Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich has thrown his weight behind Michael Beer being retained for next Wednesday night's Big Bash League semi- final against Sydney Sixers at the SCG.
The 29-year-old is expected to be rewarded for his successful return to Twenty20 ranks against Melbourne Stars on Monday, claiming 2-27 from four overs as an opening bowler, and providing the Scorchers with the option of taking two front-line spinners into the knockout clash.
Perth's bowling stocks should also be boosted by the inclusion of Nathan Coulter-Nile, leaving Pat Cummins and Alfonso Thomas vulnerable at selection.
Katich praised Beer, who was making his first T20 appearance since December 31, before calling on Cricket Australia to tighten the format of the BBL.
"After a performance like Monday, it'd be very hard to leave him out," Katich said. "Given that Sydney spun a lot the last time we played there, it was very difficult not playing him then.
"It's been a tough call leaving him out for the best part of a month, but he showed how good a bowler he is by coming back in and performing the way he did.
"His start in particular against their top order, who are very dangerous players, was outstanding. He got us the momentum in the game and unfortunately we lost it after that."
Cummins (0-38) was far less economical from his four overs in his second match back from injury and contributed little with the bat.
Thomas (1-26) was one of Perth's better bowlers outside of Beer.
Perth will have played only one game in nearly three weeks by the time their Champions League hopes go on the line against the Sixers next week.
The BBL finals series has been scheduled around Australia's three international T20 matches against England.
"There's no doubt it's dragged on too long," Katich said.
"To think we've played, I think, seven games in the space of maybe five or four-and-a-half weeks and you don't play another one for 11 days and you don't play another final for eight days, that seems a bit ridiculous."
Perth spinner Brad Hogg was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for giving Stars batsman David Hussey a verbal send-off in Monday's defeat. It capped off a dirty day for the veteran, who conceded 0-36 from three overs.