The Tasmanian Selectors have today announced the Cascade Tasmanian Tigers team to play the West End Redbacks in the ING Cup match at Adelaide Oval on Saturday 12th February 2005.
CASCADE TASMANIAN TIGERS
Daniel MARSH (Captain)
Michael DI VENUTO (Vice-Captain)
The 12th man will be named on the morning of the match.
The Cascade Tasmanian Tigers have named an unchanged side to take on the West End Redbacks in the game that will decide their finals prospects for this season. Tasmania currently sits in second position on the ING Cup table and needs to win the match with more bonus points than Victoria to retain the second-place ranking.
Victoria is currently ranked third but can knock the Tigers from second position if it beats New South Wales and scores one more bonus point than Tasmania in the final preliminary round match at the SCG on Sunday.
Cascade Tasmanian Tigers’ Captain Ricky Ponting is unavailable for selection for the Redbacks’ encounter because of international cricket demands.
Ricky Ponting’s Manager, Sam Halverson explained: “The demands on Ricky during the international season have been very heavy and as the Australian Captain he obviously has the desire to represent his country in as many matches as possible.
“While he would like to play for his home team, this weekend is the only opportunity he has of taking a well-earned break prior to the six-week tour of New Zealand, to be followed by preparations for the demanding Ashes tour to England.”
Tasmanian Cricket Association Chief Executive David Johnston said: ”We are of course disappointed that Ricky is unavailable for selection in this match but we appreciate and support his decision.
“We are justifiably proud of Ricky and his accomplishments and while we would have liked him to play for the Tigers, we understand that his duty to the Australian Team must take precedence.
“Ricky has just completed a heavy schedule of Tests and One-Day Internationals and is one of the very few players not having a break this season. The pressure will resume in a little over a week, with Australia’s first match of the New Zealand tour on the 17th February.”