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Perth Scorchers Appoint Aaron Hardie As Captain For Remainder Of BBL 13

image-lqjadzywAaron Hardie will captain Perth Scorchers in BBL 13 [X.com]

In a significant turn of events for Perth Scorchers in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) season 13, the franchise has appointed the promising all-rounder Aaron Hardie as the stand-in captain. This decision comes in the wake of unfortunate news that their seasoned skipper, Ashton Turner, will be ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a severe knee injury.

Ashton Turner, who had successfully led the Scorchers to two consecutive BBL triumphs, sustained a meniscus tear in his right knee during a clash against Hobart Hurricanes on December 20. 

Despite his best efforts, Turner had to leave the field after bowling just one delivery. Following subsequent scans, it was confirmed that surgery was imperative for his recovery. 

Turner underwent a successful surgery on December 22 and is currently undergoing rehabilitation. In light of Turner's absence, the Scorchers management had to decide who would lead the team in this challenging period. 

Contrary to expectations, the franchise opted for 25-year-old all-rounder Aaron Hardie over Jos Inglis, who was Turner's deputy. Head Coach Adam Voges shed light on the decision, stating,

"Clearly losing AT is disappointing, but his injury presents an opportunity for Aaron to display his leadership skills during the tournament."

Voges further emphasized Hardie's leadership potential, noting his involvement in leadership programs with both WA and Perth Scorchers. 

"He has the trust of his teammates, both on-field and off," Voges added, expressing confidence that the team would rally around Hardie with the same intensity that has brought them success in recent years.

Aaron Hardie, who made his T20I and ODI debuts in South Africa and captained Australia A in the second unofficial Test against New Zealand A earlier this year, expressed his privilege in leading the team in Turner's absence. 

"We're all wishing AT a speedy recovery. He's been an amazing player and captain for a long time, and the team definitely looks up to him," Hardie remarked.

The Scorchers' stand-in skipper acknowledged the strength of experience and leadership within the squad, highlighting their ability to collectively make the team better.

"I'm sure the whole squad will remain focused and come together to offer us the best chance to win a championship once more," Hardie remarked.

With their next game against Melbourne Renegades scheduled for December 26, the Scorchers are gearing up for the challenge under the new leadership.

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