Andrew Tye

With the BBL undergoing a massive change to the format, how will the Scorchers go retaining their title? (Image: Perth Scorchers)

Ahead of another Big Bash League season, the Perth Scorchers’ Andrew Tye expressed optimism on what the BBL draft can provide to the league.

The draft, introduced ahead of BBL|12, allows Big Bash teams to draft up to three of T20 cricket’s best players.

And Tye is already excited about what it has set into motion.

“It’s been able to attract a few big names, that maybe haven’t been here before,” he said.

“You look at the likes of Faf Du Plessis and Trent Boult who both haven’t played in the Big Bash yet, that have had their impact on the IPL and tournaments around the world.

“It’s awesome to see them have a chance to play Big Bash this summer, and I can’t wait to see what teams pick them up and what teams’ strategies are surrounding the draft.”

With the Scorchers the reigning champions, there will be plenty of attention on their moves ahead of the season start.

Tye gave a little insight into what the draft offers in this regard, and admits it will be tempting to go abroad rather than keeping it local as Perth has done in the past.

“It’ll be interesting to see, I don’t really know where our strategy lies, or what happens,” he said.

“But you look at what you have in the likes of- what you have in that platinum player, it’s hard to go past the calibre of getting one of those players in your team.

“[And] then we’ve got another couple of picks after that so we can really see where we can bolster up.

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“Over previous years we’ve gone for a batsman somewhere down the line, two batsmen and a bowler, so I think we’d probably keep in line with that. We’ve lost Kurtis Patterson now, so we’ll be looking to replace him at the top of the order.

“Our bowling stocks if everyone’s fit are normally always pretty good with the likes of Matt Kelly and Lance Morris sitting on the bench, so we’ll have to see where we go with that. I’ll leave that up to the selection committee and the coach.”

Among the plethora of bowling riches at the Scorchers is Jhye Richardson, with whom Tye has a friendly rivalry over pace when bowling.

“We do have that contest, but he’s easily got me covered,” he laughed.

“For a man of his smaller stature, he generates a lot of pace, but I think Lance Morris has us both covered anyway.

“I still wind him up and say, ‘I’m catching him, I’m older than him, I’m getting quicker with age.’

“Nah, but I’m just happy to be able to still have an impact on the game at my age, and still having fun with it.”

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