Champions League T20 2011 September 17, 2011

IPL teams can be disjointed - Berry

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The fact that South Australia play together more regularly than some of the IPL teams will be an advantage for them going in to the Champions League Twenty20, their coach Darren Berry has said.

"Teams like [Royal Challengers] Bangalore, with Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Daniel Vettori and Dirk Nannes are very strong. However, we play together all year and have a great synergy. IPL teams can be full of stars but disjointed," Berry, who was formerly part of the coaching staff of IPL side Rajasthan Royals, told the Advertiser.

South Australia won the 2010-11 KFC Big Bash in Australia and were semi-finalists in the last edition of the Champions League Twenty20. They have won 15 of their last Twenty20 matches across the Big Bash and Champions League.

Berry said they would be aiming to win the tournament this time and that his side had enough backup to cover for Aiden Blizzard and Kieron Pollard, who will play for Mumbai Indians in the tournament. "We are going there [the CLT20] with the expectation that we will win it. If you go there saying you'll be okay, then that is all you will be.

"Taity [Shaun Tait] is the trump card with the pace, while Daniel Christian's played for Deccan [Chargers] in the IPL and his variety with bat and ball covers for Pollard."

Captain Michael Klinger, Berry pointed out, finished the third-highest run-scorer in last year's CLT20, while batsman Daniel Harris was named state Twenty20 player of the year in Australia. South Australia also have strong and varied spin options, who, he said, could prove handy in Indian conditions. "[Legspinner Adil] Rashid was underdone entering the Big Bash but will come straight from a county season with Yorkshire. [Left-arm spinner Aaron] O'Brien's been a standout Twenty20 bowler for us and Nathan [Lyon, an offspinner] will come from the Sri Lanka Test series."

Apart from the team combination, Berry said the research put in by the team's support staff could prove to be a big advantage. "It can be as simple research as knowing when Zaheer Khan is most likely to bowl a full toss. I pride myself on providing research as a coach."

South Australia's first assignment in this year's CLT20 will be a match in Kolkata on September 25 against the side they lost to in last year's semi-finals - Warriors from South Africa.

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  • Kumar_NJ_USA on September 19, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    @kingcobra85: At your last comment to Moazam Ali: :-)

    In regards to why in India, a good question! I think it has to do with revenues being generated by the advertising and the likes which possibly may not have come if the tournament was held elsewhere (again, my opinion)..

  • kingcobra85 on September 19, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    @Moazam Ali lol why are you commenting about a article about the tournament you are not going to watch ?

  • kingcobra85 on September 19, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    why is this always played in India :( i want the sport to get popular play in new locations please

  • Meety on September 18, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Good luck redbacks, my money is on NSW (playing T20 for the last time?) though. @jonesy2, you think Sth OZ have lost some players, NSW have lost 3 big guns to IPL sides. @ ssenthil - if players had to play for their side of origin... IPL sides would not stand a chance!!!!

  • CRICKET_NATION_INDIA on September 18, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Indian teams might have an edge but not granted and since an few hours game you need to have star luck

  • on September 18, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    what is the fun to name this tournament as champions leauge without having the team from pakistan in pakistan i ll ensure u no body is going to watch this biased tournament

  • luks on September 18, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    If he's going to pride himself on research, he should know Zaheer is injured and not playing!

  • jonesy2 on September 18, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    the only thing wrong with this tournament is that the IPL teams can claim guys like blizzard and pollard, who should be playing for the redbacks and t&t respectively. anyway SA's team is full of stars they should make a good fist of it.

  • deadite11 on September 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Everybody knows IPL teams are more fancier and stronger than any other teams.. but the other teams are more senior than the IPL teams.. CSK was a fantastic team through all 3 seasons of IPL and as well as CL. but this CL will find tough time for CSK as they will face their IPL rival MI, former CL champs NSW, the qualifier and the south african A team cape cobras. now CSK & MI will suffer a lot against these teams as these teams are ditto of National team except few changes. Moreover, CSK has very low chance of winning because its new opponent weather can hamper the results for CSK.. more whitewashes are expected..

  • Dashgar on September 18, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    IPL teams will go into this tournament with all the pressure on them. Most of the Indian stars are out of form from their England tour as well. Expect the Aussie, SA and English sides to be very strong and don't right off T&T, they have consistently been one of the best T20 sides in the world.

  • Kumar_NJ_USA on September 19, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    @kingcobra85: At your last comment to Moazam Ali: :-)

    In regards to why in India, a good question! I think it has to do with revenues being generated by the advertising and the likes which possibly may not have come if the tournament was held elsewhere (again, my opinion)..

  • kingcobra85 on September 19, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    @Moazam Ali lol why are you commenting about a article about the tournament you are not going to watch ?

  • kingcobra85 on September 19, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    why is this always played in India :( i want the sport to get popular play in new locations please

  • Meety on September 18, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Good luck redbacks, my money is on NSW (playing T20 for the last time?) though. @jonesy2, you think Sth OZ have lost some players, NSW have lost 3 big guns to IPL sides. @ ssenthil - if players had to play for their side of origin... IPL sides would not stand a chance!!!!

  • CRICKET_NATION_INDIA on September 18, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Indian teams might have an edge but not granted and since an few hours game you need to have star luck

  • on September 18, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    what is the fun to name this tournament as champions leauge without having the team from pakistan in pakistan i ll ensure u no body is going to watch this biased tournament

  • luks on September 18, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    If he's going to pride himself on research, he should know Zaheer is injured and not playing!

