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Hatzoglou confident of Scorchers back-to-back

Perth Scorchers spinner Peter Hatzoglou believes his team are well set up to mount their title defence.

The Scorchers recruited Hatzoglou from the Melbourne Renegades last year and the leg-spinner played a key role in the BBL win, picking up 15 wickets across the season while conceding just 7.26 runs per over.

“We’ve obviously had our fair share of injuries and ins and outs and whatever, but I think one of the best things about the Scorchers is we’ve got incredible depth, and I’m really excited to see guys step up and play more of a role where in other years they haven’t been able to,” Hatzloglou told Sports Breakfast.

“It’s a really exciting time for us, and we’re really optimistic internally.”

The Scorchers will have a full suite of home games this season after playing at Optus Stadium just once last year due to pandemic border restrictions.

“With the extra pace and bounce, I’m really excited to bowl here. I think with my stuff into the wicket, I should be able to utilise those big square boundaries, and with the extra bounce, it will make it hard for the batters to hit down the ground and access that short straight boundary,” Hatzoglou said.

“Very excited, and I think our bowling attack is so well varied. We’ve got myself and Ashton Agar, who offer entirely different things, him with his left arm off-spin, myself with my leg-spin, and you’ve got Behrendorff swinging the ball up front, Tye’s slower balls, Jhye Richardson is really got a lot of tricks in his bag, so it’s a really exciting time.

“We’re all keen to get down to Optus this season and return to Perth, I suppose. Every time I’ve played in Perth the crowd’s been fantastic, it’s probably the best crowd in the country to be honest, so I’m really excited.”

The 24 year old spent the winter playing in some of cricket’s new shorter formats, representing the Oval Invincibles in The Hundred in England and playing with Team Abu Dhabi in the T10 League.

“We had our first practice game yesterday at the Scorchers, and I was thinking I haven’t actually played a Twenty20 match since the Big Bash last year,” Hatzoglou said.

“In many ways it’s similar, my plans don’t change too much. It was my first time playing in The Hundred and playing T10 cricket this winter, so I just thought I’ll keep doing the same sort of thing.

“It’s good to pick the brains of a lot of different people. Adil Rashid, who I played with in the Abu Dhabi in the T10’s, he was fantastic, and he’d just come off a really good performance in the T20 World Cup here in Australia, and also Sam Billings, who captained me at the Oval Invincibles, he was fantastic for me as well.”

The Scorchers’ first game of BBL|12 comes against the Sydney Sixers at Optus Stadium next Saturday.

IMAGE: The Mirror.


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