March 3, 2003

Warriors make changes for Pura Cup

THE Western Australian Cricket Selectors today announced a Western Warriors team to play Victoria in the Pura Cup match in Melbourne on March 6-9, 2003.

The team is:
Justin Langer (Captain), Jo Angel, Beau Casson, Michael Clark, Murray Goodwin, Matthew Nicholson, Marcus North, Chris Rogers, Luke Ronchi, Adam Voges, Brad Williams and Peter Worthington.

All-rounder Peter Worthington will make his first-class debut if he is selected in the final 11, on Thursday. The 12th man will be named on the morning of the match.

The team includes pace bowler Brad Williams, who is recovering from an elbow injury which forced him to miss this week's match against New South Wales.

Three players, wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Campbell, batsman Michael Hussey and swing bowler Callum Thorp were omitted from the Warriors team which lost its match to New South Wales at the WACA Ground yesterday.

Chairman of selectors Mr Wayne Hill said with Warriors out of contention to play in this season's Pura Cup Final, a team for the last qualifying match of the season was an opportunity to blood young players.

"We have lost our last two completed matches by close margins," Mr Hill said.

"It is the form of some of our senior players that has become questionable. We have decided to look at the potential of some of the state's developing young players.

"Western Australian cricket is losing games and we have to look at ways to rectify that."