Wicketkeeper Ben Dunk joins Tasmania
Tasmania have finalised their contract list for the next year, with the former Queensland wicketkeeper Ben Dunk joining the Tigers on a one-year deal. Dunk was the final addition to Tasmania's squad, which had gradually been revealed over the past fortnight, and the local batsman Beau Webster was the last man to join the rookie list.
Dunk is the fourth interstate player the Tigers have secured, along with the batsman Aiden Blizzard from South Australia, the fast bowler Timm van der Gugten from New South Wales, and fellow fast man Andrew Fekete from Victoria. Dunk, 25, has captained the Bulls in the past but was not offered a new contract by Queensland.
His opportunities may be limited, with Tim Paine fit again and ready to resume his place behind the stumps for Tasmania, but the departure of Tom Triffitt to Western Australia meant there was a place available as the back-up gloveman. Tim Coyle, the Tasmania coach, said he was happy with the squad the Tigers had put together.
"To retain our important players from our program over the last few years, which was the absolute priority for us, was great but to then value-add to the list as we have to give us depth in both forms of the game has been an outstanding result," Coyle said.
The Tigers announced in April that they would not offer new contracts to a number of players, including Brendan Drew, Nick Kruger, Brady Jones, Jon Wells, Ben Laughlin, Ashton May, Matthew Day and Marc Simonds.
Tasmania squad George Bailey (capt), Jackson Bird, Aiden Blizzard, Luke Butterworth, Steve Cazzulino, Mark Cosgrove, Ed Cowan, Xavier Doherty (Cricket Australia contract), Alex Doolan, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Andrew Fekete, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus (CA), Matt Johnston, Jason Krejza, Adam Maher, Tim Paine, Ricky Ponting (CA), Timm van der Gugten Rookies Harry Allanby, Sam Rainbird, Jordan Silk, Beau Webster.