Michael Klinger will lead Western Australia in the Matador Cup and the young allrounder Ashton Turner has been elevated to the vice-captaincy for the tournament. Western Australia have named their 14-man squad for the one-day competition, and will be without their usual captain Adam Voges, who is part of the Test squad that will tour Bangladesh at the same time.
The Warriors will also be without the Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitchell, and the opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, all of whom are in the Test squad. Batsman Jonathan Wells has been included after moving from Tasmania.
"We've got some good young players who've got some experience now and they'll step up," coach Justin Langer said. "Our Matador Cup team is very similar to last year. We only lose Adam Voges and Craig Simmons from our 2014 side. We're looking to keep building this nursery and depth of talent.
"We're going to be hunted by everyone else. No one likes to see a back-to-back champion and we'll certainly put our best foot forward to see if we can achieve that. It's not going to be easy and we'll have challenges, but we've had challenges for the last few years. The boys have found a way to overcome those and keep getting better and better."
The Matador Cup will begin on October 5 and this summer will feature seven teams, with a Cricket Australia XI to be formed from players who fail to make the 14-man squads named by the six states.
Western Australia squad Michael Klinger (capt), Ashton Turner (vice-capt), Ashton Agar, Tom Beaton, Jason Behrendorff, Will Bosisto, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Harris, Simon Mackin, Joel Paris, Nathan Rimmington, Andrew Tye, Jonathon Wells, Sam Whiteman