‘Absolute muppet’: Perth Scorchers star Josh Inglis hits WA Premier Mark McGowan for 6 after border back down

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Josh Inglis isn’t a fan of Mark McGowan’s border call.
Camera IconJosh Inglis isn’t a fan of Mark McGowan’s border call. Credit: Mike Owen/Getty Images

Perth Scorchers gloveman Josh Inglis hasn’t held back in his assessment of Mark McGowan after the State’s hard border was pushed back indefinitely, labelling the WA Premier an “absolute muppet”.

The Scorchers have been on the road since early December, after playing their season-opening clash against Brisbane Heat at Optus Stadium on December 8.

The side were going to be locked out of WA until the scheduled February 5 re-opening, arriving home with quarantine-free conditions.

But that changed on Thursday night when McGowan sensationally backed down on his promise for the State to re-open its border leaving the COVID-19 quarantine measures in place indefinitely, meaning the players face two weeks’ quarantine when they get back.

“Absolute muppet,” Inglis wrote on Instagram, alongside a clown emoji, in a now-deleted post.

“You have had two years to sort this out,” the original post read.

“Two years of bragging about how good you are.

“Two years to sort out your disaster of a hospital system with your record surplus.

“Two years of separating families and destroying people’s mental states in the name of health.

“Two years, we all did what you asked of us so we could get out of this.

“And you spit in our faces and take away any hope West Aussies had of this ending.

“You are a disgrace to this state and a disgrace to this country.”

Josh Inglis teed off on social media.
Camera IconJosh Inglis teed off on social media. Credit: Instagram

Allrounder Mitch Marsh described the news as “gut-wrenching” and predicted he wouldn’t get home until July instead of February 5 as first planned.

“It’s gut-wrenching,” Marsh told SEN.

“We’ve sort of had it for a couple of years now and I certainly had my hopes up that the 5th of Feb was going to be the day that I can get home.

“We’ve said it a number of times as a group, we knew that we were going to have challenges and this is just another one for us to get over.

“There’s plenty people in Australia and around the world doing it worse than us. It’s our job now to play good cricket and put a smile on peoples’ faces and on Scorchers fans’ faces.

“We’ll get home eventually but for me it’s probably not until the middle of July now so I’m looking at a pretty long stint away.”

The Scorchers are preparing to take on two-time reigning champs Sydney Sixers in a qualifier final at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.

The winner goes straight through to the BBL final next Friday, while the loser gets a second chance on Wednesday.

The Scorchers and Sixers have been the competition’s most successful franchises, winning three title apiece and playing off in last season’s decider.

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