Doherty will bounce back

Xavier Doherty
Xavier Doherty

TASMANIAN spinner Xavier Doherty is not letting the disappointment of missing out on selection in the Australian team for the upcoming International one-day tri-series in Zimbabwe get him down.

The 31-year-old George Town left-arm tweaker who has played 54 ODI’s, was overlooked by Australian selectors in the 14-man squad, losing his spot to Test spinner Nathan Lyon, who has been recalled to the shorter version of the game for the first time since 2012.

Doherty said he had spoken to Australian selector Rod Marsh and had received assurance that the omission did not signify the end of his national one-day career.

‘‘I found out last week so it’s probably not a huge surprise for me,’’ Doherty said.

‘‘ I felt I bowled pretty well last summer but left the door open for this sort of thing to happen.

‘‘I’m disappointed but it’s certainly not the end of the world for me and that’s the feedback I’ve had from the selectors.

‘‘I feel like my game is in a pretty good place and that I can bounce back and there is plenty of cricket to be played over the next few months.’’

Doherty said the focus last summer had been for him to be a little bit more attacking and he would continue to work on that aspect of his bowling.

‘‘It was something I was quite good at a few years ago but it’s probably gone out of my game – the real wicket-taking ability rather than just tying down the batsman.

‘‘The four or five months I’ve had off now is something I haven’t had for a while and has really given me a chance to work on that and I feel like I’m in a pretty good position to have a crack at that when everything kicks off in a few weeks.’’

Doherty said he was looking forward to getting in some good cricket with Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes that would leave him in a position to grasp any opportunity that might arise for Australia during the summer.

‘‘The Hurricanes kick off in early September with the Champions League then the Tigers stuff straight after that,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s a lot of one-day cricket to be played between now and the World Cup next year and a lot of things can happen between now and then.’’


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