Australia news April 13, 2016

Legspinner Cameron Boyce joins Tasmania

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Cameron Boyce played only one Sheffield Shield game in 2015-16 © Getty Images

Legspinner Cameron Boyce has moved from Queensland to Tasmania, signing with the Tigers for the 2016-17 season. Boyce, who has played for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL for the past three seasons and played in Australia's T20 side this summer, has completed the move south after being chosen for only one Sheffield Shield match for the Bulls in 2015-16.

He will be joined in the move to Tasmania by allrounder Simon Milenko, who made his debut for Queensland in 2014-15 but did not play a Shield match last summer. Tasmania have also handed contracts to Cameron Stevenson, Jake Hancock and Andrew Perrin, all of whom have made the move from Victoria's premier cricket in the hope of making their state debuts.

Local fast bowler Cameron Wheatley has earned a state contract, while new rookies include Mac Wright, who has joined from the ACT, and local allrounder Corey Murfet.

After a disappointing season in which the Tigers finished last in the Shield the selectors have cut several players. Allrounder Evan Gulbis, who won the Ricky Ponting Medal as Tasmania's best player in 2013-14, has lost his contract after a summer in which he claimed eight wickets at 50.25 in the Shield.

Wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt was also delisted despite playing eight of the state's ten Shield matches for the season, while spinner Clive Rose and batsman Sean Willis were also axed. The Tigers have also lost allrounder Luke Butterworth and fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus to retirement.

"We have some very new faces added to our list but also some familiar faces who have been a part of the Hobart Hurricanes squad and the Tasmanian cricket system," Cricket Tasmania general manager Andrew Dykes said.

"While there is plenty of youth, with Tassie having the third youngest playing list behind South Australia and Western Australia, we are confident we have signed a strong Tasmanian team full of new signings and some very positive re-signings."

Tasmania squad George Bailey (CA contract), Jackson Bird, Cameron Boyce, Xavier Doherty, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner (CA), Andrew Fekete, Jake Hancock, Hamish Kingston, Ben McDermott, Dom Michael, Simon Milenko, Tim Paine, Andrew Perrin, Sam Rainbird, Jordan Silk, Cameron Stevenson, Beau Webster, Cameron Wheatley.
Rookies Gabe Bell, Caleb Jewell, Ryan Lees, Riley Meredith, Corey Murfet, Mac Wright.

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  • Mustansir on April 17, 2016, 7:15 GMT

    Agar is worst ever spinner in australia, please don't degrade dan vettori by comparing him with agar.

  • Craig on April 15, 2016, 3:16 GMT

    @IZZIDOLE. All rather confusing not playing him in the Indian series and then picking him for the WC. He did play 7 shield games and bowled 220 overs so he was not all that unfresh. Like I say Agar is a work in progress as a bowler. We may be forgetting he is still only 22 ..very young for an all rounder. He has years of maturing still to do. He is on the improve in my view. His economy is now very tidy. He just needs to improve his strike rate. Who does his action remind you of? Give you a clue. He wore specs. Is now retired.

  • Craig on April 15, 2016, 3:05 GMT

    @IZZIDOLE. All rather confusing not playing him in the Indian series and then plucking him out of obscurity for the WC. Like I say Agar as a bowler is a work in progress. His economy is very tidy. He just needs to improve his strike rate. Whenever I see him bowl it reminds of the great Kiwi tweaker Dan Vettori.

  • Izmi on April 14, 2016, 11:30 GMT

    Baggygreenmania: I didn't mean to crucify Ashton Agar I only said that he wasn't quite ready. If the selectors had in their mind to select him he should have atleast played in the series against India prior to the T20 cricket world cup. He played as a batsman the whole season for Western Australia and the BBL than as a bowler. After his fine debut in the first test against England in the ashes in 2013 just missing out scoring a century he was dumped from the team and suddenly makes his appearance out of the blue for the T20 world cup. He is still young and has plenty of potential and it takes only one fine performance to get there.

  • Craig on April 14, 2016, 4:50 GMT

    So here we have a state with a small player pool compared with other states. So what do they do to a promising home grown player, a former national youth rep and a CA scholarship holder in Sean Willis..they show him the door. He was not even given one first class game. I watched this kid's progress closely after seeing him a couple of years ago in U19. He impressed then and later in CA X1 matches as well as Tassie Seconds matches. I thought it was only a matter of time before he played Shield cricket. Surely before being dumped you should be at least given a fair chance to prove yourself at the highest state level. This to me is not "exercising a good development program" @BigDog.

  • Craig on April 14, 2016, 4:21 GMT

    @IZZIDOLE I rate Ashton Agar. Reckon he will be one of our best ever slow bowling all rounders . Unfair to crucify the man on one bad performance in India. Smithy should never have bowled him. Could he not see he was nervous. He earned his WC gig on the back of his performance on the Aussie A tour last year. For your information Agar played plenty of shield this season. He also bowled very well. Is a work in progress imho.

  • Craig on April 14, 2016, 4:14 GMT

    Seems I hit a nerve with my post. Hey Tassie people I meant no offence. My comments were aimed at bettering Tassie cricket not denigating it. Sorry to misinform re Triffit and Wells. Wells promised so much. Triffit a former youth international has been treated shabbily. Too right Tassie punches well above her weight. I would rather see more home grown blokes doing the punching that is all.

  • Izmi on April 13, 2016, 23:50 GMT

    I reckon it is not worth trying to be a spinner in Australian cricket since you don't get much encouragement at national level from the selectors who are more addicted to speed than spin. Where spin bowling is concerned they seem to be clueless. The selection of Agar for the T20 world cup was a very poor choice when he had hardly bowled in shield cricket or the "Big Bash" which may have cost Australia the T20 world cup. His only over in the world cup conceding 18 runs against the Kiwis in the opening game derailed Australia's chances the whole tournament. Though Agar is highly talented he wasn't quite ready for the job which may have done lots of harm than good for his future. Boyce who showed so much promise before the tournament against India was suddenly dropped like a hot potato while Lyon the regular spinner was not even considered. O'Keefe who has been the leading spinner in domestic cricket seems to be in the bad books of the selectors and is never given a chance.

  • Terry on April 13, 2016, 12:45 GMT

    It will be good hopefully to see Swepson (Qld), Boyce (Tas) & Zampa (SA) all in action in the Shield fighting out to be Aust's next Test legspinner. Triffit was let go by WA .... has he changed? Hopefully the tough first Shield season that Jake Doran had will be a good learning experience and the second is better.

  • wayne on April 13, 2016, 12:15 GMT

    To add my 2 cents to the home-grown talent debate, most a few of Tassie's recent international players have been Tasmanian born and raised: Ricky Ponting, Ben Hilfenhaus, Tim Paine, James Faulkner, George Bailey, Xavier Doherty, Alex Doolan. The talent levels vary, but I feel like the golden era of Tassie cricket was driven by a great culture of local talent, interstate imports, strong grade-level cricket and great leadership from Tim Coyle (probably the biggest single part of this), Dan Marsh and George Bailey. It was a highly successful system and as Downtheorder says, Tassie has really developed those imports and punched well above it's weight in the last decade or so. And if you perform at grade-level cricket, no matter whether you were born in Tasmania or not, you get your chance.

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