Perth Scorchers quick Jhye Richardson backs Ashton Turner’s call to bowl first in BBL10 amid criticism | Ralph Lauren

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Perth Scorchers quick Jhye Richardson has defended Ashton Turner’s decision to bowl first in yesterday’s Big Bash final loss following criticism from former captain Ricky Ponting. 

Ponting described the move to chase as ‘against their brand’, as they fell 27-runs short of the Sixers’ 189-run target. 

But Richardson, who won the season’s golden arm award for his 29 wickets, says it wasn’t the wrong call with the dewy Sydney conditions.

“Not necessarily,” Richardson said, when asked if he disagreed with his captain’s call.

“I think our experience in the last few games is that the dew came in a bit more than we would’ve thought.

“We were thinking if we bowl first, the wicket would’ve got a little bit better.

“But those things are really hard to predict, we were pretty confident in chasing down that score we just weren’t able to get the job done.”

Jhye Richardson of the Scorchers celebrates with teammates after claiming the wicket of Daniel Hughes.
Camera IconJhye Richardson of the Scorchers celebrates with teammates after claiming the wicket of Daniel Hughes. Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

The 24-year-old described the chase as doable, after recalled opener Cameron Bancroft provided a dashing start with his quickfire 30 runs off 19 balls. 

“We were fully confident to be able to chase that score on that wicket,” he said. 

“Relatively small boundaries and a really nice outfield as well. We were confident to chase the score but were just that little bit off that cost us the game.”

Richardson (2-45) was expensive, going for over 11 runs per over, in the fifth consecutive game he’s leaked 34 runs or more off his quota. 

He admitted he was disappointed with his performance while lamenting the unforgiving nature of Twenty20 cricket, providing little margin for error. 

“I don’t think we were too far off. T20 is such a fickle game that if you’re not 100 per cent, if you’re 95 per cent the result probably won’t go your way,” he said. 

“We saw that against the Brisbane Heat game that we lost, we were off a little bit and the way T20 goes, if you’re off you won’t win.

“It’s unfortunate. I think bowling certainly could’ve been better and from a personal point of view I wasn’t too happy with how I’ve gone about it the last few games.”

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