Mitch Marsh will bowl as many overs as required when WA take on South Australia today in a match that could decide which State ends a Sheffield Shield final drought.
Marsh has not yet bowled for WA after returning from a severe hamstring injury that sidelined him for three months.
But after WA completed their final training session at Adelaide Oval yesterday, Warriors coach Justin Langer confirmed that the young all-rounder was primed to return to the bowling crease.
"He will bowl as much as we need," Langer said.
"It depends on what is needed and remembering that Michael Hogan and Ashton Agar can bowl so many overs in their spells.
"Mitch might bowl a few here or there to break things up a bit."
Nathan Coulter-Nile will bolster the attack after returning from Australia A duties while Burt Cockley, who impressed with his pace and hostility on debut against Tasmania last week, will retain his place.
Langer said WA considered calling up another spinner but opted to stick with three right-arm quicks and Agar.
Left-arm paceman Jason Behrendorff will be 12th man.
One-Test paceman Peter George flew back to Adelaide yesterday after playing the first two days of the second XI match at the WACA Ground.
George is likely to play for South Australia if swing bowler Chadd Sayers fails a fitness test on his injured side this morning.
While it has been more than a decade since either team played in a shield final - WA won at their last appearance in 1998-99 while SA held off the Warriors in a controversial finish in 1995-96 - Langer said he could not afford to think about the consequences of victory.
WA have won their past two matches despite being dismissed for 111 and 97 in the first innings so Langer's focus remains on performing well from the start of the game.
"I'm not worried about the shield final," Langer said.
"All I know is that we have come from behind in the past few shield games so we have to focus on getting day one right.
"It is brilliant for the confidence of our players to come from behind and know they can win from anywhere but what is most important is that we nail day one and try to control the game."
WA have only passed 250 three times this season - in each of their wins - and Langer pointed to the vulnerable top-order batting as the area that needed most attention.
"There have been 13 out of 16 innings this year where we haven't nailed our batting," he said.
"That is an area that we have to look after.
"The foundation of any good cricket team is the top three.
"Our openers are working hard and we keep building them up but let's hope they get some results."
The depth of SA's fast bowling has been tested with Kane Richardson, Gary Putland, Daniel Worrall and Jake Haberfield all injured, while last season's Test 12th man Dan Christian is out of favour and playing in the second XI.
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