Australia news July 5, 2012

Tasmania sign Blizzard and van der Gugten

ESPNcricinfo staff

The batsman Aiden Blizzard has moved to his third state, Tasmania, in an effort to earn more chances in first-class and one-day cricket. Blizzard, 28, and the former New South Wales fast bowler Timm van der Gugten have been signed for next summer by the Tigers, who like all states must finalise their contract lists by the end of this week.

Blizzard began his career in Victoria, where he was viewed largely as a Twenty20 specialist, and he moved to South Australia in 2010, hoping to find more opportunities in the longer formats. He grabbed his chances in his first year with the Redbacks, scoring 659 first-class runs at 34.68, but was given only three Sheffield Shield games last summer and was overlooked completely in the Ryobi Cup.

He will be joined at Tasmania by van der Gugten, 21, who played his first games for New South Wales last season and has also played ODIs and Twenty20s for the Netherlands, thanks to his Dutch passport. The Tigers have gradually announced their contracted players over the past week and will confirm their remaining players on Friday.

Western Australia and Queensland have already named their complete contract lists for next season, but Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales have kept the majority of their announcements for the end of the week.

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  • jon on July 5, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    van der Gugten can take wickets and hits the ball really far when batting too. Good pick.

  • Andrew on July 5, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Van der Gugten (finally spelt it right), - is a bit of a wicket taker - but he does go for runs as well.

  • Andrew on July 5, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @katandthat3 - LOL! That's a spray the monitor with spittle moment!

  • Damian on July 5, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    He'll probably play well there to (Blizzard), I liked his style and his fielding is great especially in one dayers. SA didnt get the best out of him. Callum Ferguson needs a great summer and he could be a great no 4 for the test side.

  • Garry on July 5, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Blizzard is a good pick up, still remember the 6 he hit into the WACA nets, one of the biggest I've seen, sure it's on youtube. Hyclass also asked to pass on that apparently you can see Hughesy's first two tons against South Africa just in case anyone missed it.

  • Randolph on July 5, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Tassie have a good habit of producing good players of late, hope they do well!

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I thnk Tasmania was strong enuf in their Pace bowling dept wit a gud mix f youth n xperience....does nt mek ne sense

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