Turner’s religion was justified when 19-year-old Connolly grew to become an on the spot hero at a heaving Optus Stadium after combining with unheralded Nick Hobson to elevate Scorchers previous Brisbane Heat in an absorbing ultimate.
“We pick guys for a reason, we trust their skill. We don’t need to tell Cooper how to bat, how to play the situation,” Turner mentioned after Scorchers chased down 176 runs to win by 5 wickets.
“He’s a smart kid, he’s played enough cricket and he’s prepared himself for these moments.
“If something, if I inform him the place he must be hitting the ball then he in all probability would not play the pictures we see tonight. That’s the wonder and the liberty of a younger child who’s simply come onto the scene.”
Scorchers’ latest BBL triumph was particularly satisfying because it reinforced their long-held core principles of building a reservoir of depth and sticking with homegrown talent.
They had to lean on that after an injury-ravaged campaign, including losing star allrounder Mitchell Marsh for the entire season while spearhead Jhye Richardson didn’t return after suffering a hamstring strain mid-season.
It provided opportunities for Hobson, an accountant in his day job who played every match this season, and Connolly, Australia’s captain at last year’s Under-19 World Cup, who both have never played first-class cricket before.
“We need gamers who’re battle-hardened and prepared for the worldwide stage,” Turner said. “We have plenty of confidence within the guys we decide.
“To get picked in our final XI, you’ve got to be a good player and we trust our selection processes and we trust what we’ve seen from these guys. The question is can they translate and perform in big moments?
“Both Nick and Cooper have answered that query comprehensively.”
Overshadowed by the dramatic finale, Turner had initially rescued Scorchers with a composed 53 off 32 balls on the back of a half-century under pressure in last year’s final against Sydney Sixers
The Player-of-the-match performance capped a stunning season for the unassuming Turner, who has vaulted back into calculations for Australia’s T20 team strengthened by his impressive captaincy credentials.
Turner played nine ODIs and 18 T20Is for Australia from 2017-21, but a form slump removed him from the selection frame.
“It’s not a lot a rescue mission as it could look from the surface – I’m doing my job,” Turner said about his ability to continually dig Scorchers out of trouble this season.
“I mentioned pre-game that nice groups win massive video games and that was our accountability tonight. We’ve been overwhelming favourites in all probability for the previous few video games we have entered.
“It’s our responsibility to back that up and perform well. Fortunately we were able to do that.”
While they indulge in one other triumph, planning will finally begin for Scorchers’ bid for a historic hat-trick of titles – a feat that has by no means been achieved in BBL historical past.
“When BBL 13 comes along we will be well-planned, prepared and excited,” Turner mentioned. “There will be more competition, we know that having been at the pinnacle of this competition for a couple of years that we will be the hunted and that’s okay. We’ll embrace that tag and we’ve got a lot of confidence in the depth of our squad.”
Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based mostly in Perth
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