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Talent is cheap in Langer s regime
Talent is cheap in Langer's regime

Coach Justin Langer has issued a warning that talent alone will no longer guarantee you a place in WA's best 11.

On the eve of the Warriors taking the first step towards resurrecting a dismal Sheffield Shield season against NSW at Blacktown, the Langer regime took another step towards the future by dumping former skipper Marcus North from the one-day squad for next week's Ryobi Cup game.

Today's match will be Langer's second shield game in charge, the first being a loss to Tasmania by an innings and 188 runs in November.

That loss condemned the Warriors to the bottom of the ladder with just one win from five games.

But the new dawn breaks today with as many as four new players - spinner Ashton Agar, former Tasmanian batsman John Rogers, all-rounder Hilton Cartwright and paceman Simon Mackin - in line to make their WA debuts on the back of impressive form in club and representative cricket.

And Australian under-19 paceman Joel Paris was added to the one-day squad after a 10-wicket haul in club cricket.

"One thing I'm certain about is that we have to get back to having the foundation of WA cricket coming from our club cricket," Langer said. "I think for too long players have been rewarded for reputation or purely on talent. As long as I've been around the Australian system that's not the best way.

"You've got to reward people for performance, not just talent.

"That's why these young guys have been selected."

The four newcomers have been named in a 12-man shield squad, with the final call on selection to be made this morning.

One player guaranteed to play is left-arm spinner Agar, who will bowl in place of Michael Beer.

Beer injured a shoulder at training on Monday.

Langer said Agar's debut was exciting for the Warriors.

"I saw him bowl on Christmas Day a few years ago, he got Ricky Ponting out in the nets. I remember he gave a fist punch to himself without anyone knowing," Langer said.

"He's a great competitor. He can field, he can bat, he's just had a great under-19s tournament."

Langer said North's poor one-day form had cost him his spot.

"We have had to make the decision to leave him out for this game on the back of his form," he said.

"It's a great opportunity to have a look at Joel Paris.

"It is an exciting time in WA cricket with the young talent that is coming through."

  • Squads: Shield: *Mike Hussey (capt), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Marcus Harris, Michael Hogan, Simon Mackin, Marcus North, John Rogers, Sam Whiteman. *One-day * *: *Adam Voges (capt), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Michael Hogan, Mike Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, John Rogers, Sam Whiteman.

You've got to reward people for performance, not just talent." *Justin Langer *

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