Tasmanian Tigers Head Coach Adam Griffith says his side has prepared well as they head to Perth to take on Western Australia in Tasmania’s opening JLT Sheffield Shield fixture for the 2017-18 season.
With the first Sheffield Shield round being a day-night fixture, the Tigers have adjusted their training schedule to ensure they are prepared to face the pink ball under lights at the WACA Ground.
“Last night we had centre-wicket training under lights at Bellerive for three or four hours and the boys really embraced that,” Griffith said.
“We’ve done some extra training through the week and we’ll train tomorrow under lights in Perth.
“We’re swapping from white ball to pink ball, but I actually think that the pink ball is more like a white one compared to the red balls which we normally use, so it’s not too hard a transition from that perspective.”
Tasmania struggled in Perth during the JLT Cup, losing three one-day matches on fast, bouncy wickets.
Griffith said the playing group still has fresh memories from those games which they would apply to the four-day fixture which commences on Thursday.
“Our players came away with some really good lessons from those JLT Cup games and worked really hard on a couple of areas – the conditions over there won’t be too dissimilar to what we experienced last time,” he said.
“What we’ve done through the week is crank up the speed on the bowling machines in the indoor centre at Blundstone Arena. The concrete wickets in some ways replicate what we’ll face over there.
“From a bowling perspective we’re really focussed on bowling consistent lengths which is always a little bit fuller in Perth.”
Tasmania’s match against Western Australia stats at 5pm AEDT, with the match to be live-streamed on cricket.com.au.