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We have confidence in our batsmen: North

Scorchers skipper says top four batters will be key against KKR

Having lost their opening game, the Perth Scorchers are keen to open their account in the points table. They will be taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders who have lost both their games in the Karbonn CLT20 2012 so far. The team from Western Australia has had time to acclimatise to the conditions and prepare themselves for the clash. The runners-up in Australia’s Big Bash League, led by Marcus North, will have to fire on all cylinders as they take on the IPL 2012 champions at the at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on October 17.

Earlier today while speaking to the media after training, the Scorchers skipper said, “The main thing for us is to get our first win. In this competition, with so few names in a group, you have to win games. Obviously we didn’t get off to the best start and the reality is no matter who we are playing against tomorrow we have to win the game.”

Speaking about the opportunity to put KKR, who have lost both their games so far, out of the tournament tomorrow, he said, “Yes, the way the results have gone [that is a possibility].”

The Scorchers have been here since a couple of days and have trained diligently for the KKR game. When asked whether they have been able to get a measure of the conditions here by now, he replied, “A little bit. A few us have played here a few years ago. I am not sure how the conditions have changed but there is no doubt that they are going to be a little bit different than we have experienced in Johannesburg and Centurion. Not as much pace and bounce as we get there. I don’t think there will be too much change in our side; we have got two quality spinners that we play in all conditions. So, if it is a bit slow and low, we have got a very well-balanced side to complement these conditions.”

On their team’s performance so far, he said, “With the ball we showed great character and discipline to bring ourselves back in the game [against the Titans], otherwise we could have been chasing a bigger target. We know that in this format, and as we have seen through the competition, if you lose too many wickets at the top, you are in trouble. We are well aware of that. Our top order was excellent through the Big Bash last summer. We haven’t lost our confidence in them because of the game against the Titans.”

“We know that we are capable and we are all very confident at the moment and hope to do the job tomorrow. And we know that our top four batsmen have to make the majority of the runs if we bat first,” he concluded. 

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