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We hope to learn quickly: Hogg

Scorchers bowler also appreciates efforts of youngsters in the team

Currently at the bottom of the Group A points table, the Perth Scorchers will be taking on table-toppers Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday evening. The relatively inexperienced Scorchers team, with their few seasoned campaigners like captain Simon Katich and Brad Hogg, will be suiting up for their third match of the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2013 with a positive mindset.

Focussed on learning the Scorchers are keen to look at the brighter side of things. “I think if there’s a surface in India that suits us, it’s this one. We came here with six players out of our original line-up, and it’s given a lot of the young guys an opportunity, as we talked about. We saw a lot of positives about the loss the other night (against the Otago Volts). We played against four or five New Zealanders that are international players and it really put our young players under the pump. We walked away from that in a positive mood.”

“We want to learn as quickly as possible and as we saw Hilton (Cartwright) played a magnificent knock. And that’s what we’re looking for, young players to step up and earn their stripes for West Australian cricket going forward,” Brad Hogg said.

Hilton Cartwright who played a valiant knock against Otago Volts is one of the new members in the side. Cartwright told the media that he enjoyed his innings. “The experience and atmosphere and knowing who you are playing as well was quite a lot to take in originally. I think we responded quite well to the pressure. Obviously we didn’t come away with a win, but we made a very good effort at attempting the huge task we had on hand.”

Reflecting on the loss in the previous match, Hogg said, “At the end of their bowling innings, we lost our way and didn’t execute what we wanted to. The boys found it a little bit rushed. On the batting front, the young guys – Ashton Turner, (Tom) Triffitt – they stepped up. They didn’t give in when we were chasing 240-odd and kept the fight till the end. That’s what we are looking for. We could have folded and been bowled out for 100, but we got a 180 on the board, and full credit to the boys.”

Speaking about the formidable Royals, Hogg, who has been part of the Jaipur team during the Indian Premier League, said, “They’ve had a good record here and they’re probably the closest unit in any of the IPL teams, and I don’t mean to be disrespectful to the other teams. The other teams have got huge stars, like yours Sachin Tendulkars, your Harbhajans, and the stars in Chennai. They are a very level team. They are surrounded by the likes of Shane Watson and Brad Hodge who bat down the order. And then you’ve got Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson who have stepped up this year. They are a formidable team and they deserve to be where they’re at.”

“They’ve obviously had a very good record out here. But as much as you can say how well they have done here, it comes down to every game and its moments. You can always have a great history, but there’s always that chance that someone will overcome them and beat them, so that’s what we’re going to strive to achieve. They’re very good out here, so it will be hard, but I think we’ve definitely got a team that can beat them,” Hogg said.

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