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Gibbs’ knowledge of SA will help: North

Scorchers captain says having the former Protea in their ranks is advantageous

The conditions in South Africa have been daunting for some and require some getting used to. However, the Perth Scorchers, led by Marcus North, find them to their advantage. While speaking to clt20.com the Scorchers captain said that the conditions are similar to their home ground, WACA, and that their bowlers would find them in their favour.

The team from Western Australia has been practicing at the Centurion since their arrival for the premier Twenty20 competition and they won their practice game against the Mumbai Indians ahead of the their opening clash. Gaining confidence from the win, though not overconfident of their success, the Perth Scorchers are ready to take on the Titans on October 13 in the inaugural game of the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012 at the Supersport Park.

Ahead of the match, North talked about the team’s confidence, preparation and the advantages of having a senior cricketer like Herschelle Gibbs in the team.

Excerpts from his interview: 

On gaining confidence from their win against the Mumbai Indians in the practice game  

There is no doubt that we have got a bit of confidence from it. The reality was that it was a practice game, so I think that both the teams are looking to get same things out of the game for themselves and am sure that Mumbai did that and we certainly did, and we were just on the right side of the result.

On their preparations

The preparation has been really good. This was our first day out on the centre wicket. We have been here since Saturday so we have had some good weather, which has been good. We have been training at Centurion a number of times, which is where we will be playing our first game tomorrow. So, as far as preparation goes we have just finished off a really good week. All the guys are just ready to get to the real competition now.

On whether having veteran South African player Herschelle Gibbs in the side helps in understanding the conditions better

This guy is legend of South African cricket and the cricket world. He has played a lot of cricket in South Africa, so he knows the conditions and the players very well. It is certainly an advantage to have him, not just for his batting and fielding but also his knowledge around South Africa is certainly going to help.

On the bounce in the pitches and how their bowlers are working to use that to their advantage

The advantage is that our home ground back in Australia is the WACA, so a bit of pace and bounce is what we are used to. So throughout the tournament, us batters are going to have to adapt to that pace and bounce, but also the advantage is that our bowlers are going to bowl on those wickets. So hopefully, we can make most of those conditions being similar to what we are used to back home.

On any specific plans for the Titans

No, not really. Every game that you play in this competition is going to be very tough. You are competing against the best domestic teams in the world here, so there are no easy games. We will do our planning and hope to execute our plans well and get the right result tomorrow. To get off to a winning start would be nice.

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