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Boyce keen to tweak perceptions

New Tigers spinner intent on returning to green and gold after Queensland exit

Tasmania signing Cameron Boyce says he is determined to "prove a few people wrong" as he prepares for a maiden season with the Tigers following a move from his native Queensland.

Boyce fell out of favour at the Bulls last summer, playing just one Sheffield Shield match as young leg-spinner Mitch Swepson was preferred.

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"I personally think I was bowling pretty well last year; I went through a period where I struggled to take some wickets but I still thought I was bowling pretty well," Boyce said at a press conference today.

"But I guess a fresh start can be a good thing for me. I'm looking forward to it."

At 20, Boyce became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a Shield final in the summer of 2009-10, claiming 6-181 in the second innings against Victoria.

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The leggie has 92 wickets at 49 in 45 first-class matches, and has represented Australia A at first-class level, but it's his seven international caps at T20 level – the last of which came against India in January – that he's intent on building upon.

"I'd love to go out and perform really well in those first few (Shield) games," Boyce said. "I really want to get back in the Australian T20 team.

"I feel like I was bowling really well up to that point. That's the way cricket is sometimes, but that's a massive goal for me, and also the one-day stuff.

"The one-day cup now is such a massive tournament, so I'll be looking forward to doing really well in both those."

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The 26-year-old was upfront about his feelings regarding his axing from the Bulls side last summer.

"'Upset' is probably a good word," he said. "I was definitely disappointed. I felt like I was bowling really well.

"But that's the way cricket is sometimes, especially for a leg-spinner – we can get the raw end of the deal sometimes.

"I'm just really looking forward to it now. I definitely do want to prove a few people wrong, and get my name thrown back up for that (Australia T20) team.

"Hopefully we can push really hard here and reignite not only myself but Cricket Tasmania here, and start winning some flags."

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Boyce is no stranger to the Cricket Tasmania set-up, having spent three seasons with the Hobart Hurricanes in the KFC Big Bash, where he has worked closely with former Test and ODI spinner Xavier Doherty.

"When I first came down for Hobart, Xavier was unbelievable, and now to be training full-time with him is awesome for me," he said. "I've learnt a lot from him.

"Confidence is a massive thing, for me and all spinners. The times in my career where I haven't been so confident have been the times when I've bowled poorly or not as well as I should.

While his involvement in last summer's Shield was restricted to that solitary fixture, Boyce is relishing more red-ball action this time around on a Hobart wicket that he believes will offer more assistance than the pace-friendly Gabba in Brisbane.

"Obviously I didn't play too much red-ball cricket last year but I'm excited to be playing on a ground that is hopefully going to offer me a little bit of spin," he added. "It's maybe a little bit different to the Gabba, which is what I'm used to, and in saying that there's new challenges involved with that and I'm looking forward to that.

"The games I played down here in the past I've actually taken a few wickets. It suits the way I bowl. Back up at the Gabba I try to bowl with a lot of bounce, and to come up here it's a bit uneven, so you get that inconsistency, and I think that can be a good thing not only for myself but for all spinners here." 

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