Adam Voges has provided a stark indictment of WA's poor work ethic in recent seasons under three separate coaches by identifying improved endeavour as the key to the form resurgence of the past two months.
After completing a running session involving a century of 20m sprints, a staple under coach Justin Langer, Voges was adamant that the better results were directly linked to a tougher training regime.
The Warriors have won their past two Sheffield Shield matches to remain alive in the competition.
The game against second-placed South Australia, starting at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, will determine whether WA can make their first final in 14 seasons.
"The results of the past two months are a direct result of the work we have been doing over the past two months," Voges said.
"We have been running hard, working hard in the gym and having high intensity with our skills.
"This (100 sprints) has become pretty standard over the past six or eight weeks and is now becoming more of a norm rather than an exception.
"If we can continue to keep winning and playing well, sessions like these are no problem for the guys."
Voges also said WA's ability to have fast bowlers fit at the end of the season was a critical difference to recent years when the team fell away on the verge of the shield final.
But WA's resurgence has come with openers Liam Davis and Marcus Harris both struggling to have an impact.
Davis has scored a paltry 224 runs at 18.67 this season, while Harris has 364 at 22.75, including a century against the Redbacks at the WACA Ground in November.
The pair's average opening stand is just 22.50, the second-lowest return of any regular pair in shield history behind South Australia's 1990s duo David Fitzgerald and Ben Johnson.
While Voges pointed to the tough batting conditions against the new ball at the WACA Ground, he is aware that WA cannot continue to rely on the match-winning contributions from the tail that set up victories over Queensland and Tasmania.
The Warriors were dismissed for 111 and 97 in the first innings of those matches.
"It has been a tough year for Harry and Liam but they are working hard and doing extra work with JL," Voges said.
"In this game, it could be one innings that turns things around very quickly."They are both very talented players and come Adelaide if one or both of them get the innings that turns them around and gets us off to a great start that will be a good thing."
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