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Victoria Bushragers: the gamechangers


Nitin Chouhan,Cricketnext.com
Sep 01, 2010 at 05:07pm IST

New Delhi: The Victoria Bushrangers are a compact T20 side who know what it takes to win at the top-most level. Here's a quick glance at who we think will be the gamechangers for them in this edition of the Champions League.

David Hussey: The 33-year-old batsman has been phenomenal for Victoria over the years, and he would try to replicate the same success while leading his side in the Champions League. The right-handed batsman generates tremendous power whenever he hits the ball in the cover region. He is equally equipped with aerial shots, hitting them a long way. Like other Australian players, his never say die attitude had taken his side to victory path on numerous occasions. He is more than a handy off-spinner too and will have a job in his hands as Cameron White - team's regular captain and also a decent leg break bowler - will not be available for the side.

Aaron Finch: Though, he has played only few matches for his state side so far, but the left-handed batsman is already very popular with his teammates. His ability to strike the ball with immense power has earned him laurels as he scored most runs for his side in the Big Bash this season. The 23-year-old also represented Rajasthan Royals in the IPL recently, but he could only play a single game. The solidly-built batsman will be eager to demonstrate his skills at a bigger stage - the Champions League.

Victoria Bushragers: the gamechangers

Aaron Finch's ability to strike the ball with immense power has earned him laurels.

John Hastings: The player has so far impressed everyone with his all-rounder skills in the domestic arena. He ended up with the highest number of wickets (10 in seven matches) in this season's Big Bash and was also the leading wicket taker for Victoria in both Sheffield Shield and Ford Rangers Cup. The tall right hander is also capable of sending the ball well into stands.

Brad Hodge: With tons of experience behind his back, the right-handed batsman could well serve the role of a sheet anchor (though only for a brief period) before opening his hands and can stay at the wicket till the end to ensure his side reach a respectable total. Being a senior pro of the side, the young players will look up to him for guidance and setting examples.

Dirk Nannes: With 120 wickets in all T20 competitions so far, Nannes has been brilliant for every side he has played with. The 34-year-old Victorian has the ability to surprise batsmen with the pace and bounce he generates from the deck. If he gets the proper support from his fellow bowlers - Peter Siddle, Clint McKay, Shane Harwood and John Hastings - he is capable to provide the early breakthroughs his side will be needed to challenge some of the best players in the tournament.

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