Perth Scorchers import Stephen Eskinazi is hoping there will be a distinctly English flavour to the reigning champion’s tilt at a three-peat as he puts aside rivalry and renews old friendships with Zak Crawley and Laurie Evans. After earning his first professional T20 league contract during the Scorcher’s chaotic 2022-23 pre-season, Eskinazi became a pillar at the top of the order, including producing a half century to help seal the Scorcher’s place on top of the table heading into finals. He then springboarded from his success with Perth to play in England’s The 100 with the Welsh Fire before landing a deal with the Chennai Braves for Abu Dhabi’s T10 league. “It’s been nice to play some good cricket throughout the year and get some good experience and come back with a few more games under my belt,” he told The West Australian. “After the Big Bash last year, I went back to represent Middlesex, and pretty much as I got back, I got drafted, funnily enough, by Mike Hussey’s Welsh Fire. “The great thing about (The 100 and T10) is just how many world-class players were playing, and I think no matter the format of the game, it’s more about the quality of the opposition you’re playing, and that’s what drives your game forward.” Eskinazi was the sealing piece of the Scorcher’s import puzzle for BBL13, forming the third prong of a powerful English triumvirate alongside Crawley and Evans. The trio are familiar enemies during English summers, playing for counties in the same southern group, but Eskinazi said he was excited to reunite with the pair as teammates. “The three of us play against each other so much, Laurie being at Surrey and Zak at Kent in the same south group, so you become good friends,” he said. “There’s also a personal connection there. I’ve played and trained with Laurie when he spent a bit of time in Perth the first time six or seven years ago. “And Zak and I actually played together at Sydney Cricket Club in the Sydney Grade comp five years ago now, so I’ve got great personal relationships with these guys which is exciting.” The Scorchers couldn’t believe their luck when Crawley slipped into the second round of the import draft, pouncing on the former Hurricane to get their own taste of ‘Bazball’ after the opener flourished during the Ashes. However, Eskinazi says the 25-year-old has always played in the spirit of England’s new-found attacking, free-flowing mentality and brings another dominant force to the Scorcher’s line-up. “I’ve seen (Bazball) from Zak probably a lot longer than the world has,” he said. “On the domestic scene, he’s been playing with that freedom for a long time, and particularly in T20 cricket, he’s a dominant cricketer. “His game is really well set up for Optus Stadium and for the Big Bash. Last year, we saw that he managed to play some really nice cricket for Hobart, and having him in our dressing room is really exciting. “We know he can dominate really high-quality fast bowling, we know he’s a tall man who’s very difficult to bowl at, and hopefully, we can dovetail nicely with the three of us and with three pretty contrasting styles. “And he’s just a great fella, and I think that’s what the Scorchers have done really well for a long period of time in drafting good characters and good people who who are going to buy into what they are trying to do, and they’ve certainly got that in Zak.” Crawley is set to join the Scorchers for their first home clash on December 20 after completing his international duties.