Paceman Paris hopes for Perth debut


Potential Australia debutant Joel Paris hopes he gets his first international cap at his home ground in Perth, which is where the first ODI against India will be played.

Paris has been called to the squad in light of the injury to Mitchell Starc, and he and Victoria paceman Scott Boland are in contention for a place on 12 January.

The Western Ausralia fast bowler says getting his debut at the WACA will give him a few extra butterflies, but that the home fans and a deck he knows will help him use the nerves in a positive way.

Paris said on the CA website: "If I do get the opportunity to play, it is going to be a fantastic crowd in WA and being my home state as well, little bit of nerves but I think that is a good thing.

"I will certainly be using that as a positive rather than a negative.

"It has been a tough couple of years. I have not played a lot of cricket over the last couple of years. I had a quad injury last year that kept me out for the majority of it, and then earlier in the pre-season I had a bit of a relapse with it again. 

"I was not really sure if I would play any cricket this year and fortunately it has worked out pretty well so far."

Paris added that the conditions at the WACA, and in Brisbane, would work in his favour if he got the chance: "It's no secret here and the Gabba are the two pitches in Australia that have the most bounce and carry. 

"Especially here if you put the ball in the right areas, pitch it up and try and bowl full and swing the ball you're as good a chance as anyone of taking a wicket."