Champions League T20 2011 September 17, 2011

IPL teams can be disjointed - Berry

ESPNcricinfo staff

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 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)..

  • Arulprakash 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 ?

  • Arulprakash 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

  • Andrew 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!!!!

  • SUDARSHANMURTHY 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • vivek 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!

  • Bryn 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.

  • prasad 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..

  • Tim 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.

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