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WA primed for tilt at back to back: Kelly

WA seamer Matt Kelly says his team are excited about the prospect of pulling off a clean sweep of domestic titles for the second consecutive year.

Adam Voges’ side will look to add to their Big Bash League and One Day Cup success in the Sheffield Shield final against Victoria, which starts tomorrow.

Kelly told Sports Breakfast the squad wasn’t taking the opportunity for granted.

“It’s cool to think about, it’s obviously great motivation to be able to do that, it’s never been done before,” Kelly said.

“It’s an exciting thing to think about, you never go into a season thinking we’re gonna win all three, it’d be nice to be in one of them.

“To be able to be a part of all three is fantastic and hopefully at the end of this week we can say we’ve done it."

Kelly said it was a privellege to be part of a successful era in WA cricket.

“It’s a really great team to be a part of, it goes from the management staff and the high performance staff and the coach as well into the whole squad,” he said.

“I think one thing that we pride ourselves on is a team-first approach, I think you ask anyone, they enjoy everyone else’s success more than their own, and I think that’s something that sets us apart.

“I think that’s held us in really good stead over the last couple of years, and hopefully we can continue to grow that. The young players coming through have an opportunity to learn and feed off older players who are really experienced. You look at someone like Shaun Marsh for example, right up until his last day of service to WA cricket he was always there helping younger players, and that’s something we want to continue doing.”

Kelly has had an outstanding individual season, sitting fifth on the red ball wickets tally with 29 at an average of just 15.89 despite playing only seven games.

The 28 year old paid tribute to his teammates for his success.

“It’s also very nice when you’ve got a very strong bowling attack and you can feed off your bowlers at the other end. We’ve had Joel Paris who’s been fantastic with the new ball and then obviously Lance Morris who’s bowled really fast and aggressive,” he said.

“For me it’s been great to have an impact this year, I’ve had a few years where I’ve played a lot of games and probably not had the impact I would’ve liked, so to be at the end of the season in the final and have the season I’ve had, it’s really exciting.

“I think as you get older and you play more games, you probably figure out what your strengths are and you probably know your role a little bit better, and I’ve managed to work that out more so this year.”

The final kicks off at 10am tomorrow at the WACA Ground and is being broadcast live on 91.3 SportFM.

IMAGE: PerthNow.


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