Voges steps up to stop WA rot
Adam Voges. Pic: Getty Images

New captain Adam Voges says he is ready for the responsibility of leading the Warriors out of their early-season slump, particularly with former skipper Marcus North's support.

Voges, who leads WA into today's home Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia, says it will be the first time he has been able to call on North's experience when leading a WA team.

Voges has had plenty of experience at the helm of WA, but only in a temporary role when permanent skipper North has been absent.

"It was a bit of a difficult one with Northy standing down and then Huss (Mike Hussey) taking over for the shield game in Melbourne, then I did the one-day game and it wasn't until I got back from Melbourne that I got confirmation that I was going to do it for the rest of the year," Voges said.

"When I have done the captaincy in the past it has only been when Marcus has been missing - either playing for Australia or injury.

"I have always felt like I have just been looking after things until he got back.

"I feel like I can really put a stamp on things and do things my way, and the other thing is I will have him in the team which I have never had before. I really see that as a big positive, to be able to use him, his experience as well while I am out there.

"I am really excited about the challenge that lies ahead.

"It has been a disappointing start but there is a long way to go and I am looking forward to working hard with the boys and getting our season back on track."

The Warriors welcome back opener Liam Davis and paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile for the match against the Redbacks at the WACA Ground.

Voges says he wants the spasmodic bursts of good cricket the team has played extended over the four days of this match.

"Obviously (we need) a positive result. The way we played our shield game in Melbourne we didn't get the result we wanted but I saw some really positive signs there," he said.

"We need to play our style and our brand of cricket for a long period of time. We have done it in patches this year but we haven't put together four days of good, hard, solid cricket yet.

"That is what I will be asking of the boys and that is what I will be expecting of them this week."

Voges said it was too early to speculate on the influence Justin Langer would have on the team.

Langer is expected to be confirmed as the new coach this week.

"If it is JL then we will certainly welcome that," Voges said.

"I am sure that if he does come into the set-up then the boys will know exactly where they stand.

"We will wait until the end of the Test to confirm that and then once we get that we can go forward."

Voges would welcome Shaun Marsh back if he was in the right frame of mind and had better form.

"I think Shaun has got a massive role to play in WA cricket," Voges said. "It is disappointing that he is out of the team at the moment but all he can do is go out and score as many runs as possible and make sure he gets into the team as soon as possible."

The West Australian

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