Sheffield Shield final star Brendon Julian has urged the Warriors to continue to play with great aggression and freedom in their bid to mirror the successful teams of the late 1990s.
As the WA selectors consider promoting young opener Cam Bancroft for a shield debut against Queensland this week, Julian was confident the long final drought was poised to end.
Julian produced blazing innings in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 shield finals to set up WA victories.
The Warriors have not qualified for a final in the 14 seasons since the last triumph, but Julian identified clear parallels between that success and the current team.
WA will probably have to beat Queensland outright at the WACA Ground this week and rely on Victoria or South Australia not getting six points to qualify for the final.
"We were up and down all that year and scraped over the line a couple of times but managed to get our act together towards the end of the season," Julian said.
"The current WA team seems to have that momentum and belief that they can win from anywhere.
"This team might have the same sort of confidence because they have been getting over the line from tough positions."
The jubilant Warriors players returned to Perth yesterday after beating the Redbacks by one wicket at Adelaide Oval to get within two points of top-placed Victoria.
Last pair Ashton Agar and Michael Hogan put on 68 to secure the victory, the biggest 10th-wicket stand to win a shield match.
Coach Justin Langer was delighted with the win but concerned about WA's fragile upper order.
"It was a miracle," he said.
"I would like an easier victory.
"We have three come-from- behind wins which is a great sign about the character of the players but it would be nice to get an easier victory somewhere along the line.
"Our bowling has been excellent but we still have to make more runs, particularly in first innings."
WA are considering dropping Liam Davis and bringing in Bancroft for the crucial match against the Bulls.
After a break-out 2011-12 season that brought 921 runs and a triple century, Davis has managed just 267 runs at 19.07 this summer.
Bancroft scored only two runs in three one-day games last season but is highly regarded for his work ethic and correct technique.Langer has a more welcome selection headache in the bowling department with back-up pacemen Ryan Duffield and Nathan Rimmington both producing 10-wicket hauls in club cricket this week.
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