Scorchers quickly lock up another key in a multi-year deal

The Perth Scorchers have achieved another important pillar in their quest for a historic KFC BBL three-torch with Jason Behrendorff signing a two-year contract extension.

The left-armed swing bowler re-signs with the five-time champions after a career-best BBL|12. He is among the top five bowlers in the tournament with 21 wickets, including a match-high of 2-26 in front of 53,886 fans in Perth’s victory over the Brisbane Heat in the final.

This was the 32-year-old’s fourth Big Bash title, who also featured in their BBL|03, BBL|04 and BBL|11 triumphs, which he says was the main reason he stayed until the end of the 2024/25 season.

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“It’s a team I’ve played a lot of cricket for and a team I love. I have a lot of buddies around me in Perth and we’ve been very successful – it’s a lot of fun,” Behrendorff said.

Behrendorff became the second Scorchers bowler to take 100 Big Bash wickets last season and is second in all-time wicket-takers behind Andrew Tye, who also recently signed for BBL|13 – List of Clubs.

Perth have been able to re-sign most of their champions squad, with maintaining local depth being a key factor in their unprecedented BBL success.

Only Test all-rounders Cameron Green, Cameron Bancroft and Peter Hatzoglou remain unsigned for next season.

In addition to Behrendorff and Tye, speedsters Lance Morris (aged two), Matthew Kelly (aged three) and BBL|12 Finals hero Cooper Connolly (aged two) have all signed on to stay with the Scorchers.

“We complement each other really well, we have different skills but now also all very experienced skills which is very exciting,” Behrendorff said of his Perth colleagues.

“To keep moving forward, we always try to get better, add a new delivery or something like that.

“Personally for me this year has been able to bowl through the middle and end in the death overs. I had the opportunity, especially when Richo (Jhye Richardson) wasn’t available for us.

“Working with AJ (Tye), Richo, Kells (Kelly), Hards (Aaron Hardie), the list goes on, it was a very good group and I can’t wait to play a few more years.”

Behrendorff has the chance to add a fourth national over-50 medal to his bulging trophy cabinet on Wednesday when WA take on South Australia in the final of this season’s Marsh One-Day Cup.

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Behrendorff underlines his impressive form this summer and is the second-best wicket-taker in the competition this season with 12 in seven games. His ability to swing the new ball worries many top batters and took the most wickets (8) on the power play, as did BBL|12, where he won the second-highest finisher with 10 on the four-over power play.

Perth Scorchers roster for BBL|13 (so far): Ashton Agar (signed to end BBL14), Jason Behrendorff (BBL14), Cooper Connolly (BBL14), Aaron Hardie (BBL13), Nick Hobson (BBL13), Josh Inglis (BBL13), Matthew Kelly (BBL15), Mitch Marsh (BBL14) , Lance Morris (BBL14), Jhye Richardson (BBL13), Ashton Turner (BBL14), Andrew Tye (BBL13). Scorchers quickly lock up another key in a multi-year deal

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