Kolkata Knight Riders v South Australia, CLT20 2011, Hyderabad September 26, 2011

South Australia to persist with three spinners

Though South Australia Redbacks' three spinners conceded 69 runs for no wicket in eight overs against the Warriors, they are planning to play the same combination against Kolkata Knight Riders.

"The three spinners have worked very well for us over the last two years," batsman Callum Ferguson said. "I don't see that being any different coming up on Tuesday or for the rest of the tournament. We are very confident about the strategy and we think that it will bring success."

Spinners Nathan Lyon, Adil Rashid and Aaron O'Brien played a major part in South Australia's victorious Big Bash campaign in February, taking 29 wickets in seven games at under seven runs an over. However, insisting on including all of them could backfire against a side like Kolkata Knight Riders, with fine players of spin in Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan.

In the game against the Warriors, South Australia's plight was compounded by the fact that there wasn't any control from the other end, with an erratic Shaun Tait going for 53 in his four overs. It was left to Daniel Christian and Daniel Harris to somehow keep the Warriors from exploding with 4 for 47 from eight overs of tight medium-pace.

It might be too much to expect the two Daniels to perform the holding role again, but Ferguson maintained that South Australia had things covered. "Our attack has good all-round capability. Dan Christian fills that [holding seamer's] role very well. Dan Harris did a very good job containing yesterday as well. While they may not be express, we think that Christian has got enough pace."

Another worrying aspect for South Australia was the way their batsmen approached the chase of 172 against the Warriors. Only two of the top seven managed to strike at above 100 and Ferguson was hopeful of a more purposeful approach against the Knight Riders. "We didn't think that our guys got out to outrageous shots. When you lose early wickets, it makes it difficult to rebuild the momentum straight away on a slow pitch.

"Coming up on Tuesday, we are looking to be a bit braver with how we go about it. We are going to go out and play like we normally do. We are confident that our results over the last two years have shown that this does not happen to us very often and it was just a one-off.

"We are a better side than we showed last night. We are very confident we will turn it around against KKR."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Uday on September 27, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    What a change, now a days teams are playing 2-3 spinners regularly. Gone are the days when spinners were believed as misfit for T20.

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    This match is the best bet for KKR to win.. Let see if Lee gets among wickets.

  • Naresh on September 27, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    It looks like T20 cricket is evolving. There is a notable change - bowling has become better. Scores are no longer very big. Bowlers have worked out that different variations in speed,turn, bounce and bowling in areas away from the stumps so that it is neither wide nor out of batting area. Some bowlers have also being successful in bowling straight and the yorkers seem to be more deadlier especially Malinga. Harbajan Singh seems to enjoy this format - has India lost its leading spinner? Only time will tell.

  • SAM on September 27, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    SA cricket is on the up, no easy games in this tournament though. Hope young Kane Richardson gets a run against KKR, was outstanding last season when given an opportunity.

  • Ben on September 26, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    I agree Viv, I've been watching them a lot more in the past few years & get used to the disappointment, albeit I have no care for this tourament nor its results (unless we win of course) thankfully these are Tait's last games for the redbacks, so we'll see how we go in BBL this year without him..

  • Basil on September 26, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    When you follow SA cricket like I do you get used to disappointment. Getting rid of Tait and bringing in some quicks that can actually bowl above a village standard might be a start.

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