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Whiteman praises Scorchers teammates

The Perth Scorchers are finding form at the right time, as they moved into third place on the BBL ladder after a comprehensive win over a listless Hurricanes outfit last night.

Opening batsman Josh Inglis was instrumental in the win, hitting it to all parts of the ground in an assured performance that saw him make 73 from 46 deliveries.

Fellow batsman Sam Whiteman, speaking on Sports Breakfast, was full of praise for his teammate.

“He’s playing beautifully. He’s been hitting the ball well for a month or so, but last night was a crucial innings for us,” Whiteman said.

“He played with aggression at times, and then just cricket smarts at other times. Those partnerships, like the one he had with Mitch, are key in twenty twenty cricket.

The Scorchers also did the damage with the ball, restricting the Hurricanes to just 98 runs. Jhye Richardson took four wickets, while Fawad Ahmed was very tidy after taking 4/15 from his four overs.

“The boys have such confidence in Fawad. As soon as the powerplay is over, we know we can squeeze the opposition. He couldn’t have been going for more than four or five and over. He’s very handy to have in our team - we’ve played against him for a long time now, and it’s about time he’s on our side!”

The Scorchers next come up against some familiar faces as the Melbourne Stars travel to Optus Stadium. Whiteman said the Perth side is full of confidence heading into the fixture.

“We haven’t had a chance to talk about it! [The plan]. Stoinis and Maxwell are two key wickets, they’ve been doing really well this tournament which is probably why the Stars are up the top. So hopefully Richo can nick Stoin off early and Fawad can get Maxi out! I think if we focus on what we’re doing, we’re playing some good cricket, so there’s no reason we can’t knock them off.”

IMAGE: Perth Scorchers

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