Cricket: Western Warriors ready for Shield tilt says skipper Voges

Cricket: Western Warriors ready for Shield tilt says skipper Voges

THE Western Warriors will start its 2016-17 season with the Matador Cup this weekend.

Captain Adam Voges told an audience at the WA Cricket Association (WACA) season launch yesterday that it had been a tough pre-season for the players at home.

Voges said four Warriors had represented Australia, including Shaun Marsh, while Michael Klinger had dominated in English County Cricket.

“We’ve had seven new players join the list this year,” he said.

“The real hard work starts now.

“The message is simple… pre-season is done now and the season is here and it’s up to us to do the little things on and off the field that makes the difference between winning and losing.”

Head coach Justin Langer compared the Warriors’ preseason to the AFL.

“I’ve got friends in the AFL and we are so different because 16 of our contracted players aren’t with us,” Langer said.

“But it gives us a great opportunity to increase our depth.”

Voges said season 2016-17 was about winning a Sheffield Shield for WA.

“It’s been 17 years since we’ve held the shield, we’ve come close a couple of times,” he said.

“The guys who played in the winning Sheffield Shield team, their eyes light up when they talk about those memories.”