Coach Adam Voges
R=Rookie, CA=Australia contract
Ashton Agar (CA), Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Cooper Connolly (R), Sam Fanning, Cameron Gannon, Jayden Goodwin (R), Cameron Green (CA), Sam Greer (R), Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (CA), Bryce Jackson, Matthew Kelly, Hamish McKenzie (R), Mitchell Marsh (CA), Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Lance Morris, Joel Paris, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, D'Arcy Short, Charlie Stobo, Marcus Stoinis (CA), Ashton Turner, Sam Whiteman, Teague Wyllie. In Sam Fanning, Bryce Jackson, Sam Greer, Hamish McKenzie, Teague Wyllie | Out Liam Guthrie (Queensland)
WA have retained most of their key talent in the off-season with five CA contracted players helping them manage their salary cap well. Liam Guthrie has headed to Queensland but he did not play a single Shield game last year as WA's attack stayed relatively injury-free. Teague Wyllie has been elevated to a full contract as has Sam Fanning who has spent years on the rookie list. Both young batters are likely to get opportunities throughout the season.
WA broke a 23-year Sheffield Shield drought with an emotional title for stand-in captain Shaun Marsh. A thumping victory by an innings and 51 runs against Victoria in the final round of the season was enough to secure a home final for the first time in 24 years. Then a first-innings century from Cameron Bancroft, a disciplined bowling performance, and second-innings epics from Sam Whiteman and Aaron Hardie was enough to secure a draw and the title on first-innings bonus points.
Aaron Hardie has emerged as a player of significant interest to Australia's selectors after a stunning Shield final and a brilliant tour of Sri Lanka with Australia A. He emerged from nowhere having been on the fringes of WA's side following elbow surgery ahead of last season. When fully fit he can offer swing and bounce with the new ball and is capable of batting in the top seven with a belief he could move into WA's top five in the future. His next challenge is creeping up the order while improving his wicket-taking ability on lower, slower pitches. But he could push for Australia A selection on next year's tour of England.
Cameron Green might not play a single game for WA this year with his emergence as a T20 phenomenon at the top of the order for Australia making him an all-format juggernaut. WA will also have to manage the comings and goings of Mitch Marsh, Ashton Agar, Josh Inglis and Marcus Stoinis from various international squads across the summer. Jhye Richardson is still on Australia's radar although his fitness remains a question mark.
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo