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Anand Subramaniam in Ranchi

We can go all the way: Hopes

Brisbane Heat skipper upbeat about his team’s chances in CLT20 2013

Talks of acclimatization, a learning experience and the hunger to perform and put up a good show for the people, dominated the Brisbane Heat presser here at Ranchi. Captain James Hopes and coach Stuart Law were oozing with confidence and were sure their side would put up a good show in the Champions League T20. “We have prepared really well and have acclimatized well to the conditions out here. Our boys are ready to play and we do not want to practice too much. We want to get out there and play. We have come here with our own agenda. We are here to try and win as many games as we possibly can,” Law said.

He also said that this was an important tournament for the team as it would provide the perfect opportunity for the youngsters in the squad to play away from home under testing conditions. “We have got some experienced players in our team and we also have players who have not been to the subcontinent. It will be a learning curve for them, and from our point of view, it will be a great opportunity for them to play against some of the best in world cricket.”

Brisbane Heat has a strong pace attack with the likes of Ben Cutting and Kemar Roach who have been successful for the team in the past. When asked if the lack of an experienced spinner, other than Nathan Hauritz, was a cause of concern for the side, Hopes said, “We have got more than one spinner in our team. We have a couple of other guys who are more than capable bowlers, but our strength is our fast bowling with Roach adding a lot of firepower. But I am pretty sure that Nathan Hauritz can have a pretty big impact in the four overs that he will bowl every game. He is an experienced bowler in all levels now and we are going to look to him for a fair bit of leadership in our bowling attack.”

And when quizzed about adding the CLT20 silverware to their trophy cabinet, the captain sounded confident. “One thing I know is that if we can give ourselves a chance, we are going to go very close to winning the competition. If we put together a good week, I hope we are there or thereabouts from the final.”

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