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Warriors keep Mitch Marsh
Justin Chadwick
18:24 AEST Wed Jul 4 2012

Rising cricket star Mitch Marsh has re-signed with Western Australia, dismissing reports he was considering moving elsewhere.

Reports earlier in the week suggested Marsh was exploring his options after initially failing to come to terms with the WACA on a deal close to the maximum $150,000.

But Marsh denied a move was ever on the cards, and has since come to terms with the WACA.

"Don't believe what you read in the paper, I'm fully committed to @waca_cricket and never contemplated leaving," Marsh tweeted.

"Certainly has been no contractual disputes between myself and the Waca. Couldn't be further from the truth."

Marsh has already notched three Twenty20s and one 50-over appearance for Australia, and has been earmarked as a future star in the national set-up.

The 20-year-old has taken 26 wickets at an average of 25.19 in 18 first-class hit-outs, while his average with the bat of 21.10 doesn't adequately reflect his talent with the willow.

Marsh is still in recovery mode after being struck down by stress fractures in his back earlier this year, but hopes to play a big role for the Warriors next season.

Opener Wes Robinson was unlucky to miss out on a spot in WA's 17-man squad for the upcoming season, while the New Zealand-bound Luke Ronchi, fellow wicketkeeper Michael Johnson, and retired pair Mark Cameron and Brad Knowles were other notable names to drop off the list.

Powerful batsman Luke Pomersbach, who was dropped by the Warriors early last season, has since linked up with the Queensland Bulls.

Former rookies Tom Beaton, Jason Behrendorff and Matt Dixon have been upgraded to full WA contracts, while Tasmanian wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt and Victorian left-arm spinner Ashton Agar are new faces in the squad.

Agar is one of the country's most promising spin bowlers and, on Tuesday, was named in Australia's squad for next month's ICC Under-19 World Cup in Queensland.

WA squad:

Full contracts: Ashton Agar, Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Travis Birt, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Matthew Dixon, Ryan Duffield, Marcus Harris, Michael Hogan, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Nathan Rimmington, Tom Triffitt, Adam Voges.

Rookie contracts: Cameron Bancroft, William Bosisto, Joel Paris, Ashton Turner, Sam Whiteman.

Cricket Australia contracts: Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson.

WACA development squad: Tim Armstrong, Stephen Ball, Hilton Cartwright, Ryan Done, Jake Fawcett, Simon Mackin, Drew Porter, John Rogers, Luke Towers, David Vernon.


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