Cricket: Australian Cricket 2012-2013: team in focus: PKF Tasmanian Tigers

2011-2012 season

Ryobi One-Day Cup: 2nd (Runner up)

Bupa Sheffield Shield: 2nd (Runner up)

The Tigers, certainly by table placings, were the most consistent team in 2011-2012.  With names such as Tim Paine, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus and George Bailey, who have all represented Australia, the Tigers should look to bigger and better things from both experienced players and their newer brigade.

Who to look out for:

Bowlers: James Faulkner, Jackson Bird and Luke Butterworth.  Faulkner and Bird showed just how good they were for the Melbourne Stars, while Bird eventually captured the most wickets in the 2011-2012 Bupa Sheffield Shield.  Faulkner is a wily left-arm pacer, and at 22, is just beginning to hit his straps.  Butterworth is also a handy all-rounder, providing Tasmania with plenty of options in the bowling stocks.

Batters: Mark Cosgrove, Ed Cowan and Evan Gulbis.  Cosgrove is extremely talented, and only his athleticism has let him down.  He is capable of scoring mountains of runs, and if he can work on both his form and keeping reasonably fit, expect him to be a regular.  Cowan had a handful of opportunities in the Australian team last summer, but his slightly cautious manner will probably stop him from being more than a reserve batsman.  Gulbis, while not scoring runs last season (due to limited opportunities), if he gets opportunities, he should become one of the new Tigers standouts.

Possible low’s: Jason Krezja.  While a very good attacking spin bowler, Krezja has been overlooked since his Test series in India in 2008.  If he can deliver consistent wickets, then hopefully the Australian selectors will tout him as a possible spin bowler.

Bupa Sheffield Shield: 3rd

Ryobi One Day Cup: 1st

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