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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

Selection meetings “challenging”: Casson

WA assistant coach Beau Casson has admitted fitting a world class squad into eleven playing spots is “challenging”.

Adam Voges’ side added more silverware to their cabinet on Wednesday with a 181 run win over South Australia in the Marsh One Day Cup Final at the WACA Ground, with former Australian representatives D’Arcy Short, Hilton Cartwright, and Joel Paris among the players unable to find a position in the side.

Casson told Sports Breakfast the attitude of the players left out of the team was consistently excellent.

“We’re trying to console Adam (Voges) by saying as a selection group these are good problems to have, and I suppose the comment we always leave the table with is we’re still trying to find where those good problems are, because you feel like you’re letting someone down that’s been playing exceptionally well,” Casson said.

“D’Arcy was our, before this game, second leading run-scorer, the partnership with Josh Phillipe has been incredible this year, it’s really poked the opposition on the chest and put them on the back foot, but with the riches of players coming back in, the likes of Mitch Marsh, (Marcus) Stoinis, it was always going to be a tough decision to make.

“We’re fortunate with a really strong playing group, a real squad mentality, and guys are waiting in the wings to not only be selected but they’re actually looking to dominate as soon as they play, so really lucky at the moment.”

The one day win was WA’s sixteenth overall but their first at home since 2000, with Casson saying the parochial WACA crowd gave the players some extra motivation.

“To be able to do it in front of loved ones (was great). Celebrated with parents, friends, family in the change rooms the other night, to be able to enjoy it, wonderful,” he said.

“It’s not happened [as often as we would’ve liked] on the shores of WA, but (it was good) to be able to repay the people that have been able to follow us, even though it’s been from afar.”

The Sheffield Shield title is all that remains as WA look for a clean sweep of domestic men’s titles for the second consecutive season, with a home red ball final locked in beginning on 23rd of March.

WA will take on Victoria in their final regular season fixture starting this Tuesday before meeting either them or Queensland in the season decider, with Casson saying some rotation in the team was possible.

“We’re always trying to manage players through a season, particularly when it comes to workloads and how much cricket they’ve played, but I think that’s the luxury we have,”

“You’ve got to earn your opportunity to play for WA and this will be no different. I’m sure we’ll have a good twelve to take on Victoria next week, but you’re always looking forward to the next game as well to make sure we’ve got everyone fit, firing, and ready to go.”

IMAGE: The West Australian.


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