Australia news July 6, 2012

Wicketkeeper Ben Dunk joins Tasmania

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Angry on July 6, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Dunk holds his own as a specialist batsman, but with Khawaja moving in, the situation at Queensland is competitive in either direction. Hartley has years left and Jimmy Peirson is a highly rated teenager who could be quite a formidable player when Hartley retires. Dunk needs a place where he can get the most games right now and while Tasmania might be a little tough, it's not the worst. Whatever the situation, it's a boon to Tassie, the land of Boon.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    i liked what Ben Dunk did in the shorter form of the game, he is a good pick up for tassie but as a Qlder, i preferred him there then hartley. hartley is just too slow with the bat although we have strengthened our batting lineup so perhaps we dont need a long batting lineup and we go with the best keeper which is clearly hartley. going quality over quantity now.

  • Bob on July 6, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    I thought Dunk was the next big thing for Queensland not long ago, which was reinforced further when he got the captaincy. This is odd. Traditionally the keeper has been one of the few home-grown players in the Tassie line-up, though I guess with Paine back it might stay that way anyway depending on what happens with Brad Haddin.

  • Aswin on July 6, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    So at least Hartley willl have a welldeserved chance to play one dayers for queensland

  • Andrew on July 6, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Odd sort of move in terms of succession. At Tassie, Paine (27) is only a couple of years older than Dunk. At QLD, Hartley is 29. It would be easier to imagine him moving to Tassie if Paine is the incumbent Test keeper.

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