Birt back with extra responsibility
The batsman Travis Birt has been recalled to Tasmania's Sheffield Shield squad and has also been handed the gloves for the side's FR Cup game against New South Wales on Sunday. Birt will replace Brady Jones in the limited-overs side for the fixture at North Sydney Oval while Rhett Lockyear, a late call-up for the clash with Victoria last Saturday, was a certainty to retain his place following his 111 in the defeat.
Birt's spot in the Shield team comes at the expense of the allrounder James Faulkner as the Tigers prepare to take on a star-filled New South Wales outfit at the SCG from Tuesday. Michael Clarke could be back and Brett Lee is also keen to prove his fitness in an effort to return to Test action. Jones keeps his spot in the four-day side and should continue to be the first-choice gloveman until Tim Paine's broken finger mends.
Tasmania FR Cup squad Rhett Lockyear, Michael Dighton, Ed Cowan, George Bailey (capt), Travis Birt (wk), James Faulkner, Luke Butterworth, Wade Irvine, Jason Krejza, Brendan Drew, Brett Geeves, Xavier Doherty.
Tasmania Sheffield Shield squad Ed Cowan, Jonathan Wells, Alex Doolan, George Bailey (capt), Dan Marsh, Travis Birt, Luke Butterworth, Jason Krejza, Brendan Drew, Brett Geeves, Brady Jones (wk), Tim Macdonald.