Cricket Tasmania has released the following 14-man squad for their first two matches of its 2018 JLT One-Day Cup campaign, beginning next Wednesday 19 September at Riverway Stadium in Townsville against Victoria.
This squad has been picked following a tremendous pre-season from all players, coaches and support staff.
Cricket Tasmania's General Manager of High Performance, Drew Ginn, says there's palpable excitement among everyone involved.
"The many practice sessions, consistent reviews and everyone's efforts have accumulated to a point where they now get to do what they love, which is to play their best competitive cricket," said Ginn.
"It's exciting for the players, coaches and staff to finally get the season underway."
The squad is as follows:
George Bailey (c)
Head Coach: Adam Griffith
Senior Assistant Coach: Jeff Vaughan
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Matt Wilkie
Physiotherapist: Stewart Williamson
Tasmanian Tigers Men's Head Coach, Adam Griffith, says landing on the final squad led to some tough decisions.
"It was a very hard selection to get this down to a 14-man squad," said Griffith.
"We have had an excellent pre-season with every Tigers squad member being fit and available for selection, as well as plenty of individual improvements throughout the last four to five months.
"As is always the case, there have been some very unlucky players to miss out, but there is a great sign for the program that we have to make these tough decisions.
Young quick, Aaron Summers, has bolted into the squad after featuring once for the Hobart Hurricanes last summer, and could debut for the Tigers in the tournament.
Griffith says although his selection is testament to his hard work, he is still developing his game at a First Class level.
"Like the rest of the group, he will be looking to force his way into the team," said Griffith.
"He undoubtedly has pace, however we are looking to develop well-rounded cricketers who don't rely on being one dimensional.
We are looking forward to seeing what he can produce this season."
Young off-spinner Clive Rose has won himself a place in the final 14 without being a contracted player.
Griffith believes this is only the beginning for Rose, whose attitude has been outstanding all winter.
"He's been brilliant this pre-season," said Griffith.
"His commitment to the program as a non-contracted player is a great lesson and example to all Tasmanian cricketers, that you can force your way into the squad on hard work and performance.
"He is bowling as well as I have ever seen him which is very exciting, and we are looking for him to have a very good tournament."
James Faulkner will take up his place in the squad upon finishing his campaign with Lancashire in the T20 Blast over in England.
2018 JLT One-Day Cup Tasmanian Tigers Fixture:
Wednesday 19 September vs Victoria - Riverway Stadium, Townsville. 10am Start. Cricket Australia Livestream.
Saturday 22 September vs Queensland - Riverway Stadium, Townsville. 10am Start. Cricket Australia Livestream.
Tuesday 25 September vs New South Wales - North Sydney Oval, Sydney. 2pm Start. Live on Fox Sports.
Thursday 27 September vs South Australia - Bankstown Oval, Sydney. 9:30am Start. Cricket Australia Livestream.
Monday 1 October vs Western Australia - Hurstville Oval, Sydney. 9:30am Start. Cricket Australia Livestream.
2018 JLT One-Day Cup Finals Format:
October 3 - Quarter Final #1 (3rd v 6th), North Sydney Oval, Sydney. 2pm Start.
October 4 - Quarter Final #2 (4th v 5th), Drummoyne Oval, Sydney. 2pm Start.
October 6 - Semi Final #1, Drummoyne Oval, Sydney. 2pm Start.
October 7 - Semi Final #2, CitiPower Centre, Melbourne. 10:30am Start.
October 10 - Grand Final, CitiPower Centre, Melbourne. 10:30am Start.