Perth Scorchers will give opening batsman Shaun Marsh until the last minute to prove his fitness for tonight's crucial game against winless Sydney Thunder at the WACA Ground.

Marsh was unable to field in the Scorchers' loss to the Hobart Hurricanes on Tuesday night after being struck on a thumb by Doug Bollinger when batting.

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was brought into the squad last night as cover for Marsh, replacing paceman Joe Mennie for a game the Scorchers must win to keep their finals hopes alive.

The Scorchers are bracing themselves for a potential onslaught from high-profile West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, who starred at the WACA Ground during two Twenty20 campaigns with WA in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Gayle has scored just 70 runs for the Thunder in five innings, failing to reach double figures three times.

He has an average of just 14 and a top score of 28, despite being one of the competition's big drawcards.

Gayle's failure to have an impact with the bat prompted criticism this week from Sydney Sixers captain Brad Haddin, who challenged the big left-hander to start justifying his $250,000 BBL deal.

Scorchers coach Justin Langer said his side would look to put Gayle under pressure in a bid to quell his influence.

"Chris Gayle is a superstar of world cricket and particularly Twenty20 cricket," Langer said.

"We saw it in the World Cup recently; he can be so destructive and we'll obviously treat him with great respect. One thing I know about great players is you never write them off.

"Hopefully we'll get him out earlier rather than later."

Gayle yesterday felt he had been hitting the ball well, but had suffered some unfortunate dismissals.

He hoped to play the spoiler role against some of his former teammates as they chased a finals berth.

"We all go through these things as cricketers so it's nothing to beat yourself up over or worry about," Gayle said.

"You've just got to keep pushing and have that self belief to go out there and get the job done.

"There's no pressure, to be honest with you, and we have nothing to lose at this point in time.

"It's a situation where we can go and express ourselves and eventually we'll get the runs which I have been looking for.

"We're looking for a win so we might get a chance to actually upset them. It's sad but we're looking forward to playing the game to actually get a win. We've lost six games straight so we don't want to lose seven straight."

The West Australian

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