Western Australia cricket team
|Colours:||gold and black|
|Home ground:||WACA Ground|
|First-class debut:||South Australia
at Adelaide Oval
|Ford Ranger Cup wins:||11|
The Western Australia cricket team, aka the Western Warriors, are an Australian cricket team representing the state of Western Australia. The team is governed by the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA), and plays most of its home games at the WACA Ground in Perth, having also hosted games at Fremantle Oval in Fremantle and Hands Oval in Bunbury. The team mainly plays matches against other Australian states in the first-class Sheffield Shield competition and the List A Ryobi One-Day Cup, but also plays matches against touring international sides. Western Australia is currently defunct as a Twenty20 team, being replaced by the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League for the 2011–12 season.
The current coach of Western Australia is Justin Langer and the current captain is Adam Voges. Notable players for Western Australia who also played for the Australian cricket team include Rod Marsh and Dennis Lillee, who are inductees of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, and Bob Simpson, Kim Hughes, Geoff Marsh, Adam Gilchrist and Mike Hussey, who each captained Australia whilst playing for Western Australia.
Since joining the Sheffield Shield in 1947/48, Western Australia has won the competition 15 times, second only to New South Wales in that period. In the one-day Ford Ranger Cup competition, the team leads the winners table comfortably with 11 wins followed by New South Wales with 8 wins.
In 1994, WACA Chief Executive Officer Chris Smith commissioned a survey of school-children into the comparative popularity and recognition of state cricketers compared with AFL stars of the West Coast Eagles and basketballers from the Perth Wildcats. 90% recognised AFL names, 75% recognised basketballers, but only 30% recognised state cricketer's names. Smith embarked on a concerted campaign to improve the penetration of cricket into the school system as well as marketing the team more widely. As part of the marketing strategy, the 'Western Warriors' brand was launched officially for the start of the 1996–97 season, following the similar launch of the 'Queensland Bulls' a couple of years earlier.
Western Australia won the short-lived Champions Cup in 2001.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Contract Type & Notes|
|12||Tom Beaton||28 November 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|14||Marcus Harris||21 July 1992||Left-handed||—|
|20||Shaun Marsh||9 July 1983||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||Cricket Australia contract|
|29||John Rogers||11 April 1987||Left-handed||Left-arm medium|
|39||Will Bosisto||8 September 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Rookie contract|
|–||Michael Klinger||4 July 1980||Right-handed||—|
|–||Jaron Morgan||27 September 1995||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break||Rookie contract|
|10||Mitchell Marsh||20 October 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|17||Ashton Turner||25 January 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|32||Adam Voges||4 October 1979||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||Captain|
|35||Hilton Cartwright||14 February 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Rookie contract|
|4||Cam Bancroft||19 November 1992||Right-handed||—|
|9||Sam Whiteman||19 March 1992||Left-handed||—|
|3||Joel Paris||12 November 1992||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
|5||Jason Behrendorff||20 April 1990||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|11||Nathan Rimmington||11 November 1982||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|13||Nathan Coulter-Nile||11 October 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm fast|
|18||Ashton Agar||14 October 1993||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|19||Michael Beer||9 June 1984||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|25||Mitchell Johnson||2 November 1981||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium||Cricket Australia contract|
|30||Matt Dixon||12 June 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
|33||Simon Mackin||1 September 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|41||Ryan Duffield||20 June 1988||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|68||Andrew Tye||12 December 1986||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|–||David Moody||28 April 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Rookie contract|
Lists of players
Main article: List of Western Australia first-class cricketers
Main article: List of Western Australia List A cricketers
Main article: List of Western Australia Twenty20 cricketers
- "Langer appointed head coach of WA". ABC News. 14 November 2012.
- Barker A.J. (1997). The WACA: An Australian Cricket Success Story. Allen & Unwin, St. Leonard. pp. 315–6.
- Official Website of the Western Australian Cricket Association
- Official Website of Cricket Australia