Aaron Hardie to lead Perth Scorchers as stand-in skipper in BBL

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Perth Scorchers have named 25-year-old all-rounder Aaron Hardie as their stand-in captain for the remainder of the season. This decision comes after two-time title-winning skipper Ashton Turner was ruled out of the Big Bash League due to a knee injury. Despite not being the official vice-captain, Hardie has been appointed over vice-captain Josh Inglis, with the Scorchers citing the preference for the stand-in captain to be closer to the bowler in the field for better communication.

Scorchers’ coach Adam Voges confirmed that Hardie was chosen over the wicketkeeper due to the need for the skipper to have closer proximity to the bowler for the efficiency of communication. Hardie has been an unofficial part of the leadership group this season and has been involved in all of the team’s strategy meetings with the captain and coach.

2023 has been a remarkable year for Hardie, as he made his T20I and ODI debuts in South Africa and India with Australia’s white-ball teams. He also captained Australia A in the second unofficial Test against New Zealand A earlier this year.

In response to his new role, Hardie mentioned that it is a privilege to lead the team in Turner’s absence and a challenge he is ready to embrace. He expressed confidence in the squad’s experience and leadership, emphasizing the team’s unity in working towards another title.

The BBL also confirmed that the abandoned match between Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades in Geelong would not be replayed, with the points being shared. Voges accepted the decision but expressed the need for accountability for the water getting on the covered pitch.

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