WA's Paris Reflects on Hard-Earned Sheffield Shield Title

WA's Paris Reflects on Hard-Earned Sheffield Shield Title

Western Australia's triumph in the Sheffield Shield final marked a significant milestone for the team, particularly for veteran paceman Joel Paris. With the victory, WA secured a hat-trick of titles, but for Paris, this one held special significance.

"I reckon this means more than the other two," Paris confided in teammates Sam Whiteman and Hilton Cartwright.

Paris's words resonated with the team's resilience and determination throughout the season. Despite injuries to key quicks Jhye Richardson, Lance Morris, and Matthew Kelly, WA relied on their fringe bowlers to step up. Cameron Gannon and Charlie Stobo played crucial roles, but it was Paris's unwavering presence that anchored the attack.

Paris's new-ball bowling was instrumental in setting the tone for both of Tasmania's innings. He exploited the grassy surface, consistently beating the bat with sharp seam movement. Despite taking only two wickets in the final, Paris's contribution was undeniable.

Over the course of the season, Paris amassed 39 wickets at an exceptional average of 15.2. His career tally now stands at 174 wickets in 44 first-class matches, with an impressive average of 20.05.

Paris's durability was also remarkable, as he played five consecutive Shield matches and the Marsh Cup final despite a delayed start to the season due to a hamstring injury.

"When you're in a situation where you just have to keep going, I think your body senses that and just finds something," Paris said. "I'm really proud of what I've been able to achieve this year."

Despite his limited international appearances, Paris remains on the radar of the Australian hierarchy. He played for Australia A last year and was considered for the Ashes tour.

"That desire to play for Australia is always there. For me that will never go away until I put up the boots," he said.

Paris's future plans are uncertain, but he is considering a stint in the UK. For now, however, he is savoring the moment and looking forward to a well-deserved break.

Tags: #SheffieldShield, #WesternAustralia, #JoelParis, #Cricket, #Resilience

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