BBL pressure all on Scorchers: Hurricanes

A parochial home crowd is expected when the Scorchers host the Hurricanes in their BBL semi-final.
A parochial home crowd is expected when the Scorchers host the Hurricanes in their BBL semi-final.

Hobart Hurricanes opener Tim Paine hopes Perth Scorchers' players will choke under the weight of expectation during Thursday night's BBL semi-final at Optus Stadium.

A sell-out crowd of 55,000 is expected to turn out at Perth's new $1.5 billion stadium, with the Scorchers to start as warm favourites after finishing the regular season in top spot.

The Hurricanes scraped into fourth spot and will be without this season's leading run scorer - D'Arcy Short - because of international duties.

But Paine is confident the Hurricanes can cause an upset, and in the process deny the Scorchers the chance to secure back-to-back titles.

"Perth are an exceptional side, (but) we certainly come here with no fear," Paine said.

"Hopefully the expectation of the new stadium and the bigger crowd weigh on the Scorchers.

"We've been the underdogs in many games this year, and we've come out on top.

"It's nice to come over here and fly under the radar a bit."

The Scorchers have lost star duo Ashton Agar and AJ Tye to international duties.

But the return of the Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitch, will add significant firepower to the batting line-up.

Mitch Marsh and Paine enjoyed some friendly banter on Wednesday, but the Australian ODI teammates will put friendship aside when they lock horns on Thursday.

"I think they are a very dangerous team," Marsh said of the Hurricanes.

"D'Arcy Short is going to be a big loss.

"But they've got the big-hitting Tim Paine coming in at the top of the order.

"He's been telling me today that he's going to smack us all around.

"Hopefully we can get him out cheaply."

The Scorchers are the most successful team in BBL history, having won three titles to go with two runner-up finishes in six completed seasons.

They defied a horror injury toll to finish top and Marsh said the team's strong culture, under coach Justin Langer, played a critical role in their past and current success.

"The main thing we speak about and Justin Langer speaks about is that there is a no whinge policy," Marsh said.

"We just get on with it. We play for each other. It takes a full squad to win tournaments."

Scorchers opener Sam Whiteman was dropped to make way for Shaun Marsh's return, while uncapped spinner Haydan Morton was added to the 13-man squad.

Hobart dropped England paceman Tymal Mills for potential debutant Riley Meredith.

The Optus Stadium pitch featured a lot of green grass on Wednesday but Marsh and Paine are confident the deck would produce a good contest between bat and ball.

Scorchers squad: Adam Voges (capt), Cameron Bancroft, Will Bosisto, Tim Bresnan, Hilton Cartwright, Mitchell Johnson, Matthew Kelly, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Haydan Morton, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner.

Hurricanes squad: George Bailey, Jofra Archer, Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Tim Paine, Nathan Reardon, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, Matthew Wade.