BBL|04: Michael Klinger feels Scorchers are ready for Stars return

Perth Scorchers’ batsman Michael Klinger believes it is the team’s self belief that have driven them to make their fourth consecutive BBL final.

“The biggest thing I think is just the belief within the group that they can win from any situation,” said Klinger. “That’s probably something I’ve seen in this group in almost all formats.

“I know there’s a few different ins for the Scorchers, but even in the WACA group with the one-day stuff and the Shield stuff, the belief they have that they can win the game from any position is great. I’ve certainly seen that in the Scorchers group this year.”

The Scorchers are revelling in the excitement of making the finals again and will host the Melbourne Stars at #TheFurnace in the second semifinal of KFC T20 Big Bash League |04.

The team did however lose to the Stars last time out, but Klinger believes it was a good time to have a bad day at the office.

“For them, they’ll come in with a little bit more confidence than if we’d beaten them by 30-odd runs or something,” he stated. “If that’s going to happen, it’s a lot better happening then than in a semifinal. We’ll learn a lot from our mistakes.

“We probably didn’t get it right in the last five overs, but in saying that, our bowlers have been fantastic throughout this tournament and have won us games at that point, as well,” he explained. “There’s no doubt we’ll learn a few things and get them right for Sunday.”

Meanwhile, paceman Yasir Arafat is sweating on his place in the side with a return of Nathan Coulter-Nile from injury on the cards.

“I’m not sure about my spot, because it’s all up to the selectors and the coaching staff, whoever is best for the team and for the game,” said Arafat. “It all depends on them, who they’re going to select for the game.

“Last year was exceptional - I did well in all the games. This year, I started off not as good as last year, but it’s been coming out good in the last two games.”

James Buttler

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