With most Australian cricketers returning home for a huge summer of cricket, we thought we’d take a look at how they all fared overseas.
The County Championship finished with Yorkshire taking out the Division One title, thanks in part to coach Jason Gillespie. Another Aussie to have played a part in Yorkshire’s success is new Australian Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch. His 110 against eventual runners-up Warwickshire was the highlight of his five-game stint with the Vikings.
Hampshire ran-out Division Two champions, earning promotion to the top flight alongside Worcestershire. Ex-Western Australia all-rounder Sean Ervine played an integral role in their success, making 856 runs at 45.05 and chipped in with 19 wickets at 36.10 for the season.
Outstanding seasons from Sussex’s Steve Magoffin (72 wickets at 19.51) and Glamorgan’s Michael Hogan (63 wickets at 19.55) saw them earn selection in the BBC’s County Team of the Season. Magoffin finished as the leading County Championship wicket-taker, while Hogan fell just two wickets short of 100 wickets across all three formats.
Middlesex captain Chris Rogers (1,333 runs at 55.54) capped another fine English summer, finishing third on the Division One run-scorers list. The Australian Test opening-bat scored two double-centuries, including a marathon unbeaten 241 to help his side chase down 472 against eventual champions Yorkshire in April.
Durham took out the Royal London One-Day Cup, overcoming Warwickshire in the Final. Despite missing that match, John Hastings (14 wickets at 23.35) played a major part during their 50-over campaign.
The Chennai Super Kings defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League T20 to take home another piece of silverware. Pat Cummins, the only Australian to feature in the final, collected 1-32 for the runners-up.
The Hobart Hurricanes had tournament to remember, making it to the semi-final stage despite their captain George Bailey pulling on the Kings XI Punjab colours. Aiden Blizzard had a stellar tournament, scoring 188 runs at 47, whilst Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus and Xavier Doherty all starred with the ball.