BBL: Ryan Duffield in for injured Pat Cummins for Perth Scorchers

Strike bowler Ryan Duffield will replace injured counterpart Pat Cummins in the Perth Scorchers line-up for the upcoming KFC Big Bash League season as Cummins continues his rehabilitation from a lower back bone stress injury.

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New playing conditions for BBL|03 will permit Cummins to resume his place in the Scorchers squad if he recovers from his injury and is fit to resume playing duties before the end of the tournament. Duffield would return to the supplementary list in such a scenario.

The 25-year-old Duffield said playing in front of a packed crowd at #TheFurnace was an opportunity he intended to make the most of.

“The biggest crowd I’ve played in front of here was against England in the Tour game, which probably would have been 5-6000,” Duffield said. “So, it’ll be a big step up, but it’ll be amazing.

“It’s a good opportunity to be a part of the squad and it’s a strong team, so any opportunity I get I have to take with both hands, but I’m looking to learn as much as I can and progress my game as much as I can in the next eight weeks.

“I’ve bowled at #TheFurnace a lot, so I’d feel pretty confident if I had the opportunity to play at home”, he added. “I felt I’ve been bowling pretty well, we went to Hobart recently and I got four wickets there, and got a few in Adelaide on a flat wicket, then got eight the other week for Melville.

“At the moment, things are going well, but it’s up to me to make the most of any opportunity that comes my way.”

Duffield has played once previously with the Scorchers, heading to South Africa for the 2012 Champions League Twenty20, where he took 1-17 from three overs against the Auckland Aces.

He also took 2-96 in the WA Chairman’s XI Tour Match against England in the lead-up to the Ashes, dismissing both Gary Ballance and Matt Prior caught behind.

The paceman has played two Sheffield Shield games this season, with match figures of 4-79 and 3-114 against Tasmania and South Australia, respectively.

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General Manager Cricket Operations Ben Oliver said losing Cummins was unfortunate, but presented a golden opportunity for Duffield.

“It’s disappointing not to have Pat available, at least for the first part of the BBL, but we think that his rehab is progressing well and we’re hopeful that we’ll see him in Scorchers colours before the end of the BBL,” Oliver said. “In saying that, it presents an opportunity for someone else.

“Ryan is an extremely talented West Australian cricketer and someone who has been in and around the Scorchers program for the past couple of years. He went to the Champions League last year and every time he’s had the opportunity to play for Western Australia, he’s done well. He’s a genuine strike bowler who takes wickets and we look forward to him playing a part in this year’s campaign.”

Perth Scorchers squad

Simon Katich (c), Ashton Agar, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Ryan Duffield, Brad Hogg, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Dwayne Smith, Alfonso Thomas, Tom Triffitt, Ashton Turner, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman.

Perth Scorchers Fixtures

Sun 22 December - Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, GABBA
Thurs 26 December - Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades, #TheFurnace
Tues 31 December - Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Oval
Fri 3 January - Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, #TheFurnace
Tues 7 January - Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes, #TheFurnace
Fri 10 January - Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, SCG
Thurs 16 January - Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, #TheFurnace
Mon 27 January - Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers, MCG

James Buttler

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