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We’re nearing the end of the so-called ‘holiday period’ for Australia’s international cricketers with some of their stints abroad coming to a close.
The Indian Premier League has reached its playoff stage, while the County Championship is on hold for the first three weeks of the T20 Blast, starting on Thursday.
As such, it’s a fitting time to review how Australia’s cricketers overseas have fared for their respective clubs.
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We’ve reached the pointy end of the IPL with only four teams left to fight it out for the title, with the final on Monday, May 30 (12.30am AEST).
The Australians that remain are RCB trio Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff, the Super Giants’ Marcus Stoinis and AJ Tye, and Matthew Wade for the Titans.
That means we’ve seen the exit of a number of Aussies, including David Warner, Mitch Marsh and, the man who stole the show towards the end of the regular season, Tim David.
The Singapore-born Australian was picked up at the auction by Mumbai for a staggering A$1.53 million — which makes it baffling that he only played eight times this season.
In that short space of time, however, David showed why Mumbai was willing to fork out such a high figure.
He blasted 186 runs at 37.20 with a mega strike rate of 216.27, which was greater than anybody in the tournament to have scored more than 70 runs.
Those runs included a blistering 34 off just 11 balls — including four sixes with one going 114 metres — that saw Mumbai condemn Delhi Capitals to elimination from the tournament.
David is still yet to burst into an Australian white ball squad, and was overlooked for the tour of Sri Lanka, but there’s no doubt he will be firmly on the radar, particularly with a T20 World Cup on home soil later this year.
Part of that Capitals side eliminated by David’s sword were Warner and Marsh, who both enjoyed strong campaigns.
Warner would have had a score to settle having been dumped as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain last term before he wasn’t retained.
The full circumstances behind that baffling fallout remain something of a mystery, but it couldn’t have been form related as the left-hander scored well throughout the majority tournament.
He finished with 432 runs at 48.00 and a strike rate of 150.52, making him the sixth-highest run-scorer for the tournament.
Warner’s tally included what must have been a satisfying 92 not out off 58 balls against his old franchise, Sunrisers.
Fellow World Cup hero Marsh only featured in eight matches but impressed with 251 runs at 31.37 (SR 132.80), and four wickets at 25.50 (economy 8.50).
His finest performance saw him hit 82 off 62 balls before taking 2-25 against Rajathan Royals, although he’d be disappointed to have finished with a golden duck against Mumbai.
Elsewhere, Maxwell has been a consistent performer for RCB. He’s made 268 runs at 29.77 with a big strike rate of 172.90, while he’s added six wickets at 24.66 (economy 7.04) with the ball.
Maxwell came up clutch in RCB’s must-win final match against the Titans as he scorched 40 runs off 18 balls in the chase to see his side home with eight balls to spare.
Teammate Hazlewood has claimed 15 wickets at 20.73, although he suffered the indignity of being hit for the tournament’s worst figures of 0-64. Behrendorff is yet to be used by RCB this term.
Stoinis will feature in the finals for the Super Giants after bowling a rollercoaster 20th over against the Knight Riders to secure a narrow two-run win.
Stoinis was hit for 16 runs in three balls while defending 21 runs in the final over. He took 2-2 from his next three balls in a stunning resurgence that clinched the win.
Stoinis has made 147 runs at 21.00 (SR 151.54) and taken four wickets at 19.75 (economy 11.28).
Also going to the playoffs is Wade, who was controversially dismissed by Maxwell last week before losing his cool in a stunning dressing room blow-up.
He’s had a relatively quiet season, playing eight matches for 114 runs at 14.25 with a strike rate of 116.32.
It should come as no surprise by this point, but Peter Siddle is still dominating with the ball in English conditions.
The 37-year-old is up there with the most prolific bowlers of division one, having taken 20 wickets at 17.80 in his first five matches for Somerset. Only three players in division one have taken as many wickets at a better average this season.
Most recently, he carved through Hampshire with the ball, taking 4-80 in a losing cause.
He was let down by Somerset’s batters, which includes fellow fomer Australia Test player Matt Renshaw.
The opener could only muster scores of 27 and 11 against Hampshire, but has otherwise been in strong form recently. His two innings before that saw him score 94 against Gloucestershire and 129 against Warwickshire.
Renshaw will need to do plenty more to put himself back in the mix for an Australian Test re-call, although he won’t be totally out of mind for selectors’ given the lack of opener options to succeed Warner and Usman Khawaja.
The Queenslander is averaging a handsome 46.37 after five matches in this County Championship, although he’s being outshone by another opening contender, Marcus Harris.
Harris refuses to go away quietly after being dumped as Australia’s Test opener in the summer and being overlooked for the tour of Sri Lanka.
The bonus is that he has the chance to build a case to play the Ashes in England in 2023 — and he’s doing just that with 434 runs at 48.22 for Gloucestershire.
He’s Australia’s lead batter in division one, while Marnus Labuschagne leads the way in division two, albeit with a lesser total of 377 runs at 41.88.
Meanwhile, Peter Handscomb’s county stint with Middlesex came to a close with an unbeaten 39 in a six-wicket win against Durham. He wrapped up with 220 runs at 31.42.
Elsewhere in division two, Michael Neser has taken an impressive 20 wickets at 22.50 and James Pattinson 16 at 30.93.
Now the attention will turn to the T20 Blast where a number of Australians will be involved.
Dan Christian and Ashton Turner will captain Nottingham and Durham respectively.
Behrendorff will link up with Middlesex after the IPL along with veteran Cameron Green.
Ben McDermott and Nathan Ellis will feature for Hampshire, and Josh Philippe joins Sussex following the Australia A tour of Sri Lanka
Once again, all eyes will turn to David who dominated last T20 Blast and will play for Lancashire.