Emageo duo Jason Behrendorff and Will Bosisto have been picked for WA’s tilt at defending their Matador title.
Behrendorff will play for the first time in 7 months following injury while Bosisto, the former Australian U19 captain, could play his first domestic one-day match since a one-off appearance in 2012.
Monday weeks season opener against South Australia can’t come quick enough for Behrendorff.
He hasn’t played a first class match since February, when a stress fracture to his lower back ended his best season of cricket
Remarkably his form in all three formats was that good he was still crowned the Australian Domestic Player of the Year, and if his training is anything to go by he is only going to get better.
In a scary thought for opposition batsman, the 25-year-old says the break has allowed him to increase his pace, whilst maintaining his trademark late swing.
“I joked around with a couple of the boys whether I’d still be able to actually do it. So it’s a positive sign that I can still bowl, that’s really handy,” he said.
“I’m just really excited to be doing what I love doing and I can’t wait to actually bowl a ball in anger in a game” he told perthnow.com.au
While for Bosisto a middle order spot in the Warriors lineup would be just reward for a huge off season, where he has been one of Justin Langer’s best performers.
He is likely to compete with Tom Beaton for a batting spot in the middle order.
Since he was a teenager, Bosisto has been touted as one of the best young talents in the country.
His resume reading like many of the countries best-ever cricketers.
The 21-year-old starred as a junior for both WA and for Australia, culminating in his effort at the U/19 World Cup in 2012.
As captain of his country, Bosisto was the tournaments top scorer, notching 87 in the final and was named player of the tournament.