New Delhi: The South Australian Redbacks have the firepower to win the cash-rich Champions League T20. Here are the players who can make the difference to the Adelaide-based side.
Daniel Harris: The 31-year old South Australian is famous for his attacking batting skills. Harris played a key role, along with skipper Michael Klinger, in helping his side winning the 2011 KFC Big Bash (Australian Twenty20 Championship). The 5 ft 9 in right-hander was the highest run-getter, with 304 runs in six innings, in the last T20 season. His overall strike rate of over 141 makes him one of the most sought after player in the shortest form of the game.
Michael Klinger: The Melbourne-born cricketer has been one of the unheralded stars of the South Australia side. The 31-year-old is not only a terrific player but also a very shrewd captain. He led the team successfully in the last edition of the Big Bash, where they beat New South Wales Blues in the final. His innings of 76 off 53 balls against Victoria was one of the top five best scores of the 2010/11 domestic T20 championship. His attacking style of play also fetched him a contract with the Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League.
Nathan Lyon: His exploits in the regional cricket last season helped him winning the Baggy Green in Australia's ongoing tour to Sri Lanka where he picked up a five-for in his maiden innings in the Galle Test. The 23-year-old South Australian was jointly the highest wicket taker with 1l wickets, along with Patrick Cummins of New South Wales. With his attacking bowling style, quite similar to Graeme Swann of England, helped in taking most wickets in his short career.
Daniel Christian: The all-round skills of the 28-year-old provide the much-needed balance to the side. It has also brought him a lucrative contract with the IPL side, the Deccan Chargers, in the 2011 season. His ability to surprise the batsmen with brisk pace has fetched him 59 wickets in 64 T20 matches. His exploits of 4/31 against Victoria was one of the top five bowling performances of the T20 competition last season. The right-hander is also capable of hitting few lusty blows lower down the batting order.
Shaun Tait: When on target, the 28-year-old is capable of smashing the stumps with his fierce pace. His toe-crushing yorkers, which he hurls at over 150 kph, have been his stock deliveries in the slam bang format of the game. He has been used very craftily, both by Klinger (his skipper of Redbacks) and Shane Warne (the Rajasthan Royals captain).