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Pace is our strength: Nevill

Sixers’ opener says they are confident going into the semis

Having won all their games in the run-up to the semi-finals of the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012, the Sydney Sixers have topped the Group B table and emerged as the team to look out for in the semi-finals. Their pace attack comprising the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Moises Henriques has given them an edge over the rest of the teams. On the batting front they have the likes of skipper Brad Haddin, Michael Lumb and Steve Smith, while Peter Nevill has replaced Shane Watson who has left for national duty. Although the 27-year-old scored only five runs in his first match, he has been known to make valuable contributions with bat for the Sixers.

Speaking to clt20.com ahead of their training session at the Wanderers, Nevill said that the four back-to-back wins have given a boost to the Sixers’ confidence and they look forward to taking on the Titans in their own backyard. 

Excerpts from his brief interview

On their run to the semi-final

I think everyone is feeling really good. It’s been a good run for us so far winning all four of our group matches. So we have fair bit of confidence that we can take it into the semi-final against the Titans.

On their pace attack

It is a real strength of ours. Our pace trio, [Mitchell] Starc, [Josh] Hazelwood and [Pat] Cummins, that is a very big plus for us and they bowled really well the other night. They have bowled really well the whole tournament so hopefully they can perform well for us in the semi-final as well.

On the Sixers’ batting performance

Everybody has been contributed at some point which is a really positive thing. Obviously it would be great to have the batting of Shane Watson but unfortunately we don’t have access to one of the best players. But it is still going to be a very good challenge for the batting group and I reckon that it is challenge that we are up to.

On their game plans in the absence of Shane Watson

There won’t be any change in game plan. Everybody knows their role and we will continue to play our roles whether Shane’s here or not. So, I don’t think that is going to be an issue.

On his role in the side

I do whatever Brad [Haddin] tells me to do; I am happy to do that.

On what has Brad told him

[Laughs] I will keep that that between Brad and me.

On playing against the Titans on their home ground

We are expecting a big crowd as well. I imagine they will get a lot of support there. It will be great. It will be good to have a nice loud atmosphere to play in and play in front of quality people. So it will be fun.

On batting in South Africa

The conditions are quite similar to what we find in Australia so there are not many changes that the guys needed to make.

On the platform that CLT20 offers

It is a great experience for the guys that are traditionally domestic cricketers to be able to play on almost an international stage. The coverage of the CLT20 gets and the quality of players you play against, it’s a fantastic opportunity for domestic players to be able to do that. 

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