Cricket Tasmania has made the decision to return their Tasmanian Tigers Marsh Sheffield Shield and One-Day squads to Tasmania today. This is not a decision that was taken lightly.
While the situation in Queensland hasn’t prevented the match from commencing today, a cautious and considered approach is being taken and it is our strong opinion that we are better having our players and staff home as we build a better understanding of the current landscape.
We look forward to playing the Queensland Bulls at the first opportunity. We thank Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia for their understanding and flexibility with this match postponement, and we hope that this preventative measure will, with hindsight, not have been required.
After nearly six months of anticipation, the Tasmanian Tigers are ready to kick off their 2021-22 Marsh Sheffield Shield campaign against the Queensland Bulls, with reason to believe they can improve upon last season’s results.
Led by interim head coach, Ali De Winter, there’s an air of excitement around the Tigers camp – a well-rounded batting and bowling attack has benefited from the return of Greg Shipperd to the ranks in a consulting capacity, who may just provide the key to bettering last season’s fourth place finish.
In their most recent meeting last season, Queensland secured a hard earned three wicket win off the back of stellar performances from Joe Burns (171 in the first innings) and Usman Khawaja (115* in the second innings) who will no doubt be threats once again on their home wicket.
Caleb Jewell will look to back up the stellar knock of 140 he posted in the previous fixture, while Beau Webster will hope to have similar success with the ball after taking six wickets to spearhead the quicks.
The Tigers have named 13-man squad to take on the Bulls:
De Winter has stressed the importance of taking excellent home form on the road, but the Tigers have had to make the trek without some of their key names – Tim Paine, Riley Meredith, Jackson Bird and Jake Doran are all unavailable due to injury, while Nathan Ellis is absent due to his IPL duties with the Punjab Kings.