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Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors coach Justin Langer says the selectors will wait until Saturday morning to decide whether to play rookie Cam Green or spinner D’Arcy Short against Victoria.
The fifth-placed Warriors face the ladder leading Bushrangers in a Sheffield Shield match starting on Saturday 10.30am at the WACA Ground.
WA named a 12-player squad on Thursday, with Langer admitting he was tossing up between Green or Short, confirming left-armer Jason Behrendorff would return after a fractured fibula.
"We’ll make a decision tomorrow on whether we go with Cameron Green who had a brilliant debut or whether we go with D’Arcy Short the spinner,” Langer said.
"A lot will depend on the wicket, it’s got a bit of grass on it at the moment. We’ll have a look in the morning and decide on it.”
Langer likened 17-year-old Green to South African legend Shaun Pollock, following his stunning debut in Tasmania where he took seven wickets.
"In the first game he swung the ball naturally,” Langer said.
"He’s got a really natural action. He’s a bit like a tall Shaun Pollock.
"A really easy natural action and because of that he swings the ball and because of his height he gets great bounce.
"It’s going to be really exciting to see him bowl at the WACA, whether it’s this game or the next few games it’s exciting to watch.”
Langer also hailed the return of Behrendorff, having missed the past three Shield games, all ironically wins for WA.
"It’s so good to have him back,” he said.
"He’s a really important part of Western Australian cricket. He’s such a consummate professional.
"He does everything literally possible to be on the park. He bowled beautifully in the second XI and has got a bit of cricket under his belt.
"He’s raring to go. I can’t wait to see him bowl tomorrow.”
Langer said the Vics represented a good test for WA, who realistically need to win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the final alive.
"I’ve said to our players and publicly, I’ll get a good feel on how we’re going in Shield cricket in how we play Victoria,” the WA coach said.
"They tend to bully us to be honest. All I know is we’ve won our past three games and we’re playing good cricket. We’ve got to keep trusting that.
"Simon Mackin has been outstanding, Behrendorff is coming back. We know we’ll need to bat well against James Pattinson, Scott Boland and Chris Tremain, they’ll do well here at the WACA.
"We’ve got to bat very disciplined.”
Western Australia v Victoria
Sheffield Shield – Round Eight
25-28 February 2017, 10.30am WST
Broadcast: SportFM 91.3 | Live Streaming/Scores:Cricket.com.au
Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors squad: Adam Voges (c), Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, David Moody, D’Arcy Short, Ashton Turner, Jonathan Wells
Victoria Bushrangers: Cameron White (c), Scott Boland, Dan Christian, Travis Dean, Aaron Finch, Seb Gotch, Marcus Harris, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Tremain