Australia news April 19, 2013

Clive Rose signs with Tasmania

Clive Rose, the left-arm spinner who made his first-class debut for Victoria in February, has joined Tasmania on a one-year contract. The Tigers have confirmed their full squad for the 2013-14 season and Rose is the only addition from interstate, while the rookies Jordan Silk and Harry Allanby have been upgraded to full contracts.

Tasmania had already confirmed that the offspinner Jason Krejza and the allrounder Matt Johnston would not be signed up for next season, while Ricky Ponting was not given a deal at his own request. After being part of the state's Sheffield Shield triumph last month, Ponting told Tasmania he was keen to play on next summer but asked them not to contract him at this stage in case he was to change his mind during the off-season.

Rose, 23, is an impressive bowler but has had scant opportunities for the Bushrangers and his appearances next summer were likely to be even more limited, with the legspinner Fawad Ahmed having joined Jon Holland as the state's two main spinners. The axing of Krejza means the Tigers have three specialist slow bowlers in their squad and all three bowl left-arm orthodox: Rose, Allanby and Xavier Doherty.

"It was something we certainly thought about before we went ahead with it but I guess we felt Clive was the next best available spinner," the new Tasmania coach Daniel Marsh told the Mercury. "We see it as really good, healthy competition, for Harry Allanby in particular. Obviously [Doherty] is our main man and we hope he plays for Australia for as long as he possibly can."

The Tigers have also added three new rookies to their list: Gabe Bell, a 17-year-old fast bowler; batsman Sean Willis, 18; and the 19-year-old fast bowler Ryan Lees, who grew up on Flinders Island.

Tasmania squad Harry Allanby, George Bailey (Cricket Australia contract), Jackson Bird, Aiden Blizzard, Luke Butterworth, Steve Cazzulino, Mark Cosgrove, Ed Cowan (CA), Xavier Doherty (CA), Alex Doolan, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner (CA), Andrew Fekete, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus (CA), Ben Laughlin, Adam Maher, Tim Paine, Clive Rose, Jordan Silk, Timm van der Gugten, Jonathan Wells. Rookies Gabe Bell, Ryan Lees, Sam Rainbird, Beau Webster, Sean Willis.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • James on April 20, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Damn, I really rate Clive. Cricket Victoria at it again. Get rid of a promising young player and bring in average players like Daniel Christian.

  • Satish on April 19, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @Meety on (April 19, 2013, 9:32 GMT) thanks mate.

  • Andrew on April 19, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    @ Thefakebook on (April 19, 2013, 9:00 GMT) - "...not sure if Tasmania or Bangladesh..." - that cracked me up - so true!!!!!

  • Satish on April 19, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Very strong side Tasie have got again.But 3 left arm slow bowler not sure if Tasmania or Bangladesh.Well JJ Krejza may be playing soon for Australia since he is without any state at the moment??

  • Pete on April 19, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    The Tasmanian squad looks pretty strong at the moment. Or the other states are decidedly threadbare... possibly both.

  • Andrew on April 19, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    @Jono Makim/Mitty2 - sometimes when you look at the spinners we have, IMO you could think that we aren't too badly placed in spite of the NSP! If they looked past Beer & Doherty @ Test level, we really do have some useful options!

  • Hamish on April 19, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    If ever anyone wante to see the incomeptence of australian management embodied, just have a look at: "ben hilfenhaus (CA)" in juxtaposition with "Jackson bird" and "Luke butterworth" without contracts. Only we would give a state's fourth best bowler a central contact.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    I hope he gets some game time, i've only sen him play T20 stuff but he looks one of the better young spinners around to me.

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