Chennai track has settled: Fleming

Chennai Super Kings coach says Chepauk wicket has started displaying familiar traits

By IPL Staff
Chennai 27 April 2012
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has a problem of plenty when it comes to choosing from a pool of fine overseas players. While his headache has increased with Albie Morkel’s return to the CSK camp, Fleming says the team will make selections based on the conditions and form of the players.

He also expressed his pleasure with the way the Chennai track has settled down to hand CSK home advantage again.

Excerpts from Fleming’s media conference ahead of CSK’s match against Kings XI Punjab:

On the selection problems with Albie Morkel’s return and Nuwan Kulasekara’s good form

We faced that problem in the last game [the washed out against the Royal Challengers Bangalore] and we retained Kulasekara, [and we are] bringing back Morkel in place of [Doug] Bollinger. We’ll have more problems when Michael Hussey and Ben Hilfenhaus come in. The selection is based on picking the right team for the right occasion and also the form of the players. The team we’re putting out has seven best Indian players and then [we’ll] see which four overseas players complement those Indian players. So, if we look at that rationale and the conditions here, it gets a bit easier.

On the Chennai wicket after the first match of the tournament and what it is like now

It wasn’t that I wasn’t happy about the pitch, I was just a bit confused. Now we all know what we can expect and how it will behave in the coming games. Now, the pitch seems to have settled down and has regained some of the characteristics that we’ve come to know in the previous two years.

On CSK’s good bowling performance in the death overs

It’s more of an off-field thing. It requires special skills to do it and we’ve got some good players who have those skills. It’s something that we focused on, not only this year but last year as well. We realised it is a very important time of the match that can win or lose you the game. We’ve allocated a lot of time to find out how to get better at it. We have a very good death bowling unit. [Dwayne] Bravo is someone who’s trained really hard at it and it’s showing.
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