It has been a little while between innings for Brett Jackson but Wallsend captain and premiership-winning teammate Nathan Price reckons the former NSW second XI representative will be up to the task.
Jackson, who recently turned 32, will play for the Tigers in their T20 Summer Bash opener against the Kookaburras (Toronto) at No.1 Sportsground on Tuesday afternoon (5pm).
The return comes four summers after Jackson’s last first grade game in Newcastle and 12 since combining with Price to win the club’s last two-day title in 2006-2007.
Right-handed batsman Jackson, who scored five centuries in the space of four seasons from 2010-2011, and Price also previously played for the same Sydney side Randwick-Petersham.
“Jacko was keen to play the whole season this year, but unfortunately due to work and family commitments he wasn’t able to,” Price said.
“Unlike a lot of other guys the midweek and Sunday matches suit his schedule a lot better so we are more than happy to have him with us.
“He has been a class cricketer for a number of years both here and for Randwick in Sydney, so I’m confident that him not having too much of a hit lately won’t be much of an issue.
“He will provide another experienced head for our relatively young squad and can be a bit of an X-factor for us, while still allowing us to play marquees down the track if we wish.”
The Kookaburras have been in contact with Sydney club Manly about marquee players for the competition.
Tuesday’s second fixture features the Rosellas (Wests) and Black Roses (Cardiff) at Harker Oval. The visitors have picked up Josh Clarke and Matt Rodgers from the state capital.
On Wednesday defending champions the Sea Dragons (University) welcome NSW Futures League batsman Henry Hunt to tackle the Magpies (Charlestown) at Passmore Oval while the Waratahs (Waratah) meet the Lions (Merewether) at No.1 Sportsground.
Thursday sees the Sabres (City) take on the Pumas (Hamwicks) at No.1 and the Seagulls (Stockton) challenge the Whips (Belmont) at Waratah Oval.