Drew set to be cut from contract
FAST bowler Brendan Drew is among eight players set to be axed from Tasmania's contract list for next cricket season, according to a report on the website Cricinfo.
Drew, an Alstonville junior, played in his first Sheffield Shield final against Queensland at the 'Gabba in Brisbane last month.
But he looks to be a victim of declining form and the amazing success of former NSW paceman Jackson Bird.
Bird was the leading wicket-taker in the Sheffield Shield this season after moving to the Tigers from Sydney. He claimed 53 wickets at the stunning average of 16.
Drew, 28, had a patchy summer.
He was in and out of the Tasmanian Shield and one-day teams and overlooked as part of the Adelaide franchise in the Twenty20 Big Bash League until the last three games.
Drew has struggled to take regular wickets but with handy lower-order batting and as one of the best outfielders in Australian cricket, he appears sure to at least pick up a Twenty20 contract next season.
Under-achieving South Australia might be the best option to try to extend his first-class career.
He was always an outstanding junior on the Far North Coast and as a 17-year-old played for Alstonville when it defeated Tintenbar-East Ballina in the 2001-02 Hooker League final at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
Drew was not available to talk to The Northern Star yesterday.