The WACA had one senior leader in coach Justin Langer with a fierce desire to improve WA cricket.

Now it has two.

Ten years after he last led a WA team, veteran Simon Katich will captain Perth Scorchers at this summer's Big Bash tournament.

And Katich said the frustration that prompted him to blow the whistle on Perth's booze culture at the Champions League in South Africa last month, would drive his bid for Scorchers redemption.

"What is done is done," Katich said. "We had a golden opportunity to do really well at an international tournament and we didn't.

"It was a missed opportunity that we will never get back but hopefully the disappointment of that tournament will hurt the guys and spur us on to have a better Big Bash."

But Perth's task to repeat their feat in reaching the inaugural Big Bash final has been dealt a severe blow with the hamstring injury to Mitch Marsh likely to prevent him playing again this season.

Marsh is due to have a further assessment in Melbourne this week but it appears that his left hamstring has torn away from his pelvis in a similar injury to those suffered by footballers Daniel Kerr and Nick Riewoldt in recent seasons.

Marsh faces a six-month rehabilitation period if such an injury is confirmed. Perth have already lost paceman Pat Cummins to spinal stress fractures while South African all-rounder Albie Morkel's permission to play has been revoked by his home board.

The Scorchers will have to name replacements for the trio by Friday week, with former NSW paceman Burt Cockley, who plays club cricket for Midland-Guildford, and original Scorcher Ryan Duffield leading the list of potential additions.

"These are the sort of things that all teams are going through," Katich said.

"Mitch's injury is a huge blow because he is a crucial player but there will be a young player in our squad who gets an opportunity.

"We saw that in South Africa where Joe Mennie got an opportunity and did really well or last year when (Nathan) Coulter-Nile stood up and did brilliantly."

Katich said Perth's work ethic was their major strength last summer and the loss of that driving force was the most significant element in explaining the poor Champions League campaign.

He predicted that work rate would improve dramatically under Langer.

"We trained hard last summer and we saw the results but we also had a lot of fun," Katich said.

"Going into the Champions League tournament the vibe was less energetic but maybe we didn't sum up the conditions well enough."

Langer was delighted to have his former WA and Australian teammate at the helm.

"Simon is as tough as they come … he is a person I would stand in the trenches next to," Langer said.

"He is a very good selection."


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"What is done is done … It was a missed opportunity that we will never get back." " New Scorchers captain *Simon Katich *on the Champions League debacle * *

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