The Bupa Sheffield Shield season resumes on Saturday and Western Warriors captain Adam Voges knows his side are on the brink of a historic achievement.
The second-placed Warriors face fifth-placed South Australia at the WACA Ground on Saturday with all three Australian domestic trophies in their sights.
“It’s alive, isn’t it? That’s the good thing about it,” said Voges. “It’s an opportunity to do something that no one ever has done before.
“We understand that and how exciting that could be, but we also understand we’ve got a hell of a lot of work to do before then,” he continued. “We’re looking forward to getting back into work with the red ball. We understand it’s something that is possible and it is a good opportunity.”
The Warriors received bad news a couple of days ago when paceman Jason Behrendorff was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the right side of his lower back which has ruled him out of the remainder of the BUPA Sheffield Shield season.
“I think he knew after the Big Bash he was going to get a good break,” Voges confirmed. “He’d bowled so well, led our attack brilliantly so it’s a real credit to him.
“He’s shown some real signs of toughness this year, coming off his sickbed to take seven wickets in the day-night game against Queensland and this, which is a real show of character for him.
“Unfortunately all young fast bowlers experience injury at some time. He’s very professional so he’ll do everything he can to get back on the park.”
As Behrendorff sits out the rest of the season, Nathan Coulter-Nile steps in, but is not yet completely match fit.
“We probably won’t pick him this week against South Australia,” Voges confirmed. “He needs to get a bit more bowling done before he becomes available.
“I see him playing a really big part in the back-end of our Shield season. We’ve got five games in five weeks, so our whole bowling depth is going to get tested a bit and Coults will be a big part of that.”
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