WA and Australian Test batsman Marcus North has been named as Captain of the Perth Scorchers for the inaugural season of the KFC T20 Big Bash League.
The announcement was made at this evening’s KFC T20 Big Bash League launch at Carriageworks in Sydney, where all team leaders were unveiled along with logos and uniforms.
North says he is honoured to have the opportunity to lead Perth Scorchers.
“The Perth Scorchers are a dynamic team who will light up grounds across the country this summer, and I am very proud to have the privilege of being the team’s first Captain,” North said.
“We have assembled a very strong side packed with plenty of experience, and it will be great to have the likes of Mike Hussey, Simon Katich and Paul Collingwood, who have all led teams successfully in their own right, alongside me as we strive to bring the KFC T20 Big Bash League title to Perth.”
Perth Scorchers Head Coach Mickey Arthur says North richly deserves be the team’s inaugural skipper.
“Marcus has grown up in Perth and been a stalwart of WA and Australian cricket for over a decade, as well as leading the Warriors for the past four seasons, so we didn’t have to look too far to find our Captain,” Arthur said.
“I think it will be of great benefit to have some continuity in our leadership and having Marcus in control of the Retravision Warriors in the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield and Ryobi One-Day Cup, along with the Perth Scorchers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League.
“We deliberately targeted experience when assembling our squad as wise heads are critical to a team’s T20 success, and having players of the calibre of Katich, Collingwood and Hussey around Marcus is also going to be a tremendous plus for the Scorchers.”
The Perth Scorchers’ uniform and logo was also revealed at tonight’s launch. The orange and black colours were chosen to reflect Perth’s heat and extreme weather.
WACA Chief Executive Officer Graeme Wood said: “Our lifestyle is all about the sun, the beach, outdoor pursuits, and with 3000 hours of sunshine per year, we are the sunniest city in Australia.
“The colours represent the heat and intensity of the environment. While we are known for our laid back way of life, we have a reputation for taking anyone on.
“We have built a team to make the people of Perth proud and we look forward to watching the Scorchers burning their way across the country this summer.”
Perth Scorchers Squad: Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Mark Cameron, Paul Collingwood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Edmondson, Herschelle Gibbs, Mike Hussey, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Rimmington, Luke Ronchi.