Big Bash League preview: Perth Scorchers team guide
The Perth Scorchers are approaching the BBL|09 season with a revamped team.
There's no way around it: BBL|08 was catastrophic for the Scorchers. Arguably the most successful franchise in the BBL with three titles, the Scorchers finished in last place, failing to qualify for the finals for the first time.
Additionally, they lost several key players, including Shaun Marsh (Renegades), Michael Klinger (retired), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Stars) and Hilton Cartwright (Stars). As a result, the team brought in some fresh blood, most notably internationals Chris Jordan and Liam Livingstone. Their comeback campaign will be interesting to watch, to say the least.
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How to watch Perth Scorchers BBL matches
Cricket fans can watch matches of the Perth Scorchers live and free. While some games are on Channel 7, only Kayo and Foxtel have all matches live, courtesy of Fox Cricket. For more broadcast details, check out our guide on how to watch the Big Bash League.
Stream BBL games live on Kayo Sports
All Perth Scorchers matches will be streamed live on Kayo Sports. You can get a Basic subscription for $25/month or a Premium one for $35/month. The only difference is that the first lets you watch on two screens simultaneously, while the latter supports three streams at the same time.
Whichever one you choose, you gain access to an impressive library of content, as the platform offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world. Plus, a 14-day free trial is available for new users.
Kayo Sports also comes with excellent features like SplitView, which lets you watch up to four videos at once on the same screen and Kayo Minis, which are condensed versions of key match-ups, delivering all the highlights in 20 minutes or less. You can read more about the service in our detailed Kayo Sports review. Users can access the platform via web, mobile devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Chromecast and Samsung TV (2018 or later).
Watch Perth Scorchers on Foxtel iQ
To watch on Fox Cricket, you will need a Foxtel iQ subscription with the Sports HD pack. You can get it on top of Foxtel Plus, which comes with a wide range of entertainment channels. Users can also stream matches to their laptops or mobile devices with Foxtel Go, included with all Foxtel subscriptions. Plus, you get the iQ4, the set-top box that lets you record live TV and watch content in 4K quality.
Perth Scorchers matches stream on Foxtel Now as well, so you can watch live via the Internet with the Sport channel pack. It costs $29/month on top of the base Essentials channel pack, priced at $25/month. New customers get a 10-day free trial.
You can access Foxtel Now via laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app. The service also works on selected smart TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, Telstra TV, PS4 and the Foxtel Now Box.
Perth Scorchers schedule
The Perth Scorchers start the new BBL season against the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday 18 December. Here are the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|09, also be sure to check out the entire league schedule.
|Date||Match||Venue||Time (AEDT)||Where to watch|
|Wed, 18 Dec||Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers||SCG||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sat, 21 Dec||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades||Optus Stadium||9:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Mon, 23 Dec||Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers||Adelaide Oval||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Thu, 26 Dec||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers||Optus Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Wed, 1 Jan||Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers||Metricon Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 5 Jan||Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Optus Stadium||9:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Tue, 7 Jan||Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers||GMHBA Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sat, 11 Jan||Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat||Optus Stadium||9:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Mon, 13 Jan||Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers||Blundstone Arena||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Wed, 15 Jan||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars||Optus Stadium||9:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sat, 18 Jan||Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers||MCG||3:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Mon, 20 Jan||Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder||Optus Stadium||9:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Fri, 24 Jan||Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers||Optus Stadium||9:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 26 Jan||Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers||Sydney Showground Stadium||2:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
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Perth Scorchers squad
|Player||Age||Caps||Position||Batting rank||Bowling rank||Allrounder rank|
Perth Scorchers history
The Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in BBL history. They won the championship three times and were runners-up twice. Adam Voges is head coach, while Mitchell Marsh is captain.
The Scorchers won the title during BBL|03, BBL|04 and BBL|06. So far, they are the only team with three BBL titles under their belt. Last season was the first time they didn't qualify for the finals, finishing in last place.
The change in venue likely had a role to play in the team's shocking results. BBL|08 marked the first time the team called Perth Stadium home, having previously played at the WACA Ground.
Image source: Perth Scorchers website
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