TASMANIA coach Dan Marsh believes his side will have a red-ball advantage over a New South Wales side that has an immediate focus on the 50-over version of the game.
The reigning Sheffield Shield champion will take on the Blues at Blacktown starting on Wednesday, having not played any cricket since its one-day campaign ended last weekend.
Meanwhile, the David Warner-led New South Wales outfit has remained in one-day mode and will contest the final tomorrow against Queensland.
"We've done a lot of red ball stuff in the lead up to the one dayers. Being knocked out of the competition a bit earlier than we would have liked in the Ryobi Cup it has given us a good nine days to get our head around the red ball," Marsh said yesterday.
"New South Wales are still thinking about white ball cricket, so that is a little advantage we can take into the game.
"But they are strong all the way through, with their bowling and their batting, so we know we'll have to play a really tough brand of cricket against them."
All-rounder Luke Butterworth (who took 45 wickets at 20.80 last summer) has recovered from his back injury, but batsman Mark Cosgrove's thumb problems will keep him out of the Shield opener.
"He (Butterworth) is a key man in our team and we missed him during the Ryobi Cup and it is good to have him back on board," Marsh said.
"He bowled 20 overs during the week in Adelaide in the second XI and got through fine.
"Cosgrove was close. He had a bat in the nets today, but he's not quite right, so we're hoping he'll be right for game two up at Brisbane."
Marsh, who expected a "traditional Sydney wicket", one which is good early for the batsmen before taking plenty of spin later on, at Blacktown.
Spinner Clive Rose and quick Andrew Fekete, both former Victorians, are in line for their first-class debuts with the Tigers if they make the final XI.
Australian captain Michael Clarke could play in the fixture, depending on the condition of the back injury which has kept him out of the tour of India.
Tasmanian squad: Tim Paine (c), Alex Doolan (vc), Luke Butterworth, Ed Cowan, Ben Dunk, Andrew Fekete, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Sam Rainbird, Clive Rose, Jordan SIlk, Jon Wells.