The Perth Scorchers’ final group stage match of BBL10 has been moved from the SCG to Adelaide Oval due to border closures to New South Wales.
The Australia Day fixture is the first of a triple-header to be played on the final day of the regular season before finals commence on January 29.
The most simple outcome for the league would’ve been to host the match in Melbourne, given the Scorchers and Heat are both currently playing a stretch of games in Victoria until Saturday (January 23).
However given the earlier two matches of the triple-header will be hosted at the MCG and Marvel Stadium respectively, Melbourne was not an option.
The unique start time of 10:05am WST also likely increased the appeal of hosting the match in South Australia due to the slight time difference to the east coast.
The travel will make a difficult five-day period for Adam Voges’ men, with three games and a travel day in the space of five days.
But after last night’s crushing win over the Heat, the WA side has climbed to second on the ladder as the pointy end of the competition approaches.
Competition leading wicket-taker Jhye Richardson has spearheaded the Scorchers’ dangerous attack with 21 scalps at a remarkable average of 11.5.
The 24-year-old appears all but certain to return to Australian colours for next month’s T20 series against New Zealand.
“Playing for Australia is always a bonus and that’s what I want to achieve, but for the Perth Scorchers to be in second spot now is what our focus is on right now,” Richardson said.
“My focus is doing well for the Scorchers and hopefully staying up the top of the table and making finals.
“That’s what I’ve got my eyes on at the moment, to make the finals with the Scorchers, and if I get picked for Australia after that, it’s a bonus.”
Social media fans were quick to question why the final fixture isn’t being held at Optus Stadium, presumably due to the WA Government’s hard quarantine stance.
“You would fill Optus for this game… Why Adelaide?” a user asked.
“Y (sic) play it in Adelaide when they can travel a bit extra and play in Perth,” another asked.
“Adelaide is the true heartland of the Brisbane and Perth teams?!” one quipped.
SCORCHERS’ REMAINING FIXTURES:
Friday 22 January, 1:05pm WST
Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes
Marvel Stadium, Docklands
Saturday 23 January, 4:15pm WST
Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars
Tuesday 26 January, 10:05am WST
Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide