Mitchell Marsh
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Perth Scorchers have announced Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh as their captain for the upcoming season of Big Bash League. The spot was laying vacant after former captain Adam Voges retired and took over the coaching duties with Scorchers.

Three-time BBL winners Scorchers are hopeful of a strong campaign as they have successfully managed to hold on to their ‘core group of players’ with Mitchell Johnson, who recently announced retirement from all forms of cricket, being the only high-profile departure.

Currently serving a ban for his involvement in Newlands ball-tampering scandal, Cameron Bancroft has also been named in the squad.

“To retain our core group of players has been really important for us and we’re pleased everyone has decided to stay,” Voges was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Friday.

“With WA having such a strong presence in the Australian white ball teams it means a lot of our younger players will get more opportunities for the Scorchers, and many of those guys played for us last summer so I’m excited for them to build on that experience.

“We have wanted to be consistent with our squads across all three formats, so naming Mitch as captain was a good fit. He’s an exciting leader and I’m sure the Scorchers fans are going to be happy.”

Scorchers finished at the top of the standings after the league stage of the BBL| 07. However, they lost to Hobart Hurricanes by 71 runs in the first semifinal. Marsh is hopeful the team will replicate its previous season form.

“It’s a great honour to be able to lead any WA team,” he was quoted as saying in the official website of Scorchers. “We’ve had great success with this side and to be given the opportunity to captain the Scorchers again is really exciting. It’s important we build on last year’s efforts, BBL|07 didn’t finish the way we would’ve liked after finishing on top of the ladder.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside Vogesy. If we continue to work hard and look after our mates I’m sure we will continue to have success as a team and an organisation,” he said.

On the other hand, Meg Lanning has been named as the team captain for the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.

“I’m really looking forward to the season, watching on from the sidelines last summer wasn’t fun at all. The girls have been so close in the last two campaigns, I know they’re all looking to go one better this time round and I can’t wait to hopefully get us there,” Manning said.

Both the Scorcher’s men and women teams start their BBL|08 campaign from December 20.