'Underdogs' Perth Scorchers to shun booze for 'hard work' for Champions League success

Sydney, Sept 22 (ANI): Big Bash side Perth Scorchers is reportedly set to turn over a new leaf with their new 'hard work' recipe for success and put it into use in the Champions League T20 tournament in India after reports of their late-night drinking session during their failed campaign last year tainted Western Australian cricket.

All but three players of the 15-man squad were involved in that infamous night, an incident which cost Marcus North the state captaincy and eventually Lachlan Stevens his job as WA coach.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, however, new coach Justin Langer has implemented an attitude of hard work among the team's players and has told them to take a 'no fear' approach into the lucrative tournament, even though the Scorchers are considered underdogs to win the event this year.

The report mentioned that a host of injuries and withdrawals from players like Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alfonso Thomas and Michael Hussey means the squad is almost unrecognisable compared to that of a year ago.

However, Langer said that they have the chance to repair the Scorchers' battered reputation, adding that the incident of the past year is irrelevant to him as they have got a strong foundation despite losing six of their marquee players, adding that they have a professional advantage in their close-knit nature.

The Scorchers begin their campaign on Monday against South African champions Highveld Lions in Ahmedabad, the report added. (ANI)


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