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Titans have a few game-changers: Gibbs

Scorchers batsman says their opponents in the opening game of CLT20 2012 are tough

The Perth Scorchers will start their Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012 campaign with a clash against local Twenty20 champions, the Titans. The Marcus North-led team comprises players like, brothers Mitchell and Shaun Marsh, Paul Collingwood, Brad Hogg and last but not the least Herschelle Gibbs. The South African born Gibbs is an experienced campaigner and with the premier Twenty20 tournament being held in his homeland, he is an asset to any team; in this case the Perth Scorchers. As they get ready to take the field against a team from South Africa, Gibbs’ knowledge of the conditions and players here will be an advantage for the Scorchers.

While speaking to the media ahead of the first game of the tournament, Gibbs said, “Probably the conditions might suit the Australians considering that there is good bounce in the wickets.”

He further added, “The wickets are a little bit slow and a little bit two-paced. Generally speaking the Australians like the ball coming on to the bat, so they should adjust quite easily and it does suit them. Durban will be a bit slow and Cape Town will be a little bit slow, so it is going to vary from venue to venue. But the Australians do enjoy coming out here and playing.”

Speaking about the Titans, the Gibbs said, “They will be playing in front of their home crowd.”

Analysing their strengths and weakness, he said, “Their bowling is probably not as strong their batting.” But he also cautioned that, “The Titans have more than enough capable players of turning games and winning them on their own. Alfonso Thomas is very much a T20 specialist and has done well over the years. And they have other good players. I think the conditions will vary and might take a bit of turn, so it is going to be quite interesting to see how we go.”   

When asked  if the his team will gain confidence from winning a practice game against defending champions Mumbai Indians, he said, “It is a bit hard to say. It was a bit of a lottery in the first couple of overs and anything could have happened but as long as the intensity was there, there was good intention. Boys went about their business nicely considering the conditions that we were faced with.”

He added, “It was good for the guys to get out there. Tomorrow is a different wicket altogether, so you just have to play by the assessing the conditions up front and then take it from there.”

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