Tasmanian Tigers fast bowler Sam Rainbird says the group has moved on from the loss to Western Australia at the WACA last week.
Speaking to media at Blundstone Arena this morning, Rainbird said there was still a long way to go in the Sheffield Shield season and one loss wouldn’t de-rail the group’s confidence.
“It’s pretty hard to take, but at the end of the day it’s just the first game of the season and we have nine more to go,” he said.
“There’s 40 days of cricket in the season so we’re looking forward to the next 36.”
Rainbird was in good touch with the pink ball in Perth, claiming five wickets including the scalps of Mitchell and Shaun Marsh in the second innings.
“I had a good game personally, the ball came out nicely and it was good to get a few wickets and contribute,” he said.
“The last couple of years I’ve been in and out a little bit and so starting in the team for this season I’ll try to continue my form.”
The Tigers have named and unchanged squad for their Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland starting on Saturday in Hobart, but there is some doubt about Ben McDermott’s fitness after he split the webbing in his hand against WA.
“He’s pretty touch-and-go I think, the split webbing on his hand looked pretty bad in the game. He batted well but I think fielding may be the issue for him,” Rainbird said.
Queensland are fresh off a 110-run win over Victoria at the Gabba, with Usman Khawaja hitting a second-innings century to press his case for a spot in Australia’s Ashes side.
“They’re a very skilled outfit, especially with Renshaw and Khawaja back in that top order and they have some really good bowlers – Neser is in great form and Doggett had a great debut game last week,” Rainbird said.
“It will be a tough game but we’re looking forward to the challenge."
Tasmania's clash against Queensland will start at 10.30am on Saturday at Blundstone Arena, with entry free to the public.