Perth Scorchers address X-Factor blunder during Melbourne Renegades clash

The Perth Scorchers have defended their decision not to utilise an X-Factor substitute during their loss to the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday evening.

The newly-introduced innovation gives BBL teams the opportunity to swap out a player in their starting XI at the 10-over mark of each innings.

But after five matches, no club has opted to employ the X-Factor.

After collapsing to 5/62 at Blundstone Arena, the Scorchers could have potentially brought in an extra batsman at the 10-over mark to resurrect the innings.

However, the Perth-based side had named bowlers Joel Paris and Corey Roccicioli as their X-Factor replacements, leaving them with no extra batsmen at their disposal.

But speaking to Channel 7, Scorchers coach Adam Voges said they would not have made a substitution regardless due to the risk of depleting their bowling attack.

“I think we’ve got a well-balanced team and if we add a batter now, you lose a bowling option,” Voges said.

“I think we’re all still learning on the run at the moment.”

Ashton Turner of the Scorchers.Source:Getty Images

Scorchers skipper Ashton Turner acknowledged his team was still adapting to the new rule changes, and had not worked out the best way to exploit the X-Factor.

“I think there’s some great new initiatives in the game, and I think we’re still getting our head around it and trying to figure out a way we can best utilise the rule changes,” Turner said.

“I think we’re going to see the rules used differently as the tournament goes on and as with any new rule change, it’s going to take the captains and coaches a bit of time to adjust and find a way it can work for their side.”

The Scorchers were bowled out for 130, and the Renegades chased the meagre target with 21 balls to spare. Young gun Aaron Hardie top-scored with 33, while Turner contributed 24 with the bat.

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