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Scorchers optimistic of great showing from youngsters

Bradd Hogg and Tom Triffitt feel their youthful side is prepared for upcoming challenges

After a washed out first match in Ahmedabad, the Perth Scorchers will be taking on the in-form Otago Volts at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The Simon Katich-led team trained in Jaipur after flying in from Ahmedabad. Despite having a few new faces in their squad, the Scorchers have left no stone unturned while preparing for the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2013. They even practiced in Darwin to prepare for the conditions on offer in the subcontinent.

While addressing the media ahead of their match on September 25 against the Otago Volts, Brad Hogg and Tom Triffitt spoke about their team composition and their campaign.

Speaking about the contest on Wednesday, Hogg said, “I think it’s a very evenly-balanced game tomorrow. The New Zealand team is a very solid side and it’s got some international players in it. We’re up for the challenge, and that’s what we’re here for.”

“These youngsters have trained hard, they want to play for Australia eventually, and if they want to reach that milestone, well they’ve got to step up and learn quickly. And what better lesson than playing against international players very early on in their careers?”

The stalwart, who has represented the Rajasthan Royals is back in Jaipur, said that he was glad to return to a familiar hunting ground. “This is my second home in cricket and I have really enjoyed my time at Rajasthan Royals. They are only allowed to keep five or six overseas players and they scrubbed me out of their line-up (laughs) so I am happy to play with Perth Scorchers; that’s where I grew up, that’s where it started for me and it is great to be here at my age to be able to play for my home town or my home team in such a wonderful tournament.”

Speaking about the conditions on hand, Hogg said, “I think the Jaipur wicket is pretty similar to what we have grown up on in Perth – fast-paced and bouncy wickets, this one is skiddy. Probably the only difference between here and the WACA is the variable bounce and we are prepared for it and I am sure that our younger players are going to cope with the conditions. “

Elaborating on that point, wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt said, “Yes, we do have a young team. But I think it is great opportunity for a lot of younger guys to show rest of the world what we have got on such a big stage. The conditions are a lot different to Australia, but the trial games and practices have been excellent. So we have been looking forward to the opportunity to show what we have got and the younger guys are very excited.”

Hogg said, “Our strength is the spinners. It is a strange comment coming from a team coming from WACA.” He further added that the team’s unity is their biggest strength. Lauding the younger team members and their approach and preparation, he said, “I just think we have got a young team that has got nothing to lose and they are all here to learn. They are very well disciplined and they want to achieve great things in the future so. We are not easy to beat in this competition at the moment.”

Hogg also mentioned, “I think our batting unit is very exciting. We’ve got Liam Davis, who is a fantastic talent. I think he’s got the potential to play for Australia in the future. He’s underperformed over the last couple of years like many Australian batsmen. And down the order we’ve got some power hitters who are capable of doing some damage to opposition teams. We’re looking for one or two players to fill that void from the Big Bash, with Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile who we relied on heavily then, and we haven’t got them here. We’ve got plenty of talent here. It’s just about them having no fear when they go out in a game and showing what their full potential is.”

Triffitt added that the youngsters are learning every step of the way from the experienced campaigners in the side. While talking about ‘keeping to the various spinners in his side, he elaborated, “It’s obviously a lot more difficult ‘keeping to Hoggy because of his variations, especially if the pitch is turning a bit. I think Twenty20 cricket can throw up a few different scenarios with spinners when the batters are coming really hard.”

However, Triffitt was optimistic about his team’s ability to match up to some of the heavy weights in the tournament pound-for-pound. “All the guys were able to get some runs; Kato (Simon Katich) and (Ashton) Agar and Hilton Cartwright. We had a pre-season tour up in Darwin. I think our match practice is fine. And like I said, the way we’ve been going about our training leading up to this tournament, we couldn’t be better prepared. We are amongst the fittest sides in the competition, so that will hold us in great stead.”

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