Saturday’s Big Bash 2016/2017 Final 2017 match is between Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars. The match is set to commence at 19:16 AEST with the game to be played in Perth at the WACA. View our preview and teams for the game between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers.
When: 19:16 | Saturday 28/01/2017
Where: Perth, WACA
Preview: Tonight sees the Big Bash final between the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers with the game to be played at the WACA in WA. We will be sticking to the home team who smashed the Stars in their semi final contest. On paper the Scorchers bowling team are just too good with our MOM tip being Mitchell Johnson at double figures.
Perth Scorchers squad
Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Ian Bell, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Cameron Valente, Sam Whiteman, David Willey, Tim Bresnan.
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Nadal, Federer set for special Open final
Rafael Nadal says his Australian Open final against old foe Roger Federer will be extra special considering the mountain both men had to climb to reach it.
The greatest rivalry in tennis history is set for another chapter after Nadal defeated Grigor Dimitrov in a five-set marathon to book his place in Sunday’s final against Federer.
The Spanish bull was made to fight tooth and nail but showed glimpses of his astonishing best, prevailing over Bulgarian 15th seed Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 in just short of five hours.
For Nadal, who endured an injury-ravaged 2016, the prospect of making the final at Melbourne Park had seemed impossibly remote at the start of the year.
The same was true for 35-year-old Federer, who had fallen to No.17 in the world after six months out following knee surgery last year.
The legends were resigned to playing mini tennis with some juniors last time they met on a court, but on Sunday will square off in a grand slam final many – including themselves – felt was beyond them.
“It’s special (to) play with Roger again in a final of a grand slam. I cannot lie. It’s great,” Nadal said.
“It’s exciting for me and for both of us that we are still there and we still fighting for important events. So that’s important for us, I think. That’s very special.”
Former world No.1 Andy Roddick earlier in the week described a Nadal-Federer final as potentially “the biggest match ever in Australian Open history – and maybe grand slam history”.
The decorated duo, who have won a combined 31 grand slam singles titles, last met in the final of a major at Roland Garros in 2011 when Nadal prevailed in four sets.
Nadal holds a 6-2 lead over the Swiss maestro in grand slam deciders and was also the victor in the duo’s only previous Australian Open final, prevailing in a five-set epic in 2009.
But Nadal said his past triumphs counted for little considering how much time had passed since they last competed in a final.
The ninth seed will be forced to recover quickly from his gruelling match against Dimitrov, with Federer enjoying an extra day off after beating Stan Wawrinka, also in five sets, but almost two hours less, in his semi-final on Thursday night.
“It’s a very important match for both of us,” Nadal said.
“I hope to be ready to compete well again. I need to go back to the hotel, to rest well, and to recover from now.”