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The Sydney Sixers’ request to have Steve Smith play in the BBL Final against the Perth Scorchers on Friday night (7.40pm AEDT) has been denied.

The Sixers were hoping it would be a case of third time lucky in the their hope to have the prolific run-scorer made available.

But the kings of the BBL, who are bidding for a rare three-peat, were knocked back yet again.

The Sydney Sixers have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

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Nick Bertus, Daniel Hughes and Jackson Bird are back for the Sixers while Justin Avendano, Jake Carder and Jordan Silk miss out.

Hughes was racing the clock to be fit but has been selected after having aa last minute fitness test.

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Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner and Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques with the BBL trophy ahead of their final at Marvel Stadium on January 27, 2022. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The Sixers lost Australia wicket-keeper batsman Josh Philippe (Covid) on the eve of their dramatic last-ball victory over the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday night at the SCG. He was the third Sixers player brought down by the virus following the loss of Jack and Mickey Edwards.

Their run of misfortune continued during their controversial win over the Strikers, with Silk (hamstring) ruled out.

The Sixers’ dramatic build up contrasts the Scorchers’, who progressed through to the final by crushing their Sydney rivals last weekend.

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It was last Saturday that wicket-keeper Josh Inglis (79) and Kurtis Patterson (64) put on 120 to pave the way for the three-time champions to score 3-179.

In response, the Sixers’ innings got off to a terrible start and were bowled out for 141 — a defeat that would have been all the larger were it not for Ben Dwarshuis’s 28-ball 66.

The Scorchers have named an unchanged XI, while star international all-rounder Mitch Marsh is not expected to bowl.

FIRST BALL: 7:40pm AEDT

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SCORCHERS: Josh Inglis (wk), Kurtis Patterson, Mitch Marsh, Colin Munro, Ashton Turner (capt), Laurie Evans, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou | X Factor Subs: Aaron Hardie, Matthew Kelly

SIXERS: Hayden Kerr, Nick Bertus, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (capt), Dan Christian, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Jay Lenton (wk), Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe | X Factor Subs: Justin Avendano, Lloyd Pope

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