Michael Beer honoured to lead Warriors into Ryobi Cup battle

Michael Beer says he’s “honoured and excited” about taking up the Western Australia captaincy for the RYOBI One-Day Cup which gets underway for the Warriors on Friday against Queensland Bulls.

981832-16017951-640-360Beer will skipper the side during the Sydney-based carnival-style tournament in the absence of Adam Voges who is away with the Australian limited overs squad in India.

Speaking ahead of WA’s opening match at the RYOBI Cup, the 29-year-old spinner revealed his excitement at taking up the skipper’s role.

“I’m really honoured and excited,” Beer said. “I’m quite lucky, I’ve got quite an experienced group in the squad with Marcus North, Simon Katich and Shaun Marsh around me, so it’ll be good to lead the boys. Hopefully we can get as many wins as possible and maybe bring back the title.”

Beer revealed coach Justin Langer hinted to him after the recent Champions League T20 campaign with the Perth Scorchers he would be in line for the RYOBI Cup captaincy.

“Justin Langer mentioned it to me on the flight home from India and confirmed it on Monday morning when I went to training,” he added. “I’m quite chuffed, it’s a great honour.”

The squad arrived in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon, and on Thursday morning got their first look at the Bankstown Oval wicket, where they will face the Bulls on Friday.

Cricket+bat+and+balls+genericSides have found it difficult to score big totals at Bankstown so far during the RYOBI Cup, although Wednesday’s match saw South Australia and Tasmania both post in excess of 250.

“We’ve seen a couple of games on TV and the scores have been a bit lower, it seems to be a bit of a slow, lower wicket,” Beer said. “Hopefully we can adapt to that well as quick as possible. Our game will be prepared for that. That’s something every team is up against, but playing the conditions, if we can do that well, it’ll take us a long way to winning the games.”

The Bulls are the reigning RYOBI Cup champions and Beer said they had a side full of match-winners but earmarked experienced duo Nathan Hauritz and James Hopes as the danger men.

“I think they’ve got a couple of danger players. You can’t go past their international experienced players in Hauritz and Hopes,” he said. “You’ll see in those sorts of conditions their experience will shine. But they are a very talented even group, that’s one thing about the Queensland side, they’ve got a lot of match-winners but we do too, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Squads:

Warriors: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Michael Beer (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Burt Cockley, Ryan Duffield, Marcus Harris, Simon Katich, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Nathan Rimmington, John Rogers, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman

Queensland Bulls: Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Matthew Gale, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes (capt), Chris Lynn, Greg Moller, Michael Neser, Nathan Reardon, Usman Khawaja.

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