Big Bash League: Import Colin Munro rates Perth Scorchers’ bowling attack among world’s best | Ralph Lauren

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Colin Munro has racked up nearly 300 Twenty20 appearances around the world, including 65 internationals for New Zealand.

But he rates the Perth Scorchers’ bowling attack as right up there with the best he’s seen.

The Scorchers have gone with the same front-line bowlers throughout the tournament, other than left-armer Jason Behrendorff’s one-game unavailability due to the birth of his second child.

International-experienced Joel Paris has featured once in this edition of the Big Bash League, with fellow seamer Matt Kelly unsighted so far.

Munro doesn’t expect too many changes, despite a gruelling four-game schedule in the next seven days starting with Brisbane Heat at Marvel Stadium tomorrow.

“The guys are doing really well, the guys that are bowling,” Munro said.

“I don’t think there’s any niggles that I’m aware of so unless there’s a few niggles or guys need to be rested (there won’t be many changes).

“Our bowling attack is probably the best bowling attack through the squads in the BBL and probably around the world to be honest.

“We’ve got (seamers) ‘Kels’ (Matt Kelly) and Joel Paris sitting on the sidelines and I’m sure they would be playing in any other team.”

One bowler who has really impressed Munro is speedster Jhye Richardson, who has bounced back from shoulder surgery to lead the competition’s wicket-taking with 19 scalps.

The New Zealander backed Richardson, who has an economy rate of 6.54 and average of 12.2 in BBL10, to have an impact if selected for Australia’s five-match T20 tour of his homeland next month.

“Hopefully he’s taking all of his wickets now and gets absolutely smashed when he goes there,” Munro joked.

“Obviously Jhye is a wonderful bowler and a good cricketer, he’s a very good batter down the order as well who can smack them over the ropes.

“He’s a total game-changer when he’s in the team so I wish him all the best if he does go.

“If he does well, I’ll be happy for him, as long as the Kiwis win.”

Munro said while the door was still ajar for his international return, he was unlikely to feature in the series.

With the BBL ladder super tight heading into the business end of the season, Perth are treating every game like a final.

Just four points separate second-placed Sydney Thunder (23 points) and seventh-ranked Hobart (19) with all teams having four or less matches to go before finals.

The Scorchers are currently in fourth spot with 21 points. A win over the Heat could lift them as high as second, depending on the Thunder-versus-Hobart result tonight..

“It’s proper tight, nearly every game is like a quarter-final or semi-final in some regards,” Munro said.

“You want to put some good performances on the board and hopefully hit the finals running and build some momentum.

“We’re not sure where the finals are going to be yet so if we put some good performances on here in the eastern states, then it goes a long way for us doing well if we do make it to the finals.”



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