Dighton dropped for Pura Cup match January 19, 2008

Tasmania recall Dawson after two-year absence

Cricinfo staff

David Dawson finds himself back in favour with the selectors © Getty Images

Michael Dighton has been dumped from Tasmania's Pura Cup side as the Tigers search for a way out of second-last spot. David Dawson, who has not played a state match since 2005-06, has been recalled to the top of the order.

Tasmania, the defending champions, have only won one match this season and they have decided to shake up their regular opening partnership for the bottom-of-the-table clash against Queensland starting on Monday at the Gabba. Michael Di Venuto, who announced during the week that this would be his final summer with Tasmania, is set to partner Dawson.

Dighton has averaged 20.50 from his six matches this campaign and has had the least productive season of all Tasmania's specialist batsmen. Dawson was a standout in the Tasmania Second XI side this week, scoring 105 and 53 against the Western Australia Second XI in Hobart.

Tasmania squad Michael Di Venuto, David Dawson, Travis Birt, George Bailey, Daniel Marsh (capt), Dane Anderson, Tim Paine (wk), Luke Butterworth, Jason Krejza, Brett Geeves, Chris Duval, Ben Hilfenhaus.