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Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors skipper Adam Voges was full of praise for record-breaking paceman Jason Behrendorff but also 17-year-old Cameron Green after his own heroics.
While Behrendorff took 14 wickets in Sunday’s emphatic Sheffield Shield win over Victoria at the WACA Ground, finishing with the ninth best figures in competition history, Green impressed his WA team-mates and coaches in his own way.
The rookie dislocated his knee while batting in the nets prior to the resumption on Sunday, but with the aid of physiotherapist Nick Jones was able to take his place.
Green smashed 45 with the bat in a vital cameo which included three sixes off James Pattinson, before taking three wickets with the ball as Victoria were rolled for 130.
"We actually didn’t think we’d get anything out of him today,” Voges told reporters.
"It’s a huge credit to Nick Jones to get him on to the park.
"For a 17-year-old kid to come out after dislocating his knee this morning, get 40 and take three wickets is a pretty big effort.”
Behrendorff’s 14-89 for the match was the second best figures in WA’s first class history, just behind Terry Alderman’s 14-87 in 1981. All this in his return from a leg injury.
"He attacked the stumps,” Voges said. "He asked good questions the whole time, kept putting balls in good areas and I thought we caught exceptionally well this game.
"To get Jason Behrendorff back at the back-end of the season has been crucial, he was absolutely brilliant.
"When you have a bloke take 14 wickets you’re going to win more than you lose.”
Voges added about the bowling display: "That’s right up there. Obviously Jason was magnificent.
"I thought our whole bowling group, just the areas, the consistency and the pressure we were able to apply.
"I think back to our first game of the year against South Australia, we didn’t have any of that.
"It’s a young group that’s learning but if we continue to put performances in like that as a bowling unit we’ll continue to put pressure on teams and keep taking 20 wickets.”
The win was also Voges’ 23rd as WA skipper taking him past John Inverarity on the state’s list for most victories as captain.
"It’s a nice achievement,” Voges said. "I had no idea about it until a couple of games ago.
"To now hold that record is something that I’m extremely proud of to be able lead WA for the amount of times that I have. I’d certainly like to win a couple more this year.”WA are next in action on Wednesday 8 March against Victoria in Alice Springs.