- Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers
- KFC Big Bash League 12
- Friday January 13, 2023 (7.30am UK)
- Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
It is amazing to think that veteran Australian left-hander David Warner has only ever played three matches in the BBL in his illustrious career, owing much to international commitments favouring the Indian Premier League.
But he is back, and there is absolutely no reason to suggest why he can’t return with a bang for a crucial clash between the league leading Scorchers and a Thunder side who are very much in the mix for finals qualification.
Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers Betting Tips
The Thunder are the only team in the BBL with a winning record against Perth, winning nine and losing seven. Thunder have won the last three, including one last week in Perth and completing the double over them last season.
Now Perth are a fantastic side, one not blessed with many superstars but a well drilled unit. Thunder are a bit more flighty for want of a better phrase. On their day, they can be brilliant. On their day, they can be dire.
But they are my title tips, and I’m going to take the 5/4 on offer through Ladbrokes on them to add another Scorchers scalp to their list.
Young guns to shine
Before I get to the golden oldie that is David Warner, I really like betfair’s #OddsOnThat selection featuring two young stars of Australian cricket, Ollie Davies and Aaron Hardie.
They are offering 9/4 on each batter to hit a six in this fixture.
Perth’s Hardie has hit back-to-back competition half-centuries from number three, including four sixes.
Prior to a duck last time out against the Melbourne Stars, Sydney’s Davies also hit back-to-back half-centuries from number four in their order, including seven sixes.
Warner winner to leave Perth Thunderstruck
David Warner has just come off a player of the series Test campaign for Australia against South Africa, solely on the back of 200 at the MCG.
I expect that his mind will be pretty free upon his long-awaited return to Thunder colours, therefore combine that with some decent form and I would be taking the price boosted 7/2 on him to score a fifty in the match, on offer with Ladbrokes.
I would definitely be favouring that bet over him for top Thunder bat considering that is coming in around 5/2. The ‘to score a fifty’ is far better value.
All aboard for Ashton Agar!
Here’s a long odds selection which I would be looking at for small stakes.
Perth Scorchers’ all-rounder Ashton Agar, who is heading to India next month with Australia’s Test team, is rarely a long way from the action.
Be it with his left-arm spinners, in the field or down the order with the bat, he usually produces something.
Returning to betfair and their #OddsOnThat selections, they have Agar to take a wicket, a catch and hit a six in this match at 15/2.
This is something he has done once already this competition, in a pre-Christmas win over Sydney Sixers at Optus Stadium. It was his first of six appearances.
He has claimed a wicket in four of those games, adding a catch in three of those appearances, including the aforementioned game against the Sixers.
He has had little chance to bat in a strong Perth team, but I suspect he will get a decent chance here in a defeat.