Ashton Turner and Simon Mackin in line for Warriors Shield debuts

The Western Warriors have made three changes from the side which drew with Queensland with two youngsters in line to make their Bupa Sheffield Shield debuts against Tasmania commencing in Hobart on Sunday.

Promising all-rounder Ashton Turner (20) and fast-medium bowler Simon Mackin (21) have been named in the 12-man squad and are in the mix to debut, while Melville opener Luke Towers also comes into the side.

Towers replaced Marcus North in the WA side during the Queensland match, following the tragic death of the ex-Test batsman’s brother. The 25-year-old batsman retains his spot at the top of the order. North remains on indefinite leave and is unavailable.

Top-order batsman John Rogers has been omitted from the Warriors squad, while Nathan Coulter-Nile is unavailable having been placed on stand-by for Australia’s third Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test at the WACA Ground starting Friday week.

Western Warriors coach Justin Langer said there was no timeframe or expectation on the return of North, who is this season’s Shield top run scorer.

“Given the tragedy of Marcus North’s situation there’s zero expectation from us,” Langer said. “Family comes first in every situation. He’ll be missed obviously, but we’re fully supportive of him.”

Langer was enthused by the possibility of another two debutants, having already given debuts to local talents Cameron Bancroft and Will Bosisto in the Shield this season.

“It’s another indication that we’re looking to promote our young Western Australian cricketers,” Langer said. “We’ve had a number of debuts this year and this is another opportunity to see a 20 and 21-year-old pull on the black cap and show us what they’ve got.”

On Turner, Langer said: “He got 170 in club cricket a few weeks ago and got 60 against England at the WACA. He’s earned the right to play with his batting but he gives us an off-spin option with Marcus North unavailable.”

Langer said he was impressed by tall right-arm fast-medium bowler Mackin’s three-wicket haul for the Chairman’s XI against England last week, which included the dismissals of Ian Bell, Joe Root and Matt Prior.

The WA coach also said Towers, who was dismissed for a golden duck against the Bulls, deserved another chance following excellent Futures League and club form, having made two centuries for Melville already this season.

Rogers, 26, misses out having not made a half-century in his past eight innings and Langer said the No.3 batsman would continue to work hard to earn his place back.

“He knows he’s had some opportunities to capitalise on some great starts and hasn’t been able to do that,” Langer said. “He’s shown exciting signs, he’s been brilliant around the team and we love his work ethic, but he’s aware you need to keep performing at a high level all the time to be selected for WA.”

WA: Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Ryan Duffield, Michael Hogan, Simon Mackin, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Luke Towers, Ashton Turner, Sam Whiteman

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