Australian news June 27, 2011

Western Australia name 17-man contract list

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia have finalised their revamped squad for next season after naming a 17-man contract list. The key changes for the Warriors had already been confirmed earlier in the off-season, with the axing of Steve Magoffin, David Bandy, Aaron Heal, Matt Johnston, Michael Swart and Luke Towers, while Ashley Noffke and Brett Dorey both retired during the summer.

The coach Mickey Arthur last week confirmed the addition of the Tasmania batsman Travis Birt, the Queensland fast bowler Nathan Rimmington and the New South Wales fast man Mark Cameron to the group in an effort to force strong competition for places. There were no other surprises in the final list, with the fast-bowling pair Matt Dixon and Joel Parris added to the rookie list.

The impressive left-arm fast man Ryan Duffield was upgraded from a rookie deal to a full contract after a summer in which he collected 33 Sheffield Shield wickets at 22.90, while the opening batsman Marcus Harris was also promoted. Arthur said the squad was one he and the captain Marcus North could put their stamp on.

"I am really comfortable with our new signings and the list that we have put together," Arthur said. "We cut seven players from the squad and lost two to retirement at the end of 2010-11 and have only recruited three players from interstate, so we are backing our outstanding local talent to return the Warriors to the top of Australian cricket.

"We have brought in some experienced players in Travis Birt, Mark Cameron and Nathan Rimmington and they will play big roles for us, but we must not forget that we have an exciting bunch of young cricketers as well. I feel that we have got our list almost right with a mix that will set us up for years to come, and in the next year or two we will have it spot on. I am really confident with the direction we are taking WA cricket."

The Warriors finished fourth on the Sheffield Shield table last season, Arthur's first in charge, and they were also fourth in the Ryobi Cup. But there were some positive signs, with Duffield, Harris, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Tom Beaton emerging as players to watch.

Western Australia squad Michael Beer, Travis Birt, Mark Cameron, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Ryan Duffield, Marcus Harris, Michael Hogan, Michael Hussey (Cricket Australia contract), Mitchell Johnson (CA), Brad Knowles, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh (CA), Marcus North, Martin Paskal, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Rimmington, Wes Robinson, Luke Ronchi, Adam Voges.

Rookies Tom Beaton, Jason Behrendorff, Matt Dixon, Michael Johnson, Joel Paris.

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  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Tom Beaton Looks one for the future in one day cricket

  • Shane on June 29, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    @katandthat3 - fair call. A couple of tons in that format - he was one of the better stories of the failed ODD campaign

  • King on June 28, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Genuinely looking forward to this season.

  • Garry on June 28, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Sorry @getaclue, I should have been a little more specific with Davis in that he had a pretty good one-day season 390 runs @ 48. Top 7 or 8 for Shield might be Harris, Robinson, Marsh, Voges, North, Birt, Ronchi, Marsh while Davis would come in for Harris in the one-dayers. Not expecting to see much of Huss and MJ for WA. Still hopeful Shaun Marsh will play for Australia a bit this summer.

  • Luke on June 28, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Looking for a huge year from WA; that's a brilliant list even without the CA contracted players.

  • Shane on June 28, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    @katandthat3 - Davis had a terrible year in the Sheild last year...ample opportunities and generally failed which is why Harris ended up coming in

  • Andrew on June 28, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    @Blake Houston - doubt they'll win all 3 comps but you're right, the roster looks preety good. Have been dissappointed in Pomersbach over the years, but he's still young enough to turn his career around. Beaton looks like the real deal. I actually think that North should be considered for Oz short forms - as a D Hussey-like bat/spin option. Hope he doesn't get selected for the Test team though. Love to see Cameron have a couple of injury free seasons. I think he is a cross between McGrath & Merv Hughes with a touch of Gillespie, he'd be ready made for Tests if the selectors could find confidence in his fitness. @katandthat3 - I'd like to see Ronchi get a long run in the Oz T20 line up. I was impressed with Robinson, but I think from memory his season fell away towards the end. Hopefully he can turn that around next year.

  • Garry on June 27, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    The squad certainly has been strengthened with Birt, Rimmington and Cameron. North can play a similar role to what Katich will with NSW while I'm still hoping guys like Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges can play a bit of cricket for Australia. They really missed Knowles last season and Hogan is another seamer who has pretty good qualities, similar to Copeland with accuracy (Copeland's figures in Shield are hard to beat and the kind of stats to aim for). Robinson looks pretty organised along with Harris and Davis had a big year last year so will hope to back it up. Arthur and the boys should have every right to improve on last years standings with this set up. Pomersbach and Ronchi could do anything and hopefully they will while Duffield and Coulter-Nile showed some good things as well. Shame they don't show more highlights of the shield, might be better to watch than the top team the way things are shaping up. This CA review is all smoke and mirrors.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    This is a very strong squad, WA can win all 3 comps this year but there will be competition form Vic and NSW. My 4 day XI (exclduing aussie test players) would be: Wes Robinson, Shuan Marsh, Marcus North, Adam Voges, Luke Pomersbach, Travis Birt, Luke Ronchi, Ryan Duffield, Mark Cameron, Nathan coulter-nile, M. Beer/ rimmo. For One day and T20 Rimmington would come in for coulter nile. Liam Davis could come in for Pomersbach in 50 over cricket too

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