Perth one of the closest-knit teams, says Brad Hogg

Hogg said that rather than looking at winning the CLT20, Perth was looking at the tournament as part of their growth curve. And while they intended to go all the way, they were realistic.

updated: September 25, 2013 10:24 IST
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Jaipur: For any side, to lose players of the calibre of Shaun Marsh, Mike Hussey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh and Alfonso Thomas together would be a crippling blow. That's exactly what's happened to Perth Scorchers in the Champions League Twenty20 2013, but far from looking immobilised, they are bouncing with enthusiasm.

Perth haven't had a match in the CLT20 so far, with their tie against Highveld Lions one of the two washed out in Ahmedabad on Monday (September 23). The forecast looks brighter for their next match, against Otago Volts at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday, and though they are the underdogs, the squad's spirit remains high.

"Our biggest strength is probably our unity," said Brad Hogg, the left-arm spinner. "It is one of the closest-knit teams that I have ever been involved with." Hogg is the elder statesman of the Simon Katich-led side at 42 years old, but he looked as spry as Tom Triffit, the wicketkeeper. Triffit, 22, and Hogg both emphasised that losing six players - all of whom would have been in the squad if available - might have been tough, but it opened up opportunities for the other members. In the long run, that would only be a good thing.

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