Banned Australia's hitter, Cameron Bancroft, will be part of a new Perth Scorchers team that will see Mitchell Marsh occupy the position of captain left vacant by Adam Voges. With Bancroft's 25-year, 25-year suspension that expires in December, he is expected to appear against the Hobart hurricanes on December 30 in the eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
Bancroft was among the three Australian players who were banned for roles in the ball alteration scandal during the Cape Town Test in March. While Steven Smith and David Warner were suspended from Australian national and international cricket for 12 months, Bancroft was suspended for nine months, which will end after Christmas this year. He had returned to the field in the Northern Territory Strike League in Darwin in May and the BBL is expected to be his return after the ban.
Marsh's elevation follows Voges assuming the role of coach, both in Western Australia and in Scorchers sides – following the appointment of Justin Langer as head coach of Australia. Currently, only Englishman David Willey appears as his only recruit abroad, leaving second place vacant for foreign players.
With its campaign scheduled for December 20, against the Melbourne Renegades, Scorchers will look to improve on its semi-final of last season and arms for a fourth title of the BBL. Voges, meanwhile, is confident that the season augurs well for his team, especially the young faces of the mix, some of whom are regular members of the white cricket crickets of Australia.
"Retaining our core group of players has been very important for us and we are happy that everyone has decided to stay," Voges said. "With WA having such a strong presence on the Australian white-ball teams, it means that many of our younger players will have more opportunities for the Scorchers, and many of those guys played for us last summer, so I'm excited to build them In that experience.
"We wanted to be consistent with our squads in all three formats," said Voges. "So naming Mitch as captain was a good option. He's an exciting leader and I'm sure Scorchers fans will be happy. "
Meanwhile, fast pitcher Josh Lalor who has been part of the Brisbane Heat team since the 2015 edition, has earned an extension and will be part of his 16-member squad.
Current Scorchers Squad : Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh (c) Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey (England)
Current Heat Squad : Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting , Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matthew Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson