Tigers boosted by the return of Doolan, Bird

AUSTRALIAN Test squad members Alex Doolan and Jackson Bird return to Tasmania's Sheffield Shield line-up for the clash with South Australia, starting today at Bellerive Oval, with coach Dan Marsh desperate to end his patchy first season in charge with a win.

``We're approaching it like we do every game, to win,'' Marsh said yesterday.

``We haven't had the season that we would have liked, but we want to finish off this game and take some momentum into next year.''

Marsh admitted the up and down nature of this season had been the killer for the Tigers, who enter the final round in fifth spot.

``We've played some good cricket in patches, but that's been it and that's not going to win you games.

``We want to finish off this game by playing a really good game, like we did against Queensland down here [two matches ago],'' he said.

Marsh said the opportunity to deny South Australia a spot in the Sheffield Shield final would also provide motivation.

He was confident that both Bird, who did not play a Test in South Africa and will play his first game for the state this summer after back problems, and Doolan, who played all three Tests and scored 186 runs at 31, would have an impact against the Redbacks.

He said the former Launceston batsman had a taste of Test cricket and would be ``hungry for runs'' against the second-placed visitors.

Doolan told  The Examiner  over the weekend he couldn't wait to get back out onto Bellerive Oval.

``I love playing for Tassie, especially here at Blundstone Arena,'' he said.

``We had a good fight back here against Victoria to deny the old-arch enemy six points at the MCG. It was special for me not playing, so I'm sure the guys would have gained some confidence from that last day.''

Beau Webster is also back for the Tigers, with Sam Rainbird out with a knee injury and Steve Cazzulino and Jon Wells omitted.

TASMANIA:  Tim Paine (c), Jackson Bird, Luke Butterworth, Mark Cosgrove, Ed Cowan, Xavier Doherty, Alex Doolan, Ben Dunk, Andrew Fekete, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Beau Webster.

 SOUTH AUSTRALIA:  Tom Andrews, Tom Cooper, Calum Ferguson, Travis Head, Phil Hughes (c), Michael Klinger, Trent Lawford, Tim Ludeman Andrew McDonald, Joe Mennie, Gary Putland, Sam Raphael, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers

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