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SA conditions will suit us: Scorchers coach

Coach Stevens, captain North feel WACA-like pace and bounce will assist them

If not for the ghastly Mumbai bomb blasts in 2008, Perth Scorchers would’ve made their CLT20 debut in the league’s very first season, as the Western Warriors. However, the cancellation of the tournament meant they had to wait until they reached the final of KFC Twenty20 Big Bash again.

That wait has come to an end this year. The Perth Scorchers are all set to stake a claim on the biggest T20 league trophy, held in South Africa.

Scorchers’ captain Marcus North recalled the 2008 tragedy during a press conference ahead of CLT20 2012, saying, “It wasn’t great timing. The Mumbai attacks were very devastating and that meant the tournament couldn’t go ahead. Some of the guys were there at that time as well. It’s nice to finally be here and be part of the tournament.”

Now that they are here, the Scorchers are ready to make the most of it. The captain revealed the excitement in his camp, saying, “The guys are pretty excited to be playing in an international tournament like this featuring the best T20 sides from all over the world. To be part of something like this is very special. It’s a great incentive if there is USD 2,500,000 to win at the end of the tournament.”

North was happy with the preparation that the team has had and assured the players are well into their rhythm. “We’ve had great weather back home. We started our domestic campaign – we had two Sheffield Shield four-day matches and a couple of one-dayers. We’ve got guys playing in the county cricket, so there hasn’t been any lack of cricket. We’ve been trying and working hard for a number of months now.

“Here too, we’ve got a week to prepare. Our first game is on next Saturday, so we’ll hit the ground running and I’m pretty sure that it will matter when it comes down to the later stage of the tournament,” the skipper said.

Scorchers coach Lachlan Stevens too echoed the captain’s words and added the conditions in South Africa will assist them. “The conditions here will be more favourable to us having played a lot at the WACA. We’ll enjoy the pace and bounce here that we have back home.”

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