Langer staying positive

Justin Langer 7534881Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer insists he has no problems with his side being underdogs and is targeting glory at the Twenty20 Champions League (Scorchers 14/1 Outright Winners).

The Aussie outfit qualified for the sub-continental event by winning the Big Bash League Down Under and have been placed in Group A along with South Africa’s Dolphins and Indian duo Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings.

They will be joined by one of the qualifiers from the preliminary four-team event, with the top two from the group stage then advancing to the semi-finals.

Chennai (3/1) are favourites to win the whole event, with Knight Riders (4/1) next in the market as they look to take advantage of home conditions.

Perth failed to win a match at last year’s event and are not fancied to pull up any trees this year in unfamiliar conditions, but Langer remains bullish about his side’s chances of landing the spoils.

“Our goal is to go there and win the Champions League,” he said. “It’s the Australian way to look to win every game of cricket we play.”

While the Western Australia side does not look the strongest on paper, they can boast the likes of Mitch Marsh, Adam Voges, Nathan Coulter-Nile and veteran Brad Hogg.

And Langer hopes that his charges can replicate the success of their eastern state counterparts and punch above their weight this time around.

“The NSW team won it a few years ago, and that’s a good trend to follow,” he added. “We’re massive underdogs, and that’s not a bad thing to be for an Aussie.”

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