Cricket: Australian Cricket 2012-2013: Team in focus: WA Warriors

2011-2012 season:

Bupa Sheffield Shield: 4th

Ryobi One-Day Cup: 4th

The Western Australian (Retravision) Warriors haven’t reached a state final in either one-day or first class format since their one-day title in 2003-2004.  I expect a lot of that to change to in season 2012-2013.

One name stood out last season: Liam Davis.  The 28 year old batsman amassed 921 runs at an average of 65.78 in last season’s Sheffield Shield.  Nathan Coulter-Nile showed that he had some impressive talent.  And Travis Birt transferred from Tasmania at season commencement.

The Warriors will be looking to improve on third and fourth placings from the last few one day and first class competitions.  With Shaun Marsh underperforming for the Australian team last summer, and players such as Luke Pomersbach being inconsistent and subsequently retiring from Western Australia to deal with depression and other personal issues, the Warriors need to strike a good balance between their batting and bowling stacks, the latter being quite filled with the likes of Coulter-Nile, Nathan Rimmington and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.

With the addition of big hitter Birt to the line-up, the Warriors will look for Davis, vice captain Adam Voges, Coulter-Nile and captain Marcus North to step up a notch in order to challenge for either title.  Davis’ 303 against New South Wales in February 2012, a sign that he has potential to score masses of runs.  And while Coulter-Nile has only had limited opportunities, his economic and clever bowling in the 2011-2012 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash touts him as a potential and handy change bowler.

I’m extremely interested to see how young gun Mitchell Marsh goes.  Having already played a small handful of matches for Australia in the shorter forms, more international experience will set Marsh in good stead for both his home state and national team.  Pacer Nathan Rimmington will need to make sure he can keep up consistent form, while Tom Triffit, WA’s new wicketkeeper after Luke Ronchi moved back to New Zealand, will need to be steady and reliable behind the stumps.  To push further up the ladder, the Warriors will need to work hard.  The rewards will be there if they do.

Ryobi One Day Cup: 6th

Bupa Sheffield Shield: 6th

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