Despite a stunning performance which took the Perth Scorchers to a famous victory a little over a week ago, a pair of quiet games have cost Lance Morris his spot in the bowling attack. Two wickets in a fearsome opening spell that led the side to a win over the Sydney Sixers on January 4 came before two wicketless efforts, one against the Thunder before the return clash with the Sixers on Sunday night. The emerging quick opened the bowling in both games but was given three overs against the Thunder and just two in the second clash against the Sixers. He was replaced in the side that comfortably defeated the Melbourne Stars in Geelong on Tuesday afternoon by Jason Behrendorff, who formed a pace attack with Matt Kelly. The Perth franchise sits comfortably on top of the ladder with just two regular season games to come before finals but the competition has been thrown into a frenzy by the growing number of COVID cases among players. The Scorchers have had three players — Nick Hobson, Colin Munro and Cameron Bancroft — miss games after positive tests while other clubs have had their squads ravaged by huge case numbers. The drama could spell the end of the Big Bash season for Sam Whiteman and put his short-form career in the balance after he is believed to have tested positive and was removed from the Sydney Thunder squad. The Bunbury batter was recruited as a late replacement for Usman Khawaja who had been drafted into the Test squad. But after scoring 25 runs from the first three games of the tournament, he was left out in favour of New South Welshman Matt Gilkes. While the Thunder did not reveal the identity of the four players who tested positive late last year, Whiteman was one of the four removed from the squad. Players have moved to a BBL hub in Melbourne, where the most of the remainder of the tournament will be played. Whiteman and Morris will return to Perth and rejoin West Australian teammates, including Bunbury’s Jayden Goodwin, when the tournament ends in late January.