Hussey, Warne fire up Big Bash fever
Local hero: Mike Hussey. Picture: Ian Munro/ The West Australian

The return of two cricketing legends to the WACA Ground has ensured a sellout crowd for tomorrow's Big Bash League semi-final between the Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars.

Tickets sold out in less than three hours yesterday for the clash, which boasts the return of Mike Hussey to the Scorchers line-up, as well as a possible last-ever WACA appearance by Shane Warne.

Hussey said yesterday that he felt guilty about forcing a teammate out to make way for him this late in the season.

"I just want to come in and try and do my best for the boys," he said.

Though Hussey retired from international cricket after Australia's victory over Sri Lanka in the Sydney Test, he is available for the Scorchers, as well as WA's Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup sides.

Tomorrow's do-or-die clash caps a remarkable turnaround for the Scorchers, who can secure a place in the BBL grand final for the second year running.

But Warne's Stars stand in their way, having rolled the Scorchers for a paltry 69 in a match earlier this summer. Warne and fiancee Elizabeth Hurley arrived in Perth yesterday along with Warne's youngest daughter, Summer.

With the last meeting between the sides ending in farcical circumstances thanks to a rain delay, the Stars' captain welcomed the warmer weather.

"Hello Perth, nice to see the sun and not thunderstorms this trip . . ." Warne tweeted.

The leg spinner was fined $4500 by Cricket Australia and suspended for one match after an ugly clash with West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels during a match against the Melbourne Renegades.


The West Australian

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