TASMANIA is targeting two quick wins to start its domestic cricket season.
The Tigers play in both opening matches of the Ryobi Cup this week and coach Dan Marsh believes they can return home for a short break in a dominant position.
``We've put together an experienced squad that is capable of getting us off to the start that we'd like,'' Marsh said.
``We are very fortunate to have a fully fit squad. Our fitness staff have done a fantastic job getting everyone primed and ready to go right at the right time.''
The Tigers take on NSW in the Ryobi Cup opener on Sunday at Bankstown Oval, before facing Victoria at the same venue on Tuesday.
The squad will be bolstered by the inclusion of captain and top-10-ranked one-day batsman George Bailey, who will play the first two fixtures before heading to India with the Australian squad.
``George brings so much to our team,'' Marsh said. ``He's not only a terrific batsman, but also a great leader on and off the field.''
However, the team will have to make do without its other ODI star James Faulkner as the three-time Ricky Ponting medallist is playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Champions League T20, after which he too will join the Australian ODI squad.
``We'd love to have James playing for us, but at the same time we have a fantastic depth of bowling and batting talent that is capable of stepping up,'' Marsh added.
Also eyeing the international arena will be Xavier Doherty, ahead of his recall to the ODI squad, and Australia A wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who will assume the vp+1Tigers captaincy when Bailey departs and must fancy his chances of a national recall after selectors dumped Matthew Wade in favour of Brad Haddin.
Rookie Sam Rainbird, 21, has been named in the 13-man squad and, if selected, would be making his one-day debut for Tasmania. The Tigers first two games will be broadcast live on GEM.