The Zimbabwean-born Cartwright will remain with Western Australia in state cricket. He suggested the decision to leave the Scorchers became easier after discussions with those close to him. He’d already enjoyed the experience of learning under Daniel Vettori during a county stint with Middlesex so Cartwright wanted to further his cricket education.
“When it first came up I was finding it really hard to comprehend the extent of what I was potentially going to do,” he said.
“After the season I’d had personally, it made think about potentially going elsewhere to see if something else would click in my game.”
Having made the decision he was nervous after the prospect of telling Perth coach Adam Voges, also Cartwright’s state coach with the Warriors.
“I had a chat with Adam. He was obviously disappointed that I was leaving. WA want to keep [their homegrown talent] as much as they can,” Cartwright said.
“But he was really understanding. He said ‘mate, if you’re happy with whatever choices you’re making, then I can’t be happier for you.’ He was really understanding
“It was a discussion I was quite nervous to have. [But] I think we both left the discussion on very good terms.”
More broadly Cartwright is determined to improve his concentration at the crease. He averaged just 24.88 with the bat during the just-completed Sheffield Shield season, dropping well away in the Test pecking order.
“I think I’ve got quite tied up in a lot of technical issues over the last 18 months to two years,” he said.
“So I think going forward I’ve started focusing not too much on the technical side of things and to work a bit more on the mental side, whereas I think 18 months ago when I was playing Test cricket my mental side of my game was really strong, and my technique wasn’t as good as it is now.”
Cartwright is one of several WA mainstays on the move from Perth in the BBL. Shaun Marsh has signed a three-year deal with the Melbourne Renegades, Nathan Coulter-Nile is also expected to defect to the Stars, while Josh Philippe looks set to remain with the Sydney Sixers despite a strong attempt from the Scorchers to lure him back.
Cartwright wasn’t sure about the rationale behind other players’ decisions, although suggested job-security was probably behind veteran Marsh’s move. Perth are looking at veteran Cameron White to help fill the void.
States were meanwhile waiting on Cricket Australia’s contract list before finalising their own squads for next season. Young Victorian fast bowler Wes Agar is expected to head back to South Australia.
It’s understood out-of-contract Sydney Thunder leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed could also be on his way to the Scorchers. Ahmed has also attracted interest from the Renegades.
Daniel is an Age sports reporter.