Continuing the First Nations Round in the BBL|12 tournament, Josh Inglis spoke about the Perth Scorchers ahead of their Aboriginal and community-themed match against Hobart Hurricanes at Optus Stadium.
Ahead of this game, more than 45 cricket clubs will take part in a community club march before the match, with 800 cricket participants walking a lap of the field.
Josh Inglis’ junior club will be one of the clubs in the march before the game.
He spoke about them and what it means to him that they will be joining before the match.
“[It’s] very nice, Quinns Rocks was the first club I played for when I came over from the UK. It’s great to get up and be around the kids and play cricket.”
As part of the First Nations Round, the Scorchers will wear their Aboriginal shirts designed by Jade Dolman, an Aboriginal artist with Whadjuk/Ballardong, Eastern Arrernte heritage.
The shirt portrays the resilience of water through flow and adaptability, while the concentric circles in the foreground represent the ripple effects of new opportunities and connections.
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Currently, the Scorchers are on top of the table with only one point separating them from the Sydney Sixers, after losing to them on Sunday night.
The Scorchers will be looking to finish the season strong and head to the grand final with a home crowd advantage.
“There’s a lot of games and heaps of very good teams, we’re looking to win every game. If we win a few back-to-backs, we’ll be able to grab the top spot,” Josh Inglis said.
“[The finals being in Perth would be] huge, especially after last year and not being able to play at home. We don’t need any more inspiration,” said Inglis optimistically.
In preparation for the game against the Hurricanes, Inglis doesn’t underestimate how good the Hurricanes can be when it’s their night.
“They’re a very good team, they have a lot of good players, we know class they are as an outfit,” Inglis said.
“Matthew Wade is a good man, he’s a scrapper, and battles hard on the field. He’s got a wealth of experience and we’ve seen what he can do during the tournament, he’s one we want to keep quiet.”
Against the Hurricanes, they would want to look out for Nathan Ellis, who had a hat-trick of wickets in his last game and Riley Meredith, who has been in good form recently.
“We always do our preparation, before games we’ll look at stats, and footage and make sure we know what we’re coming up against. It’s up to every individual to do that and find ways we’re gonna score runs against them. They are both talented bowlers, both bring different things, so we’re going to be up to our best to score well off them,” assured Inglis.
The Perth Scorchers will face the Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday night at Optus Stadium.
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