2016/17 Western Warriors
Surely this HAS to be our year in the Shield?
JL two seasons ago on the eve of our last final appearance in 2015 after also making it the previous year said that he was less interested in winning that final than he was in building a dynasty and I reckon now is the time to start cashing on what has been a brilliant program of developing a youthful side with a mix of experience and full of WA talent rather than repeat the mistakes for the previous 20 years.
NCN is ruled out for at least the first half of the season and you’d think he’d struggle to come back from lumbar stress fractures (which hurts us with the ball, in hte field and with the bat) but that still leaves us Dorf, Paris, Turner, Moody, Agar, Mackin, Rimington and AJ Tye (who I am not convinced is a 4 day bowler). You can also throw Cartwright and Bosisto into that mix as guys that can take wickets. The key will be to keep the big Dorf injury free which provides a very good framework for an attack that will regularly take 20 wickets. Can JL convince Mitch Johnson to play Shield cricket after the BBL… yes please JL.
Our batting is where we’ll need to pick up this year and we are at the mercy of the Australian selectors with SMarsh (just broke his finger and probably get dropped after dominating as usual), Voges (who I think they will transition out of the side soonish) and Bancroft who is likely to replace Burns if he fails to make runs and soon. You can all but book MMarsh in for a full summer for Australia. I’d love to see Bosisto keep grinding out the runs but in doing so not giving his wicket away and see Cartwright build on his form last year and his recent handy batting in the recent NPS. Agar is fast becoming a batting all-rounder and Turner is no mug and Klinger and Whiteman making big runs in the middle order may well hold the key to allowing guys like Agar and Turner to play their natural game and score quick runs and get those bonus points which is so important in the 4 day format.
Bring the Shield back where it belongs lads.
If catching wrasse is cool, consider me Miles Davis