New Delhi: South Australia Redbacks are coming into the Champions League T20 by virtue of winning the KFC Big Bash T20 championship, where they beat New South Wales Blues in the final.
The Adelaide-based team doesn't have star players, but it's the combined efforts of each individual of the side that led them to great heights lately.
The opening combination of Daniel Harris and captain Michael Klinger have more often than not taken their side to flying starts. Both the right-handers are equally attacking players, who cart bowlers all round the ground with utter disdain. The two had an impressive stint in the last edition of the CL T20, which was held in South Africa last year.
The middle-order of Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson and Cameron Borgas carries the momentum given by the two openers. Cooper, who represented his home country the Netherlands in the 2011 World Cup, is a prolific run-getter for the Redbacks in all competition.
Ferguson has been touted as the next big thing in Aussie cricket for quite some time now. The 26-year-old is said to carry a calm head on his shoulders which helps him take the side to a challenging total more often. Borgas, too, is an extremely talented cricketer.
The all-round skills of Daniel Christian provide a good balance to the side. His medium-pace bowling of around 140 kph surprises the batsmen, while the big-hitting skills of his gives the team a finisher lower down the batting order.
In the form of Aaron O'Brien, Nathan Lyon and Adil Rashid, the Redbacks have three quality spinners. O'Brien is known for his consistency with his left-arm slow, while Lyon has been among wickets with his attacking off-spin. Rashid, the Yorkshire-born cricketer, foxes the batsman with his leg-spin.
Shaun Tait, who hurls the ball at over 150 kph most of the times, spearheads the pace attack, with Gary Putland (left-arm fast-medium), Kane Richardson (right-arm fast), Chadd Sayers (right-arm medium-fast) supporting the tall pacer.
In all, the Redbacks have a team that can challenge the best, especially when it comes to Twenty20 cricket.