Allrounder James Faulkner has been released from Test duties and been rushed into Tasmania’s side to play South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match starting Friday.
Faulkner was named Australia’s 12th man for the first Test against England at the Gabba, but national selectors released him to the Tigers in a bid to retain form.
The left-armer will bolster a Tasmanian bowling attack under pressure to perform against the Redbacks in the Adelaide Oval encounter.
Tigers coach Dan Marsh has put heat on his bowlers following last week’s loss to Victoria.
“We simply didn’t take enough wickets against Victoria,” Marsh said.
“With the return of some very good bowlers though, I’m confident we can take the 20 wickets we need against the Redbacks.”
The Tigers’ batting stocks have also been strengthened by the return of in-form Ed Cowan, who made 51 and 42 for a Cricket Australia Invitational XI against England last week.
SA’s batting line-up is also stronger for the return of Callum Ferguson, who also featured in the Invitational XI last week.
Fast bowler Kane Richardson has been named for his first Shield game of the summer after overcoming injury troubles.
“There will be two players who will be very unlucky to miss out tomorrow and, as a coach, that is what you want – tough decisions on selection,” SA coach Darren Berry said.
SA: Johan Botha (capt), Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Travis Head, Phil Hughes, Michael Klinger, Trent Lawford, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Kelvin Smith, Adam Zampa (12th man to be named, one to be omitted)
Tasmania: Tim Paine (capt), Xavier Doherty, Luke Butterworth, Mark Cosgrove, Ed Cowan, Alex Doolan, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Andrew Fekete, Ben Hilfenhaus, Sam Rainbird, Clive Rose, Jordan Silk (12th man to be named, one to be omitted)