David Moody has produced enough signs in his four seasons as a Warrior to realise he can be an effective fast bowler.
Now he wants to become a threatening one.
As Moody prepares to lead the West Australian attack against Victoria in the opening Sheffield Shield match of the season, he has raised his ambitions to match his greater experience.
“I have shown hints that I can be an effective player and a threatening player but I have been too inconsistent,” Moody said. “Now I would like to play a pivotal role as a strike bowler in hopefully a very successful shield season.
“I have some goals for the season but if I am doing the right thing by the team as regularly as I can then hopefully my own personal goals will take care of themselves.”
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The 23-year-old will make his comeback at the WACA Ground today after missing most of last season with spinal stress fractures.
Teenager Cam Green will also return after a similar complaint as the Warriors prepare to field a team with an average age of 24.
Veteran batsman Jon Wells (31) and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (29) are the only players older than 26, while only six WA shield teams in 72 years have had a younger average age than today’s line-up.
“It is a very young team which makes it a challenging year but this is my fifth season and I am aware of my responsibilities,” Moody said.
Moody has spent much of the winter working on his action in a bid to become more upright, gain greater pace and swing and minimise the spinal stress that is the painful lot of most fast bowlers.
He experimented with a shorter run but has returned to the long loping approach that marked his start in State cricket.
“I had a strange few weeks because coming back from an injury the thought in the back of your mind is to never do it again,” he said.
“I have looked at a few technical things with my run-up and the last few strides in a good position. The new run-up worked well but it took away my natural athleticism so I’ve now gone back to the old run-up.”
Moody is set to be part of a four-man pace attack with Victoria likely to do likewise on an exceptionally green but hard WACA pitch produced by new curator Brett Sipthorpe.
TEAMS – WA: Josh Philippe, Will Bosisto, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Turner (capt.), Marcus Stoinis, Jon Wells, Josh Inglis, Cam Green, Matt Kelly, Simon Mackin, David Moody, Usman Qadir (likely 12th).
Victoria: Marcus Harris, Travis Dean, Will Pucovski, Peter Handscomb (capt.), Cameron White, Matt Short, Seb Gotch, Chris Tremain, Scott Boland, Andrew Fekete, Jackson Coleman, Fawad Ahmed (likely 12th).