Scorchers hope Stoinis has nervy return

Melbourne Stars opener Marcus Stoinis cracked an unbeaten 147 in his most recent game and he will be out to produce more heroics against his former teammates.

MARCUS STOINIS of Australia looks on during a Australia Nets Session at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England.
MARCUS STOINIS of Australia looks on during a Australia Nets Session at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Perth Scorchers paceman Jhye Richardson hopes Marcus Stoinis will be a ball of nerves when the Melbourne Stars gun returns to Perth for Wednesday night's BBL clash at Optus Stadium.

The Stars outfit features a host of WA players including Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Clint Hinchliffe.

But it's Stoinis who looms as the biggest home-grown danger to the Scorchers on Wednesday night following his unbeaten 147 off 79 balls in the Stars' 44-run win over the Sydney Sixers.

That majestic innings featured 13 fours and eight sixes, as Stoinis combined with Cartwright (59 off 40) for a 207-run opening stand.

Stoinis was a key part of the Scorchers' set-up before defecting to the ladder-leading Stars at the end of last season and Richardson hopes the allrounder will be feeling nervous ahead of his return.

"The beauty of the Stars having so many WA players is we've seen them all before, we know what they're capable of," Richardson said.

"And coming back home to WA in front of a Scorchers crowd, there might be a few nerves floating around.

"Hopefully we can use that to our advantage."

Richardson said the key to dismissing Stoinis was frustrating him early with dot balls.

"I think you've got to build pressure on him early and make him try and do something that he's not comfortable doing early in the innings," Richardson said.

"If we can get him thinking about something different, then that's a positive for us."

The Scorchers have shot up to third on the ladder following three wins on the trot, with their latest a 77-run victory over the Hurricanes in Hobart.

Richardson has been crucial during that stretch, snaring 4-19, 2-34 and 3-22.

But their already-hectic travel schedule was made even harder on Tuesday when their scheduled flight from Melbourne to Perth was delayed due to bushfire smoke.

"The boys haven't complained too much because we know what's going on," Richardson said.

"It's not ideal to be sitting in an airport with our schedule, but it's also not ideal to be going through what Australia is going through at the moment."