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Perth Scorchers will have history on their side tomorrow night as they attempt to break a nine-year trophy drought by winning the Big Bash League final against Brisbane Heat at the WACA Ground.

The last time WA cricket tasted success was in the 2003-04 ING Cup final, beating Queensland Bulls.

WA won that contest under the captaincy of Mike Hussey, now a Scorchers BBL semifinal hero.

Hussey sealed the Scorchers' entry into the final with a last-ball boundary in their win over Melbourne Stars on Wednesday night.

It may be his influence which once again lifts a State side mired in mediocrity for almost a decade.

Coach Justin Langer yesterday told radio station SEN that opener Herschelle Gibbs would miss the final with a hamstring injury.

Wicket-keeper Tom Triffitt is likely to be Gibbs' replacement.

Hussey said the Scorchers were in a better position than ever to bring success back to the WACA.

"We haven't had a victory for a long time, some silverware in WA, so it would be great to do it on Saturday," he said.

"I feel a real confidence around the team. Confidence plays a massive part in all sports really, but in particular cricket.

"Players that are playing with confidence, the sky's the limit with what you can achieve and that flows on to other players in the team as well."

Hussey said the most important aspect of T20 was hitting form at the right time, both in the context of a match and a season.

The Scorchers and the Heat lost two of their first three games before finding form.

"It's a little bit ironic that the two teams who probably struggled a little bit at the start of the tournament have timed their run to be playing their best cricket when it really matters," Hussey said.

"I think (Brisbane) are a real form team. They're playing with a lot of confidence and they've got some real match winners.

"Our guys are right up for it and we know if we play at our absolute peak, we believe we can beat anyone."

The Heat expect to go into the match minus paceman Ben Cutting, who is on stand-by as an injury replacement for the Australian one-day side which plays Sri Lanka in Brisbane today.

·Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne is facing another one-match ban - this time for a slow over rate.

Warne was suspended for one game last week after a heated confrontation with West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels.

The spin king faces an alleged breach of Cricket Australia's spirit of the game law in regards to a slow over rate.

Warne, who was already on a strike for a slow over rate violation, wasn't officially listed as captain in his team's loss to the Scorchers.

Paceman James Faulkner was given the captaincy duties, but CA said Warne should take the blame.

With Australian Associated Press

The West Australian

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