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Western Australia like imported Beer

Cricinfo staff

May 6, 2010

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Theo Doropoulos smashes one through the off side, Western Australia v Tasmania, Ford Ranger Cup, Perth, October 24, 2008
T-dropped: Theo Doropoulos has been cut by the Warriors © Getty Images

Western Australia have handed out four new contracts to develop their squad while cutting five players who failed to convince in 2009-10. All the faces will be new to Mickey Arthur, who has replaced Tom Moody as coach, but Michael Beer, the Victoria spinner, and Martin Paskal, the New South Wales fast bowler, have also joined the batch of imports.

The local allrounder Matt Johnston and batsman Michael Swart have been elevated to the contract list while Justin Coetzee, Theo Doropoulos, Drew Porter, Ben Edmondson and Josh Mangan were dropped. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Marsh have been upgraded from rookie status to full deals.

Beer, 25, is a left-arm orthodox spinner from St Kilda who was the leading wicket taker in Victorian Premier Cricket last season. Paskal, 24, was a rookie contracted player with New South Wales and has impressed with his Sydney University club side.

"We have secured arguably the leading spinner outside of the state system in Australia and one of the most promising quicks in grade cricket, and have given a great opportunity to two promising local batsmen to show their wares at interstate level," Arthur said. "The Warriors have been in a period of rebuilding over the past couple of summers, having lost a number of senior players, but we are very confident that we have a good balance of youth and experience in this squad."

Western Australia squad David Bandy, Michael Beer, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Brett Dorey, Chris Gayle (Twenty20), Aaron Heal, Michael Hogan, Matt Johnston, Brad Knowles, Steve Magoffin, Mitchell Marsh, Ashley Noffke, Martin Paskal, Luke Pomersbach, Kemar Roach (Twenty20) Wes Robinson, Luke Ronchi, Michael Swart, Luke Towers.
Rookie contracts Tom Beaton, Jason Behrendorff, Ryan Duffield, Jake Fawcett, Marcus Harris, Michael Johnson.
Cricket Australia contracts Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Adam Voges.

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Posted by Winsome on (May 8, 2010, 0:52 GMT)

Theo D's stats are very ordinary for both batting and bowling. Good idea to drop him, let him really work in grade cricket if he wants it badly enough.

I agree about importing spin bowlers though, it's a drag that they just don't or won't trust West Australian bowlers. But hopefully Arthur will have a good effect on the team, let's face it, they couldn't get much worse.

Posted by stuartk319 on (May 7, 2010, 2:22 GMT)

I share your sentiments PatchesOHoulihan; importing a Victorian grade spinner (Beer) to replace another one (Mangan) - whilst not paying much attention to home grown talent doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me. Wes Robinson has come up through Perth grade cricket; so it must be at least a reasonable standard and a lot of the new guys could do with a bit more time to settle.

Posted by LesGrossman on (May 6, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

What a shambles wa cricket is. When he has played, Doropoulos has a record similar to a lot of other players with contracts over the past couple of seasons, yet he gets axed. He has an X factor and is the biggest hitter in the state. Hope he moves to another state and dominates like Rodgers, D Hussey, Katich etc. Still no Ty Hopes either, how many wickets does a leg spinner have to take??? Obviously 43 @ 18 in grade cricket isn't enough! They also dropped Marcus Stoinus from a rookie contract who made 800 plus runs @ 60 opening in grade cricket, not bad for a 20 year old and superior to any of those rookies and Towers. How does Towers get a game anyway??? I'm sure he's a nice guy, but how about making a 100 in grade cricket first??? Hopefully Arthur will see the talent of these guys in the coming season and see through the hidden agendas of the selectors and WACA admin.

Posted by yescharny on (May 6, 2010, 12:33 GMT)

Is Ryan Duffield related to the footballe Paul Duffield?

Posted by Monis-Iqbal on (May 6, 2010, 8:05 GMT)

Why they dropped THEO DOROPOULOS, he would be magnificent in T20 and one-day domestics and along with more than handy in Ford-Ranger, WA should give him time to settle.

Posted by gzawilliam on (May 6, 2010, 6:31 GMT)

Still very light on Top order batting. We will need Wes Robinson to put in a very good year

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