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Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges on Mitch Marsh, Josh Inglis, Jason Behrendorff and Colin Munro availability
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Mon, 10 January 2022 1:03PM
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Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges has given an update on four of his most important players ahead of the business end of the tournament.
Voges confirmed left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff will fly to Melbourne with the squad and could return as early as Tuesday’s clash against Melbourne Stars in Geelong after returning three negative PCR tests.
Behrendorff missed Sunday’s win over Sydney Sixers in Coffs Harbour after he was deemed to be a close contact of a COVID case.
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It was his third game off in a row after being rested the previous two.
The news isn’t so good for New Zealand import Colin Munro, who will remain in isolation in Coffs Harbour with his family for the week after testing positive to coronavirus on Sunday morning.
Munro, the Scorchers’ leading run-scorer this tournament and second overall with 353 runs at an average of 50.42 including a maiden BBL century.
“Unfortunately Colin has come down and tested positive so that was the news that we woke up to yesterday and it was a bit of a frantic day, especially with Jason being considered a close contact,” Voges told SEN WA on Monday.
“Colin and his family will stay here in Coffs Harbour for the next week and isolate but Jason has produced three negative COVID tests in a row now so he’s able to get on a plane with us today to Melbourne and all going well, he should be available for our game tomorrow.”
Munro is likely to return for the final regular-season match against Brisbane at the Gabba on January 19 at the earliest, the same game as Voges hopes for Australian Ashes squad additions Mitch Marsh and Josh Inglis.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 11: Colin Munro of the Scorchers celebrates scoring his century during the Men's Big Bash League match between the Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers at GIANTS Stadium, on December 11, 2021, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Perth Scorchers star Colin Munro has been struck down by COVID-19. Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images
Marsh and Inglis, both called up as cover for the SCG Test after Travis Head’s positive COVID test, will give the ladder leaders a massive boost before finals with the pair capable of winning games off their own bats.
Marsh is in the form of his life and has been player of the match three times in five matches in BBL11, hitting 255 runs at an average of 85 and strike rate of over 144.
“I think the Aussie selectors are getting sick of my phone calls because I’m ringing on a daily basis at the moment,” Voges joked.
“My understanding is that once the Hobart Test begins (on Friday) then those guys will be released.
“We’ve got a couple more games before then but we’re certainly hopeful to have those guys for our last game and in particular finals.”
It will be a totally different Stars outfit taking the field against on Tuesday to what they faced less than a fortnight ago.
The COVID-hit Stars have welcomed back nine players into their squad after they recovered from the virus and served their isolation period.
The match was originally scheduled for December 30 before a positive COVID case hours before the start time forced the match to be postpones.
Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Joe Burns, and Beau Webster were among those who didn’t play in the Scorchers’ 50-run win over the Stars at Junction Oval on January 2 but have since been cleared.
Only six original Stars squad members were available that time around - Joe Clarke, Hilton Cartwright, Tom O’Connell, Qais Ahmed, Brody Couch and Haris Rauf.
Captain Glenn Maxwell is also a chance to return after isolating for nearly a week since his positive rapid antigen test last Monday night.
 

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Cameron Green in the process of becoming a legend.
It’s ridiculous how good he is going to become. He’s averaging 15 with the ball this series and his batting hasn’t even begun to reach its potential. On top of this his fielding square of the wicket is already elite.
 

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Partnering with Boland as change bowlers is looking dangerous too.
Does Hazlewood automatically come back in IYO?
Having Cummins as skipper and Green as all-rounder gives our selectors some serious headaches. Boland is a wasted talent at Shield but so are Richardson, Nesser, Hazlewood and Starc.
 

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And it feels like he loses concentration in the 70s
Don't think its quite like that, he's made 50 three times and twice got out chasing quick runs for the team and once when he probably did have a brainfart and lose concentration to get out to that stupid trap that half the team got out to. Has a pretty good conversion rate at Shield level.

My expectations for this kid are now so ridiculously high that I'll be disappointed if he doesnt have a good case for greatest all-rounder (and therefore cricketer) of all time. He just ticks every ******* box
  • Steps up in important moments for the team (with bat AND bowl)
  • Can play aggressive or defensive with the bat as required
  • Bowls 140km/h with movement off the seam and in the air at times
  • Humble kid that doesnt let much phase him

Feels like the only way he doesnt go down as an all time great in injury which is what they'll need to manage more than anything with the kid
 

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