Michael, who was a consistent and stand out player in Queensland Grade cricket, made his way into the Bulls system and was upgraded to a Queensland contract last season after playing five First Class matches. The well-travelled 26-year old has Samoan and Greek Cypriot heritage and holds a European passport which has seen him play County Cricket in England for both Surrey and Kent as well as play for the Netherlands in the England One-Day competition but it is in Tasmania where he will look to blossom.
With the likes of fellow Tigers Ed Cowan, Jordan Silk, Jackson Bird, Ben Dunk and Evan Gulbis all having successful transitions into the Tigers system from other states, Michael has every reason to be grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Tasmanian set-up, a set-up that is renowned for unearthing quality cricketers and nurturing them in a well-celebrated cricket culture.
At the end of last season Michael said he was getting ready to go into full time work but a call from Tigers assistant coach Damien Wright changed his plans dramatically.
“The call from Wrighty was out of the blue but very exciting,” Michael said.
“A move south was very attractive and players have gone to the next level in this environment and I’m very happy to get the chance be part of it.
“It is a great chance to concentrate on cricket full time and I can see a lot of opportunities by coming down here.
“Tasmania do very well with their squad and work really hard, everyone seems to improve and get better. From playing against them last season you can tell the squad has a good morale and it is exciting to be part of that this year”.
Michael, who also holds personal training qualifications, will relish the chance to train full time alongside some of the biggest names in Australian cricket and believes a good pre-season will put him in good stead to try crack into a solid Tigers line-up.
The middle order batsman has already made an early impression in his new state, breaking a long standing record on the first day of the Tigers pre-season. Michael broke former Tiger Adam Griffith’s bench press record and set a new standard of 127.5kg to get his name on the honour board at the Blundstone Arena gym to set the standards high for season 2014-15.
Dom Michael made it onto the Honour Board on Day 1 of Pre-season with a new Bench Press record.