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County Championship: Aussie Watch – The Full Toss


Within the opening spherical of County Championship fixtures, there have been a number of Australian gamers seeking to show their worth to the check squad earlier than the primary Ashes match in Birmingham.

A few of these Australians will possible be within the first eleven come June, Steve Smith being an instance, while others will probably be taking part in the County Championships hoping to impress selectors.

This text will take a look at the Australians, particularly those that have lately been part of the check aspect, who have been in motion throughout the opening spherical of fixtures.

Matthew Kuhnemann – Durham

Kuhnemann is a latest addition to the Australian check staff with the left arm spinner becoming a member of the squad throughout their latest tour to India.

He took 9 wickets, together with a five-fer within the third check in Indore.

It stays to be seen how a lot of a component he’ll play in an Ashes summer time, contemplating Australians hardly ever play two spinners in England and Nathan Lyon continues to be primary alternative.

Kuhnemann began properly, nonetheless, taking two wickets in 23 overs in Sussex’s first innings. The spinner additionally took two wickets in 4 overs throughout a tense finale; nonetheless, he couldn’t maintain his nerve on the demise.

With Sussex simply 23 runs wanting the entire, Kuhnemann bowled two leg aspect wides that will value seven essential runs.

A blended fixture for the younger Australian spinner.

Cameron Bancroft – Somerset

Bancroft was the selection opening batter in the beginning of the final English summer time Ashes however didn’t preserve his place after a string of poor scores.

With rumours circling concerning the place of David Warner, Bancroft will probably be desirous to impress.

Batting at three, Bancroft made a strong begin to the season with a gentle 44 from 104 balls, in powerful situations and with Somerset already one man down.

The second innings, a nine-ball duck, was much less spectacular.

One other blended begin for an Australian.

Marcus Harris – Gloucestershire

Harris has lately been rewarded with a brand new Australia contract and celebrated it with a incredible century in opposition to Glamorgan.

Out of the 2 Australian openers on show, Bancroft the opposite, Harris actually gave the higher audition to doubtlessly taking a slot within the check staff this summer time.

A strong 59 from 129 balls within the first innings, and a incredible 148 within the second, has kicked off the English season properly for the person from Western Australia.

An ideal begin to the season.

Peter Handscomb – Leicestershire

Handscomb has been out and in of the Australian check staff, most lately contributing properly to a wobbling center order within the India tour.

Enjoying for Leicestershire, in opposition to Yorkshire on the future Ashes floor in Headingley, Handscomb was one other Australian batter who auditioned properly within the first spherical of County Championship fixtures.

The center order batter was a central determine in a Leicestershire aspect that didn’t win all through 2022 but succeeded in doing so on the first time of asking in 2023.

With a gentle 112 within the first innings, and a match successful 68* within the second, Handscomb proved he may play a significant position within the Australian center order, this summer time, both as a pivot position or as a run scorer.

One other wonderful begin to the season.

Peter Gilbert



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