Behrendorff to put heat on Pomersbach

He burst on to the Twenty20 scene with the prized wicket of Australia opener Aaron Finch, now Jason Behrendorff needs to stop a firing Luke Pomersbach in the Big Bash League final on Saturday.

Perth Scorchers opening bowler Behrendorff said the final against the Brisbane Heat would be the biggest game he's played in during his short career.

The former Tuggeranong left-arm quick is starting to establish himself in the West Australian line-up after making his first-class debut in 2011.

He's been given the task of trying to topple a rampant Pomersbach, who has smashed an unbeaten 112 from 70 balls and 82 off 42 in his last two innings.

The Perth native has found a new lease of life since moving to Queensland following a series of alcohol-fuelled incidents in WA.

His undoubted talent is shining through.


''It'll be a massive confidence boost for us and it would get us some sort of great start if I can nick him off to first slip or to the keeper early on,'' Behrendorff said.

''I've bowled to him a fair bit in the nets.

''He's always a tough bloke to bowl to, he's in a good spot of form and he hits the ball as clean as just about anyone.

''He'll be tough to bowl to, but if I hit my areas then hopefully I'll be able to get the edge.''

With the final selling out in just 12 minutes, Behrendorff was hoping for a vocal Perth crowd helping the home team to its first BBL title.

He thought ''Pomers'' might find himself on the wrong side of the crowd for a change.

''Hopefully that might be the thing that unsettles him the most, you never know, [the crowd] cheering for us instead of him,'' he said.

In 14 months, Behrendorff has debuted for the Sandgropers in all three forms of the game.

He's also caught the eye of the national selectors and played for the Chairman's XI against India at Manuka Oval in 2011, where he bowled to the likes of Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman.

But he still rated the BBL final as the biggest game he's been involved in.

Behrendorff said the Scorchers were still buzzing after their nail-biting semi-final win over the Melbourne Stars on Wednesday.

Mike Hussey hit James Faulkner for four off the last ball to win the rain-shortened affair and send the Scorchers through to the final.

''There was almost 18,000 people at the WACA [on Wednesday night] and I believe the tickets were sold for the final [on Thursday morning] in about 12 minutes,'' Behrendorff said.


Big Bash League final: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat at the WACA Ground, 8pm. TV Time: Live on Fox Sports 2.