It's been 21 long years since WA last captured the Sheffield Shield, and Adam Voges’ men have been forthright about their ambition to end that drought this summer.

An extended preseason, coupled with lively centre-wicket training sessions, has the travelling 17-man squad well-prepared for the Shield season.

Cameron Gannon, last summer's leading Shield wicket-taker, is all but certain to make his WA debut on Saturday and will add experience to a potent bowling attack.

Cameron Bancroft has been backed by the coaching staff to regain his form after a disappointing 2019-20 campaign and will open the batting alongside Sam Whiteman across the opening four fixtures.

Jake Carder, who scored an impressive 120 for Fremantle last weekend, remains in Perth to play Premier Cricket.

The evergreen Shaun Marsh enters his 20th domestic season for WA and will anchor the innings at number three and skipper the side in the absence of brother Mitch.

Following a breakout season with the bat last year, Cameron Green is a certainty for the starting eleven but will play as a batsman only in the initial stages.

The allrounder continues to fine-tune a revised bowling action designed to prevent further stress fractures on his 21-year-old frame.

Josh Inglis will continue as the first-choice wicketkeeper, while Ashton Agar will be used as a spin-bowling allrounder.

With the team training together since June, Voges says the squad has done a mountain of work and are ready to get the season underway.

“It’s been no secret that we’re desperate to perform really well and compete well in the Shield competition,” he said.

“We made a couple of changes in the off-season to fill a couple of the areas we felt we were lacking in a little bit.

“Cameron Gannon will come in and make his debut on Saturday, he’s fit into the group wonderfully well and will certainly provide us some experience and help lead our bowling attack.

“We’ve got a nice balance with our batting line up, led by Shaun Marsh.

“I can’t fault our preparation; I think the guys are in a really good place to be able to compete and perform well.”

One change has been made to WA’s 17-man travelling squad, with leg spinner Liam O’Connor replacing rookie Corey Rocchiccioli.

Rocchiccioli sustained a left side injury while batting for University Cricket Club in the Alcohol.Think Again Premier Cricket competition over the weekend. He is expected to be unavailable for approximately four weeks.

All four matches will be live-streamed on Kayo Sports, cricket.com.au and the CA Live app.

Fixtures:

SA v WA
Sat 10 Oct – Tues 13 Oct
8:30am (WST) @ Karen Rolton Oval

WA v QLD
Mon 19 Oct – Thurs 22 Oct
8:00am (WST) @ Park 25

NSW v WA
Fri 30 Oct – Mon 2 Nov
8:30am (WST) @ Karen Rolton Oval

WA v TAS
Sun 8 Nov – Wed 11 Nov
8:00am (WST) @ Park 25

WA Travelling Squad:

Shaun Marsh (C)
Ashton Agar
Cameron Bancroft
Hilton Cartwright
Cameron Gannon
Cameron Green
Liam Guthrie
Aaron Hardie
Josh Inglis
Matt Kelly
David Moody
Lance Morris
Liam O’Connor
Joel Paris
D’Arcy Short
Ashton Turner
Sam Whiteman