Cricket ACT have named the iCollege ACT Comets set to take on Tasmania in their penultimate Toyota Futures League fixture, with High Performance Officials suggesting player consistency was the primary influence in selecting the team.
The side remains relatively unchanged from their previous Futures League match, with Joe Slater coming in after selectors decided to rest Sam Skelly.
“Sam did really well in Melbourne, but we are conscious of trying to look after our younger fast bowlers as they grow and develop. Joe comes back in after some promising performances over the past month,” explained Assistant Coach, Kyle Piper.
Heading into their Round 6 clash, Piper says he hopes to see consistency beyond the names on the team sheet.
“The side will be looking to improve its consistency across all four days of cricket, as we have paid the price for not being able to put complete days together. At the level the team is aspiring to play, the ability to put together complete sessions, days and games is paramount.”
The Comets will also be looking to secure their first victory of the competition, having previously walked away with two draws and two losses, which could be a difficult task against the strong Tasmanian side.
“Tasmania’s season has been a difficult one at Shield level, however their Futures League performances have been strong. It should provide another strong challenge and an opportunity for our guys to show they're not just playing at this level, but that they are learning and implementing skills and strategies.”
Though, Piper and the rest of the Comets are excited to see a familiar face.
“From a regional point of view, we will be hoping to see ACT/Southern Academy member, Mac Wright, playing for Tasmania and doing well. Mac has had a busy year finishing school and moving, along with settling into being a full time professional cricketer. It would be great to have him out there next week.”
The iCollege ACT Comets
Andrew Harriott (wk)
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The iCollege ACT Comets will take on Tasmania at home at Manuka Oval from the 20th-23rd of February. This match is open to the public and free to attend. For ladder information and to follow live scores, visit MyCricket.