Drew returns to Tigers

ALSTONVILLE seamer Brendan Drew has been selected as part of the Tasmanian Tigers cricket squad for this summer.

Drew has been part of the squad since his debut in 2005 but has been used more as a one-day and Twenty20 specialist for the Tigers.

However, the retirement of three front-line pace bowlers in Brett Geeves, Adam Griffith and Gerard Denton could mean the right-arm paceman will get more of a chance in the Sheffield Shield.

Tasmania coach Tim Coyle acknowledged the retirements on the Tigers website.

“I am really comfortable with our new signings and the list that we have put together for 2011-12,” he said.

“We have obviously cut some players from the squad, lost some to retirement at the end of 2010-11 and have also recruited from interstate, but we are also backing our outstanding local talent to keep the Tasmanian Tigers at the top of Australian domestic cricket.

“I feel that we have got our list right with a mix that will set us up for years to come and with five Tasmanians with Cricket Australia contracts I think the current strength of Tasmanian cricket is evident.”

The Tigers have started pre-season training already.

Drew, 27, broke into the Tigers squad after performing well in Sydney grade cricket and for New South Wales age teams.

He has played 30 first-class matches and has captured 77 wickets at 40.87.

However, it has been in one-day cricket where he has shone, claiming 74 wickets at 28.59 from 49 matches.

He has played for Australia A in a tour of Sri Lanka.

In Twenty20 cricket has taken 18 wickets at 25.05 from 16 matches.

While Drew has been signed for the Tigers it remains unclear whether he will play Twenty20 for the Hobart Hurricanes in the revamped Twenty20 Big Bash competition.

Hobart has named Australian representatives Tim Paine and Xavier Doherty in its squad and also Rana Naveed, Travis Birt, Michael Hogan, Mark Cosgrove, Rhett Lockyear, Evan Gulbis and Matt Johnston. However, a question mark remains over the rest of the squad.

The Hurricanes are run separately from the Tigers and have a separate coach, Allister de Winter.

Drew is one of two local cricketers to win state contracts. Last week it was announced Tom Cooper would play again for South Australia.

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