really happy with that decision so hopefully I can be ready for the first round of the Big Bash, if not round two or three.”

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