Scorchers hit back at Voges speculation

A five-match winning streak has silenced the early-season critics of Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges.

ASHTON TURNER.
ASHTON TURNER. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty Images

Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner says it was ridiculous for people to start questioning the future of coach Adam Voges following the team's poor start to the BBL season.

The Scorchers have shot back to title favouritism following a five-match winning run.

It was a far different scenario at the start of the season, when the Scorchers lost three of their first four matches and had the other one washed out.

The playing group have been steadfast in their support of Voges, and the third-year coach has helped the team dramatically turn around their fortunes.

Turner was surprised when the spotlight fell on Voges so early in the season.

"Speculation about people's jobs three games into a tournament is ridiculous really," he said.

"I don't think that benefits anyone.

"Someone like Vogesy who has built up so much credit over a long period of time here in WA and in Australia, deserves more respect than that."

The Scorchers' hot run will be put to the test when they take on the ladder-leading Sydney Sixers in Canberra on Saturday night.

Perth will be without star allrounder Mitch Marsh, who is sidelined with a side strain.

The Scorchers are hopeful Marsh will return at the tail-end of the season, but it will be as a batter only.

Turner dismissed the idea of using Marsh solely as a batter in future seasons.

"He's so valuable with the ball for us," Turner said.

"It's like gold having a sixth bowling option. As captain it makes the maths in my head a little bit easier.

"You know everyone is not going to have the best night out every game, and sometimes someone needs to take up a bit of that slack, and Mitch is the perfect person to do that for us."

Star New Zeland batsman Colin Munro, who struck three consecutive half-centuries before injuring his quad, is a chance to return against the Sixers.

The Scorchers' bowling line-up, led by pace trio Jhye Richardson, AJ Tye, and Jason Behrendorff along with support from spinner Fawad Ahmed and allrounder Aaron Hardie, has been in hot form during the winning run.

Turner is confident his team has enough bowling options to cover the loss of Marsh.