Victoria news April 28, 2014

Tremain, Haberfield bolster Bushrangers

Victoria will look to Chris Tremain and Jake Haberfield as much-needed pace reinforcements as the Bushrangers hope to improve on a dire 2013-14 next summer.

Tremain, 22, has been recruited from New South Wales after Victoria also flirted with the recruitment of the allrounder Sean Abbott.

In six Sheffield Shield matches for the Blues, Tremain has bowled decently, claiming 18 wickets at 31.72 including six for the match on debut against Victoria in 2012.

"We are really excited about Tremain - he is a 22-year-old fast bowler who bowls with good pace and outswing," Victoria's state talent manager Andrew Lynch said. "He suffered from a lack of opportunities at New South Wales but we think we can give him that."

Haberfield has been granted a state contract having already played two Shield matches for the Bushrangers last season following his move from South Australia.

Capable of bowling at a slippery pace, Haberfield also has an enviable domestic limited overs record from his time with the Redbacks, and led Melbourne's club wicket-takers for 2013-14 as he spearheaded Footscray-Edgewater to the premiership.

"He had a great year and performed in the big games, taking his side to a premiership," Lynch said. "He certainly wasn't out of his depth in his two matches with the state side and was probably unlucky not to have played more."

After more than a decade of consistent success, Victoria hit the wall last summer, the change of captaincy from Cameron White to Matthew Wade not translating into strong results for the team even though it allowed White to enjoy his most productive season in some years and return to Australia's Twenty20 side.

The Bushrangers have also lost their long-term assistant Simon Helmot as he expands his freelance T20 coaching portfolio, leaving the experienced mentor Greg Shipperd to wring new life from a squad that struggled for traction across the summer, even as the state provided a solid contribution to the national team.

A transition of eras has been emphasised by David Hussey's retention in a player-coach capacity, where he will captain the state's Futures League team while also mentoring the batsmen in the squad.

Victoria squad: Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Dan Christian, Aaron Finch (CA), Peter Handscomb, Jake Haberfield, John Hastings, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Alex Keath, Glenn Maxwell (CA), Clint McKay, James Muirhead, James Pattinson (CA), Rob Quiney, Jake Reed, Chris Rogers (CA), Peter Siddle (CA), Ryan Sidebottom, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Cameron White. Rookies: Ben Ashkenazi, Aaron Ayre, Louis Cameron, Guy Walker, Matt Short, Seb Gotch

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Richard on May 4, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    As usual, NSW propping up interstate cricket.

  • Scott on April 30, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Happy to get Tremain, the kid looks a likely type and will bolster our bowling. However, I agree that our batting looks thin, though that may be offset if Maxwell continues to bat well, while Bobby Quiney and especially Aaron Finch get their red ball game together, though in the longer form, I don't think Finch should be opening. If not, then Alex Keath really needs to put his hand up with some solid district performances, where he has been seriously inconsistent.

    Assuming the usual suspects are unavailable through international duties (Rogers, Siddle, Pattinson) Shield XI: Stoinis, Quiney, White, Finch, Handscomb, Maxwell, *+Wade, Hastings, Boland, Muirhead, Haberfield

    OD XI: Finch, White, Quiney, *+Wade, Handscomb, Maxwell, Christian, Hastings, McKay, Holland, Tremain,

  • Peter on April 29, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Tremain is a "nice type" as Jack dyer used to say. RIP Jack. The VICs should dispense with the Ahmed experiment and go with youth

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    If Finch can get his head around what is required in the long version it would be very nice.

  • rob on April 28, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @ Jono : I wouldn't rule it out either. Maxwell in the UAE that is. He seems to like those pitches and his offies could be a handy option. I think if Watto slips up or gets injured they would seriously consider Maxi at 6. I think his head is in the same place Warner's was about 2 years ago (all over the place) but he could turn out OK as well. .. I'd have no problem paying to see a Test side with Warner, Clarke and Maxwell all batting well. It would be entertaining for the fans at the ground.

    re the Vics. I reckon Wade should give away the gloves and see if he can play as a pure batsman. Handscombe can keep or so I heard. Wade doesn't seem to be getting any better with his keeping. I'm not sure if he's good enough to bat in the top 4 but it's the only way forward for Matty I'd say.

  • Brendan on April 28, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Quiney, Stoinis, White, Wade, Maxwell, Handscomb, Christian, Hastings, Siddle, Muirhead, Tremain. Team for Shield, with Rogers and Pattinson playing for Aus.

    Quiney, White, Maxwell, Christian, Wade, Stoinis, Keath, Hastings, Mckay, Holland, Haberfield. Team for Ryobi, again without Rogers (???) and Pattinson.

  • Matt on April 28, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    The Big Show pushing for a Test place? Maybe when he's finally matured enough not to throw his wicket away when chasing (cf. Pakistan in their first match in the World T20). He has A LOT more maturing to do yet; he's young and inexperienced. Yes, in his last 3 or 4 Shield innings he has blasted his way to decent totals overall, but there's no way that he should ever even dream of cracking the Test side for at least another 2 to 3 years. Ok, ok, I admit; I'm not a Glenn Maxwell fan. Yes, he's talented. But man is he overrated! (Disclaimer: He's not overrated in T20s, just in the other forms of the game).

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    You'd wonder where it's all going wrong for the Vics when you look at their squad, but then again I guess the likes of Siddle, Patto, Rogers and McKay are unavailable for large parts of the summer. Batting looks a bit thin, they really need someone of consistent quality to come through and I guess with Rogers stepping up to the test team last year they really felt his absence the most keenly. The top four in particular looks very thin. White and Hussey have been a real let down for several seasons, just too patchy for guys that should be leading the batting. Looking forward to the Big Show pushing for a test spot, that's if he's not already in the team to play against Pakistan, which I wouldn't bet against.

    Rogers, ???, Quiney, White, Wade, Maxwell, Christian, Pattinson, Siddle, Holland, Muirhead. Doesn't look to bad, but again, the top looks poor when you take out Rogers for the large part of the season.

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