Greater Northern Raiders could have their work cut out against the men behind the Hobart Hurricanes’ blazing Big Bash start this summer.
Explosive openers D’arcy Short and Matthew Wade, and rising quickie Riley Meredith have all been made available to play for Clarence.
The Roos will take on Lindisfarne on Friday in the three-way fight with North Hobart for a place in the Cricket Tasmania T20 final.
But the trio are expected to remain in the squad for Saturday’s clash against the Raiders for more match practice ahead of the Hurricanes next Big Bash bout with Melbourne Stars on Monday.
“Clarence are a really good side and we’re under no illusion of what’s that going to be like, how that’ll go,” Raiders coach Andrew Gower said.
“We believe that there may be some of the Hurricanes boys available as well so that could be interesting. We’re not 100 percent sure, but there’s word they’ll play.”
Hobart has been quick to ride Short and Wade’s clean striking in the early overs.
Gower said the purpose of the rookie side was to test their mettle against some of the state’s premier players.
“Their two of the best batters in Australia at the moment, so we’ll go in with a lot of excitement and what will be will be,” he said.
“Imagine one of the guys getting those guys out – it’ll look good on your resume.
“It’s a next level up – we’ve already gone one level up looking at playing Shield guys, but when you playing against international cricket guys, it’s a whole new world.”
Gower is not concerned a strengthened Clarence will have it over the Raiders since their first outright defeat.
The Raiders bring in South Launceston pair Shaun Harris and Tom Waller for Anish Paraam and Shaun Redman.
“I’m really confident with the team we’ve got on the park and I don’t think we’re too far away from a win. It’ll be great to get one of these top sides,” Gower said.