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Perth Scorchers allrounder Ashton Turner in elite class among Big Bash League hitters

Ashton Turner’s rise up the Big Bash League strike-rate table has underlined his critical value to the Perth Scorchers and indicated why Rajasthan were so eager to buy him at the recent IPL auction.

Turner is now sixth on the BBL hit parade after his explosive innings in Perth’s past three matches placed him among the league’s biggest ball strikers.

The top-order dynamo, who will captain the Scorchers tomorrow in their vital game against the Sixers, has become Perth’s most pivotal player.

Versatile paceman Andrew Tye expected Turner would be released from the Australian one-day squad today after not being required to play against India at the SCG.

“Hopefully he gets released and comes back for us,” Tye said.

Turner’s tally of 150 runs in Perth’s past three games, comprising scores of 60 not out (36 balls), 47 (30) and 43 not out (22), have given him an elite strike rate above 140 where only the game’s biggest hitters belong.

They include Brisbane’s brawny trio Chris Lynn (153.27), Brendon McCullum (142.80) and Ben Cutting (151.43), the versatile Glenn Maxwell (150.80) and Turner’s West Australian colleague D’Arcy Short (147.00).

No other batsmen have scored more than 700 BBL runs at a rate of 140 per 100 balls.

Perth will play the first of four consecutive matches at Optus Stadium when they take on a Sixers outfit bolstered by the inclusion of England batsman James Vince.

The Scorchers are likely to be without all-rounder Ashton Agar who sustained an ankle strain this week while bowling in the win over the Melbourne Stars.

Agar was in considerable pain when he returned to Perth this week and may be rested.

The spinner’s absence would further test Perth’s depth, with seven players unavailable due to injury or Australian selection, but could see seamer Cam Green make his debut as Perth’s 50th player.

Versatile quick Tye has returned to his best form in the past two matches and has been rewarded for bowling with considerable pace and focusing less on his numerous slower balls.

Tye has bowled just nine slower balls in his 44 deliveries against the Heat and Stars for returns of 0-11 and 4-18.

“My stock ball is getting quite a few dots and a few wickets so that’s the way the game goes,” Tye said.

“There will be times when I have to bowl a lot more slower balls than pace-on balls.

“I am just reading what the batsmen are trying to do and at the moment pace-on is working well.”

Tye was recorded at 140km/h against the Stars, wants to beat his highest of 143, and believes he has regained the impact that saw him become a regular Australian bowler last year.

Best BBL strike rates

SR Name Team Matches Runs

153.27 Chris Lynn BH 55 1807

150.80 Glenn Maxwell MS 48 1226

151.43 Ben Cutting BH 57 848

147.00 D’Arcy Short HH 25 1029

142.80 Brendon McCullum BH 27 754

140.10 Ashton Turner PS 53 828

138.18 Travis Head AS 35 988

138.10 Aaron Finch MR 47 1711

137.21 Kevin Pietersen MS 33 1110

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