For the 2018 Big Bash League (BBL) season, the Perth Scorchers have acquired South African superstar Faf Du Plessis as a replacement import. Du Plessis is anticipated to be available for the first seven games of the competition, beginning with the match against the Sydney Sixers at Optus Stadium on December 17.
This is due to prior T20 commitments. The former Proteas skipper takes the place of English batter and BBL Grand Final standout Laurie Evans, who was released by the Scorchers after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Du Plessis was not selected in the first overseas player draft in August, despite being one of the top 12 players.
faf Du Plessis is the third high-profile overseas recruit to have a second chance for the BBL12 after being passed over in the draft, including West Indian superstar Andre Russell and New Zealand starting quarterback Martin Guptill.
After an outstanding 2022 in T20 cricket, where he was the world’s 13th-most productive batsman with 1229 runs at 31.51, the 38-year-old enters the Big Bash this summer. In the Caribbean Premier League, he scored 332 runs for St. Lucia Kings at 41.50 and 468 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore at 31.20.
It’s A Great Franchise – Faf Du Plessis
The South African batter stated that he will use his time with the team to learn what makes them great. The Scorchers are the defending champions after winning a record-setting fourth title last summer.
“I’m very happy to have signed with the Perth Scorchers. I believe the first thing that comes to mind is Perth’s remarkable four-time championship record. It’s a fantastic franchise to be a part of. Because every player who competes wants to win, according to du Plessis.
“I’m also keen to come in and learn. I think it’s important to learn from other people and organizations and find out why they’re successful. I’m also excited to share my experiences and the things I’ve learned, and hopefully, that can be a great combination.” Faf du Plessis.
He future added. “Looking from afar, it looks like Optus is probably the quickest wicket in the world. Watching the World Cup, the bounce looked very, very steep. Obviously, the wickets in South Africa and Australia are quite similar with more pace and bounce than spin. So it is something I’ve grown up with and I’m looking forward to playing in Perth this summer.”
Perth Scorchers Big Bash League squad
Faf du Plessis, Phil Salt, Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cooper Connolly. Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Peter Hatzoglou, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Mitch Marsh. Tymal Mills, Lance Morris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner (c), Andrew Tye.
The 38-year-old played for South Africa in 69 Tests, 143 ODIs, and 50 T20Is during his international career. He also served as captain for 36 Tests, 39 ODIs, and 40 T20Is. He will be the Scorchers’ most seasoned player with 311 T20 outings.