With just four games remaining in the JLT Sheffield Shield, the Tigers will be looking to move up the ladder from fifth place when they take on the Redbacks at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
The Tigers currently have two wins, one draw and three losses, but with the evenness of this year's competition taken into account the Tigers are within striking distance of a spot in the final.
Captain Matthew Wade is hopeful that they can get the momentum early and ride with it into the last few games.
“The last games we had down here against Victoria and Queensland we had opportunities to win the game, we just didn’t take them like we probably did last year, so it’ll be good opportunity to start well in Adelaide.”
With George Bailey out injured and Tim Paine rejoining the domestic ranks, it’s been speculated that the opener will move up the order as the Sheffield Shield season recommences to strengthen his claim of an Australian recall.
Wade was full of assurance when speaking with media this morning that he is always going to be doing what is best for the team.
“I’m playing as a specialist batter now, it’ll open the opportunity to play at four or five, I’m just not a hundred percent sure yet.”
“I’ll probably go up, but it just depends on how far that’ll be - I don’t want to move up the order just for my personal success.”
Wade mentioned that he is fully aware of the adjustment required to move up the order.
“It will mean taking a bit more responsibility for the team, which I am more than happy to do.”
The skipper has expressed his hopes that Tasmanian veteran George Bailey will eventually return to the shield this season.
“George is confident that he will, and that he’s a chance so it’s just fingers crossed from now.”
With Tim Paine back in the squad after returning from Australian Test duties the Tigers will be at one of their strongest yet.
Wade is happy to hand over the gloves and said that Paine will bat at six or seven.
“It depends on what makeup that we go with, if they go with a spinner then he’ll probably be at six, and if they go without a spinner he’ll probably bat at seven.”
With a break in the Shield taking place for the Big Bash, Wade hopes that it’ll give everyone the chance to reflect on what’s happened in the first half of the season and finish well.
“There’s a lot of people in the situation where they haven’t played enough cricket.”
“But there’s players like Doran who were lucky enough to come down and have a hit here, and Doolan played a little bit at the first half of the BBL, and they’ve both had a few grade games.”
Players like Tom Rogers who are coming back from time off due to injury will be important for the squad.
“He’s had a really good break and is firing again so he’ll definitely be talked about.”
Wade has also backed rookie-contracted allrounder, Jarrod Freeman, to make an impact as a spinner following his Big Bash bow in late-January.
“I think that Freeman is good to go if we select a spinner, he’s come into the BBL in front of nearly 18-19 thousand people in his first couple of games.”
“There’s no hiding now for young players so I think he’ll probably come back to Shield cricket and enjoy the relaxed environment a bit more.”
The South Australian Redbacks will be hosting the Tasmanian Tigers at Adelaide Oval from Saturday.
The match begins at 10:30am ACDT and will be on livestream at cricket.com.au.