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Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors coach Justin Langer says he expects left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff to return for the side’s next Sheffield Shield game against Victoria.
WA’s win over Tasmania has moved the side to within 4.01 points of second spot, after South Australia lost to leaders Victoria while New South Wales and Queensland drew their contest.
The Warriors face the ladder leaders on Saturday week at the WACA Ground and are expected to be bolstered by the return of Behrendorff who hasn’t played since sustaining a fractured fibula away to Queensland in November.
"I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t play next game,” Langer told reporters.
"That’s really positive for us. Joel Paris and Nathan Coulter-Nile still won’t be available.
"When you’ve got young bowlers like Simon Mackin, David Moody and now Cameron Green, you need those senior bowlers around.
"We’re looking forward to seeing Jason back, he was our best bowler prior to the Big Bash.”
Langer was full of praise for 17-year-old debutant Green who took a record-breaking five-wicket haul in the first innings and finished with seven dismissals for the match.
"Cameron Green, 17-year-old on debut, that’s as good a spell as I’ve ever seen from anyone in a debut game,” Langer said.
"His first innings was quite extraordinary, fast bouncing out-swingers as a 17-year-old. That was the highlight.”
Langer was upbeat about WA’s hopes of qualifying for the Shield final, with the side bouncing back strongly after losing their first four games.
"We’ve got to play the Vics twice and we’ve got two home games at the WACA so we’ve given ourselves a chance,” he said.