Kolkata: Having lost out in the semi-finals last year, South Australia Redbacks are banking largely on Shaun Tait's scorching pace in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 which starts on Monday.

The Redbacks will kick-start their campaign on September 25 at the Eden Gardens here in their group B encounter against the Warriors of South Africa who eliminated during the last edition.

Coach Darren Berry, who arrived with a 16-member squad, was confident that the team's pre-season had been solid and he expected the team to progress deep into the tournament.

"Our preparation has been outstanding, we have had every opportunity to prepare, but there are some really good sides in this competition," Berry said.

The Redbacks beat New South Wales in February to win Big Bash Twenty20 in the Australia domestic season.

"The players expectation, and my expectation, is that we are going there to win," the coach said.

Also a director of coaching with the Rajasthan Royals in IPL, Berry said the tearaway pacer Tait will be a key to their success.

"We are happy to have Tait in the side. Tait along with Lasith Malinga and Dale Steyn are three men with x-factor in world pace bowling at the moment. We expect him (Tait) to do well in Indian conditions."

Adapting to the Indian conditions will be the key, he said.

"We have got good spinners and pacers. Five of us have got experience in IPL. Our players can adapt well to the conditions here," Berry said.

(Agencies)