Simple equation for Perth Scorchers
Shaun Marsh talks about the BBL today. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

The Perth Scorchers will go into Thursday night's Big Bash League clash against the Adelaide Strikers with their destiny in their own hands.

The Scorchers are among a group of four Big Bash sides jostling for the rights to host a home semifinal, alongside the Strikers, Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes.

While all four are locked on eight points, the Scorchers have the superior run rate, putting them in prime position to clinch the crucial tie.

"It's a great position to be in. We go to Adelaide, we win, and we're in," opener Shaun Marsh said.

"A lot of other teams have to worry about other results but we don't have to do that.

"We put ourselves in that position by playing well the last four weeks and the boys are in a good space."

The Scorchers will travel to Adelaide tomorrow ahead of Thursday night's game.

It is the second time the two sides have met this season after a six-wicket win to the Strikers in the opening round.

The loss was the beginning of a dreadful start for the Scorchers, who have since turned their season around largely on the batting performance of a reinvigorated Marsh.

He said the squad had put their early-season woes behind them but they were still keen to show who was the better side over the course of the season.

"It was disappointing that game, the boys are certainly aware of that," he said.

"We want to go over there and put a good performance in, not only for us but for our fans as well.

"We really desperately want to win and have a home final."

Going into the final round of the BBL, Marsh said the pressure on sides to qualify for finals was starting to tell.

Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne has already copped a one-match ban for physically and verbally attacking Melbourne Renegades import Marlon Samuels in his side's loss on Sunday night.

"Any form of cricket you play in there's that fierce competition and (the BBL) is no different," Marsh said.

"There's a lot at stake now obviously with the Champions League.

"Every team wants to participate in finals and finish in that top two and win it so sometimes tempers flare over but it's just part of the game."

The West Australian

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