Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich says Nathan Coulter-Nile is in line for higher honours.

Coulter-Nile smashed 23 runs off six balls last week to help the Scorchers beat Brisbane Heat.

Needing 51 runs from five overs under the Duckworth-Lewis system, the all-rounder was thrust into a pinch-hitting role and took the game away from Brisbane.

"He is just a very good all-round cricketer," Katich said.

"He's done well at this form of the game, but he's certainly got a lot of potential to get better at this form of the game.

"Not only with the ball, but also with the bat and he's great in the field. He's definitely someone they're going to be looking at for higher honours down the track if he keeps performing consistently."

The Scorchers (2-2) clash with Big Bash League leaders Melbourne Renegades in front of a sold-out crowd tomorrow night at the WACA Ground.

Katich said consecutive wins on the road had helped the team regain confidence after a slow start to the season.

"We played OK in the first game, we just didn't quite execute how we wanted with the ball," he said.

"The second game was one of those games where we just got blown away by (Lasith) Malinga, so we didn't look at it too much.

"That happens in Twenty20. Thankfully we were able to turn it around with a very good performance in Sydney and then an even better win in Brisbane.

"I think everyone thinks that Duckworth-Lewis definitely favours the team batting second … but you still have to go out there and get them."

While the undefeated Renagades may lack the star-studded line-up of other sides, Katich was not surprised by their 4-0 record.

"They've got a lot of good players in their team that play their roles well and that's what's important in this form of the game," he said.

"Obviously, there are other teams around that might have so-called more high-profile players, but look at their team and they've got a very well-balanced team.

"There's a lot been said about (Aaron Finch), but I think there are also a lot of other dangerous players in their batting line-up."

He expects the Renegades to field a three-pronged spin attack, spearheaded by Muttiah Muralitharan.

"Adelaide did it in the first game and I think if you've got the quality of spinners there's no doubt that it's a good tactic," he said.

DID YOU KNOW? 23 Number of runs Nathan Coulter-Nile smashed off just six balls against Brisbane Heat

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