South Australia Press Release
SACA have announced all trading has been finalised for season 5 with new manager Simon Fitzsimmons bringing a number of new faces. With Darren Lehmann retiring, 38 year old keep Andy Flower moving on and a several one form specialists not being offered contracts, the smell of expectation is in the air again.
Fitzsimmons has brought in some players who have had excellent seasons, Ferguson from Kent taking 50 plus 4 day wickets, H Midlane from tasmania has scored buckets full of runs, david dawson from ACT averaging over 70 in 1 day add to them Guys like B Allen (Kent) and exciting rookies E Graham (Canterbury) theres no reason why this SA team cant be the best ever.
The decision to trade R Stratton will be in everyones mind until the end of the season. There were pros and cons for each argument, but in the end trying to replace lehmann needed sacrifice and i think SA have achieved that.
Hopefully we can pick up some good players in the draft. From pick 30 we arent pinning our hopes on anything spectacular, however a good 1 day bowler isnt out of the question. With the depth of the draft being tested, it may be tougher than ever picking last.
As usual with South Australia, expectations will be high. Its fair to say id be disapointed if we dont win the 4 day title, 1 day may be a different story though. Lehmann was a vital part of the 1 day team and its a big gap to fill, the draft will play a major part in deciding how we go, perhaps a bowler or 2 short at this stage, but if we a got a good one theres no reason why we cant finish in the top 2.