CLT20: Brad Hogg tells Perth Scorchers it’s time to turn it on

Perth Scorchers veteran Brad Hogg has thrown down the challenge to his young teammates ahead of today’s must-win Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) clash against Shane Watson’s Rajasthan Royals in India.

Perth Scorchers

Perth Scorchers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Scorchers take on the Royals in Jaipur, a mammoth task that no visiting team has overcome in the past 10 matches at Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

It is a game the young Perth squad must win if it is to have any chance of progressing past the group stage, following Wednesday’s Game 2 defeat to Otago Volts at the same ground.

The Scorchers sit equal last with Highveld Lions on two points following a Game 1 washout.

Despite Wednesday’s loss, the team’s 180-run chase of an unassailable 224 total was a positive and punctuated by young Hilton Cartwright’s 68 not out.

Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hogg, a member of the Royals’ makeup in the Indian Premier League, said it was a ground that suited the Scorchers as it looked to cause one of the upsets of the tournament.

“I think if there’s a surface that suits us in India, it’s this one.

“We came here with six guys out of our original line-up and it’s given the young guys an opportunity.

“We saw a lot of positives out of the loss the other night.

“It put our young players under the pump and we walked away in a positive mood.

“Hilton had a magnificent knock and that’s what we’re looking for, is young players to step up and earn their stripes.”

The close-knit nature of the Perth team has been a noticeable trait throughout the tournament, with most players also teammates in the state system for RYOBI and Sheffield Shield formats.

Hogg, however, said the Scorchers would be coming up against their IPL equivalents.

“They have a good record and they’re probably the closest unit in any of the IPL teams,” Hogg said.

“I don’t mean to be disrespectful to any of the other IPL teams, but the other teams have your Sachin Tendulkars, your Harbhajan Singhs, your stars in Chennai.

“The Rajasthan Royals are a very level team and they’re surrounded by the likes of (Shane) Watson and (Brad) Hodge, who bat down the order.

“Then, you’ve got (Stuart) Binny and (Sanju) Samson, who’ve stepped up this year.

“They’re a formidable team and they deserve to be where they’re at.”

Cartwright said, while Wednesday’s loss was a bitter pill to swallow, it had highlighted several lessons the Scorchers needed to focus on, not least of all the one-per centres.

The 21-year-old said it had been an issue drilled into the playing group by revered coach Justin Langer.

“It’s been quite a disciplined pre-season, to get the guys doing the one-per centres right,” he said.

“As he was saying in that training session before, if you can’t do the basics under such a simple drill, you can’t execute under pressure.

“I think that (discipline) is what he’s brought to the group.

“When you have such a young group coming through, I think that’s really essential in building a foundation and then building a great team from that.”

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