  • jonesy2 on September 18, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    the only thing wrong with this tournament is that the IPL teams can claim guys like blizzard and pollard, who should be playing for the redbacks and t&t respectively. anyway SA's team is full of stars they should make a good fist of it.

  • deadite11 on September 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Everybody knows IPL teams are more fancier and stronger than any other teams.. but the other teams are more senior than the IPL teams.. CSK was a fantastic team through all 3 seasons of IPL and as well as CL. but this CL will find tough time for CSK as they will face their IPL rival MI, former CL champs NSW, the qualifier and the south african A team cape cobras. now CSK & MI will suffer a lot against these teams as these teams are ditto of National team except few changes. Moreover, CSK has very low chance of winning because its new opponent weather can hamper the results for CSK.. more whitewashes are expected..

  • Dashgar on September 18, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    IPL teams will go into this tournament with all the pressure on them. Most of the Indian stars are out of form from their England tour as well. Expect the Aussie, SA and English sides to be very strong and don't right off T&T, they have consistently been one of the best T20 sides in the world.

  • on September 18, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    No other countries want to host the Champions League. I can't see it being held in Australia any time soon at least.

  • 512fm on September 17, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Don't forget the fact that the Chennai side who one last year were pretty much the same through most of the first 3 IPLs. They arre the one team in the IPL that is not disjointed, and will probably win this tournament in a canter. None of the IPL sides made the semis in the first edition of CL.

  • bigdhonifan on September 17, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    CSK all the way man!!! Dhoni, Raina, Anirudha, aswin enough said! they won!

  • surajit13 on September 17, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Though CSK are the defending champions we should not forget who lifted the trophy first time around NSW an aussie club. The tournament doesn't seem fair as 4 teams from india are participating . The tournament lacks globalization too as India hosting it 2nd time . Some other country should be hosting it this time.

  • on September 17, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Then y chennai super kings hold the title now....the reason******they are a perfect team************

  • rustyryan on September 17, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    This is wat they said last time and CSK went on to win the championship.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 17, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Well Mr. Berry has clearly forgotten that it was an IPL team that won the second Champions League in SA of all places. In Indian conditions, these IPL teams are more deadlier and destructive ALTHOUGH I wouldn't disagree that the state teams and county teams have better coordination as a whole. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if a non-IPL team lifted the trophy this year. But as one of the true cricket fans, I don't care about this tournament one bit. If club cricket was to be given REAL attention, then EVERY country HAS to be represented. No Pakistani, no Bangladeshi, no Zimbabwean clubs is not the way forward.

  • on September 17, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    to be honest this was true for the 1st edition of Clt20..where teams would play 2 matches in the 1st round and ipl teams found it difficult to cope as only one among 3 made it to the 2nd round..however because of this the tournaments structure was change and teams was spited into 2 groups giving them more matches and chance to bond..this gave the ipl teams better chance as we saw in the 2nd edition

  • ssenthil on September 17, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    However he forgot the biggest team of IPL, CSK. They were defending champion as well. In home conditions, they are as tough as any side to beat. Watch out Redbacks

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  • ssenthil on September 17, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    However he forgot the biggest team of IPL, CSK. They were defending champion as well. In home conditions, they are as tough as any side to beat. Watch out Redbacks

  • on September 17, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    to be honest this was true for the 1st edition of Clt20..where teams would play 2 matches in the 1st round and ipl teams found it difficult to cope as only one among 3 made it to the 2nd round..however because of this the tournaments structure was change and teams was spited into 2 groups giving them more matches and chance to bond..this gave the ipl teams better chance as we saw in the 2nd edition

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 17, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Well Mr. Berry has clearly forgotten that it was an IPL team that won the second Champions League in SA of all places. In Indian conditions, these IPL teams are more deadlier and destructive ALTHOUGH I wouldn't disagree that the state teams and county teams have better coordination as a whole. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if a non-IPL team lifted the trophy this year. But as one of the true cricket fans, I don't care about this tournament one bit. If club cricket was to be given REAL attention, then EVERY country HAS to be represented. No Pakistani, no Bangladeshi, no Zimbabwean clubs is not the way forward.

  • rustyryan on September 17, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    This is wat they said last time and CSK went on to win the championship.

  • on September 17, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Then y chennai super kings hold the title now....the reason******they are a perfect team************

  • surajit13 on September 17, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Though CSK are the defending champions we should not forget who lifted the trophy first time around NSW an aussie club. The tournament doesn't seem fair as 4 teams from india are participating . The tournament lacks globalization too as India hosting it 2nd time . Some other country should be hosting it this time.

  • bigdhonifan on September 17, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    CSK all the way man!!! Dhoni, Raina, Anirudha, aswin enough said! they won!

  • 512fm on September 17, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Don't forget the fact that the Chennai side who one last year were pretty much the same through most of the first 3 IPLs. They arre the one team in the IPL that is not disjointed, and will probably win this tournament in a canter. None of the IPL sides made the semis in the first edition of CL.

  • on September 18, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    No other countries want to host the Champions League. I can't see it being held in Australia any time soon at least.

  • Dashgar on September 18, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    IPL teams will go into this tournament with all the pressure on them. Most of the Indian stars are out of form from their England tour as well. Expect the Aussie, SA and English sides to be very strong and don't right off T&T, they have consistently been one of the best T20 sides in the world.