Simon Katich has not played for the Warriors since he left in 2002 to join New South Wales. Photo: Getty Images
Simon Katich is set to make his long awaited return to the Western Warriors batting line-up.
The former Australian Test opener was named today in a squad of 16 that will leave Perth on Wednesday for the revamped RYOBI One-Day Cup.
Katich has not played for the Warriors since he left in 2002 to join New South Wales in a bit to return to the Australian side.
The Warriors also surprisingly named Shaun Marsh in their squad.
Marsh suffered a hamstring injury in England while playing for Australia in the One Day series and was initially expected to miss the start of the Warrior's domestic season.
Coach Justin Langer says that Marsh's availability for this week's games remains subject to him passing a fitness test.
Katich's return to his home state has been a couple of years in the making, as he has captained the Perth Scorchers in T20 competition for the past two seasons.
Langer said Katich would add valuable experience to the young squad. He played 45 One Day Internationals for Australia between January 2001 and September 2006 making 1324 runs at an average of 35.78, including a top score of 107 (not out) against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in February 2006.
''We've got a great opportunity with Simon Katich here to provide some real leadership for the group,'' Langer said.
''He has agreed to play the final four matches of the RYOBI One-Day Cup which presents a fantastic opportunity for our young guys to rub shoulders with and learn off someone with his experience and knowledge of the game.
''We've seen the example of Ricky Ponting at State level and we hope Kat can have a similar impact on our group.''
The Warriors will play Queensland on Friday at Bankstown Oval in a revised carnival format which sees all states compete in the one city over one month.
Michael Beer will captain the side in the absence of Adam Voges who, along with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Johnson, will miss the domestic tournament due to international commitments with the Australian limited overs team in India.
Injuries have ruled out Mitch Marsh (hamstring), Liam Davis (finger) and Joel Paris (quad) from the tournament.
Seven bowlers, including five fast bowlers, have been named in the squad.
Langer said the selection of seven bowlers was necessary due to his side's busy schedule, on the back of the Perth Scorchers' 2013 Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 campaign which included several squad members.
''When you've got six games in 11 days it's going to put a strain on our bowlers, so we're covering all bases with five fast bowlers selected,''' Langer said.
The Warriors squad:
Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Burt Cockley, Ryan Duffield, Marcus Harris, Simon Katich, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Nathan Rimmington, John Rogers, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman
Friday 11 October – Western Warriors v Queensland – Bankstown Oval – LIVE ON GEM
Sunday 13 October – Western Warriors v NSW – Hurstville
Tuesday 15 October – Western Warriors v Victoria – North Sydney Oval – LIVE ON GEM
Thursday 17 October – Western Warriors v SA – Drummoyne
Saturday 19 October – Western Warriors v Tasmania – Blacktown
Tuesday 22 October – Western Warriors v Queensland – North Sydney Oval – LIVE ON GEM