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Oz T20 sides say South African pitches will 'suit them better' than Indian counterparts

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sat, Oct 13, 2012 08:30 hrs

Australia's Champions League T20 representatives Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers are happy that conditions in South Africa are very similar to the ones at home.

The 2011-12 Big Bash-winning Sixers and runner-up Perth Scorchers are in separate groups of the ten-team tournament in which the winner will get 2.5 million dollars.

Sydney have been drawn alongside IPL sides Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, the 2010 and 2011 Champions League winners respectively, South Africa's Highveld Lions and English county Yorkshire.

Perth's group opponents are IPL franchises Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders, South Africa's Titans and New Zealand's Auckland Aces.

"Conditions over here are very similar to Australian conditions. There's no doubt that it will be easier for us to adapt to playing in this format over here than it would be in India, where the conditions are vastly different to what we experience back in Australia," said Scorchers captain Marcus North.

The Sixers, who start their campaign against Chennai in Johannesburg on Sunday, also feel the South African pitches will prove more beneficial to them than playing on the traditionally slower Indian decks.

Even without Lee and Bollinger, the Sixers are ready to unleash their pace battery including Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and star all-rounder Shane Watson.

"Our big aim is to really get stuck into the Indian batters, I'm not sure all of them like it up around their ears," Sixers' star Steve Smith told AAP.

The Scorchers possess a veteran batting lineup featuring several internationals including, North, Shaun Marsh and Simon Katich, South African Herschelle Gibbs and Englishman Paul Collingwood plus chinaman bowler Brad Hogg. (ANI)



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