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Western Australia Sheffield Shield Preview 2022/23

Last years finish: 1st

Prediction: 1st

Welcome to the last Sheffield Shield Preview, this one for the Western Australia Warriors. Last years defending champs looked primed to take it again and have started the ODI season well. I do not think any other team has the level of depth they do. They have 5 players in their best shield squad that are in the Australian Mix, those are Cameron Green, Mitch Marsh, Josh Inglis, Ashton Agar and Jhye Richardson and they have replacements for those. In Shield Cricket, as the international schedule is so stacked nowadays, you need to have a first class quality player for each international player in your side so they can be replaced seamlessly. Western Australia will likely not have all five of these players called up at the same time. They should retain the Shield title unless NSW can make their way to a final and get all of their test players back.

The below teams are my opinion as to how Western Australia should line up, not necessarily what their line-up will be.

Full Strength Team

1. Cam Bancroft (Bat)

2. Sam Whiteman (Bat)

3. Shaun Marsh (Bat)

4. Cameron Green (AR)*

5. Hilton Cartwright (Bat-AR)

6. Josh Inglis (WK)*

7. Mitchell Marsh (AR)*

8. Aaron Hardie (AR)

9. Ashton Agar (Bowl-AR)*

10. Jhye Richardson (Bowl)*

11. Joel Paris (Bowl)

Lets get to the openers. Bancroft and Whiteman were arguably the best opening duo in the shield last season (besides maybe Harris and Dean) and they look to carry the load again. Shaun Marsh goes in at three in both teams. Cameron Green will bat 4 when available as he looks to be improving at a rapid rate with the bat which is a scary thought. Cartwright will bat at 5. He averaged 40 last season and can play a role with the ball but will be the 6th choice seamer in this squad. You could drop him, push everyone up one and play Kelly but this team already gives you enough bowling depth. Josh Inglis could be our second choice keeper at the moment across every format and he comes in at 6. A very handy gloveman and a dynamic batter. Mitch Marsh will come in at 7 and be more of a hitter in this side. As you can already see by now, this team bats deep due to the All-Rounder talent at its disposal. Aaron Hardie comes in at 8. He is probably more of a bowling All-Rounder but certainly no slouch with the stick with a top score of 174 not out. Ashton Agar probably will not play a stack but he comes in at 9 and provides the team with a quality spinner plus a lower order bat. Jhye Richardson and Joel Paris get the nod as they are in my opinion the two best bowlers WA have. Matthew Kelly is very stiff to miss but he will play most games this season as they will have players missing.

Team if Aussie Fringe Players are called up

1. Cameron Bancroft (Bat)

2. Sam Whiteman (Bat)

3. Shaun Marsh (Bat)

4. Hilton Cartwright (Bat-AR)

5. Ashton Turner (Bat-AR)

6. Teague Wyllie (Bat)

7. Josh Philippe (WK)

8. Aaron Hardie (AR)

9. Joel Paris (Bowl)

10. Matthew Kelly (Bowl)

11. Lance Morris (Bowl)

The only differences here is that Josh Philippe, the best back-up state keeper in the country will replace Inglis. There is an argument that if Inglis were around, you could play him as a bat over a Wyllie or Turner which would be appropriate I feel like. Ashton Turner will be the part time spinner in this side. Teague Wyllie looks like he could be anything and along with Cooper Connolly, Cameron Green and Aaron Hardie, WA will be in safe hands for a long time to come. Matthew Kelly and Lance Morris both make their way into the side. Behrendorff was strongly considered against Morris but Morris has that serious pace which cannot be taught. I did not elect for a spinner as I do not believe playing Rocchiccioli over any of the pacers is a good selection. At this current stage of their careers, Rocchiccioli does not provide enough to surpass any of them and I am a big believer in picking your best bowlers. Especially in Australia and WA where it seems to be less important.

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