Tactics for Tasmania’s Chances of Success
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Mon Sep 27 2021
Tactics of Tasmania’s chances of success, the two biggest moves up the coaching ranks, with Jeff Vaughan leaving Tasmania as assistant coach with the Australia men’s team.
Jeff Vaughan had been Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield coach for the last two seasons, when head coach Adam Griffith stepped down from red-ball coaching duties to spread the load and focus on the Hobart Hurricanes Programme.
Griffith remains an important part of the Tigers’ coaching set-up, but his IPL commitments with Royal Challengers Bangalore have meant that Ali de Winter has been drafted in as intermediate Shield coach and Greg Sheppard as a coaching consultant. Tasmania has returned.
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Alex Doolan has retired and there were some jobs among the rookies with aspiring spinner Nivethan Radhakrishnan and former WA all-rounder Brad Hope joining the squad.
Tom Andrews, Gabe Bell, Jackson Bird, Ian Carlisle, Jake Doran, N. Ellis, Jarrod Freeman(R), Brad Hope(R), Caleb Jewell, B. McDermott, Riley Meredith, L. Neal-Smith, Mitch Owen(R), Tim Paine (CA), N. Radhakrishnan (R), Sam Rainbird, Peter Siddle, Jordan Silk, Mac Wright, Matthew W., Charlie Wakim, Tim Ward, Beau Webster.
Tasmania finished the Shield season exceptionally well with two supreme victories against New South Wales and Western Australia. But they failed to win their first six matches and twice dominated Queensland and New South Wales. Lost, with the Blues making 175—the Bulls chased 310 on the last day in Hobart to take a first-innings lead.
Tasmania’s new-ball attack was excellent throughout the year in the first innings. He bowled out NSW for 64 and 32 in two different expectations.
Jackson Bird led with 35 wickets at 22.17 and Peter Siddle was an excellent recruiting proof. The batting issues had more to do with the ineligibility to convert starts rather than any major downfall.
McDermott and Matthews scored nine half-centuries between them in only 15 combined innings, but no three-figure score, while none of Tasmania’s six centuries exceeded 140, which was well below the other teams’ production. Especially on flats. Early season pitches at the Adelaide Hub.
In the Marsh Cup, he also had moderate finishes with two wins out of five matches. He was desperate to score more than 260 in any match. With 77 being Jordan Silk’s highest individual score for the season.
Riley Meredith remains a player to watch over his accomplished set as one of Australia’s fastest bowlers. He opted out of the second half of the IPL after suffering a side injury during Australia’s fixed-overs tour of the Caribbean.
He has continued to improve his run-up and action with Griffith to help his continuum and there is an expectation among Tasmania’s hierarchy that he will be even better at both white and red ball cricket this season.
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Nathan Ellis is on the verge of becoming an integral part of Australia’s T20 squad going forward and could be considered in the 50-over squad as Australia look to enhance their bowling options for the next few limited overs World Cups. Meredith will also be a player of interest to the Australia selectors.
Ben McDermott found plenty of opportunities in West Indies and Bangladesh but failed to cement his place in the T20 World Cup, albeit with some weak personal conditions.
The prolongation of home games will give him an opportunity to put his name back before the selectors if he can convert consecutive half-centuries from last summer into big three-figure scores.
Matthew Wade is in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad but he has meaningfully admitted that it could be one of his last assignments for Australia after losing his Test spot late last summer.
Tim Paine has been under a lot of fitness cloud after neck surgery and he is expected to be sidelined until November, but hopes to be fit to face England.