Indian Premier League
As the IPL heads towards the business end of the competition, we take a look at some of the leading Australian performers in the competition.
Glenn Maxwell has emerged as the standout player from 2014 IPL. He currently has the most runs in the tournament (534 runs at 44.41) at an incredible strike rate of 193.81. His 43 from 22 balls helped Kings XI Punjab chase down Sunrisers Hyderabad's 205.
Rajasthan Royals pair Shane Watson and James Faulkner have also had impressive tournaments to date. Watson, in addition to captaining the Royals, has compiled 232 runs at a strike-rate of 131.07 and has picked up 7 wickets at an economy rate of 6.82, including a superb hat-trick against Hyderabad. Faulkner has 10 wickets for the tournament and his batting strike-rate of 178.26 is second only to Maxwell.
David Warner's tally of 434 runs (strike rate of 132.31) places the aggressive left-hander fourth on the leading run-scorers list, having passed 50 five times for his Sunrisers Hyderabad side. Despite Warner's and teammate Aaron Finch's (302 runs, strike-rate of 116.15) efforts, Hyderabad sit second bottom on the IPL ladder.
With 13 wickets at 25.92, Mitchell Starc has been the best-performed Australian bowler. The Royal Challengers Bangalore left-armer's economy rate of 7.22 is among the top-ten lowest in the tournament (minimum 30 overs).
Punjab's Mitchell Johnson (ten wickets) and Chennai Super Kings' Ben Hilfenhaus (eight wickets) have also looked dangerous with the ball in hand.
The George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab (18 points) and the Chennai Super Kings, who recently plucked veteran David Hussey from the commentary box to their team (16 points), have both qualified for the semi-finals. The Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders currently sit in the 3rd and 4th spot on 14 points each.
The County Championship season is in full swing with the four-day and NatWest Twenty20 Blast competitions now running concurrently.
Workhorse Peter Siddle claimed eight Northamptonshire victims to help Nottinghamshire to a convincing innings and ten-run victory over their Division One rivals.
Middlesex skipper Chris Rogers has continued his fine start to the season, striking 17 boundaries on his way to 106 off 176 balls against Northants. Having amassed 591 runs already, Rogers is the leading run-scorer in Division One of the County Championship.
With 22 wickets apiece, Kent's Doug Bollinger (average of 20.31) and Sussex journeyman Steve Magoffin (16.54) have been the standout Australian bowlers to date.
In the NatWest T20 blast, Marcus North and Dirk Nannes both had explosive starts to the competition. North, who recently retired from Australian domestic cricket, smashed 90 from just 47 balls for Derbyshire whilst Nannes' 4/21 helped Somerset defeat the Michael Kilnger-led Gloucestershire in Bristol.
At Lord's, Meg Lanning (59 off 55 balls) and Elyse Perry (49 off 66 balls and 1/34) helped a 'Rest of the World XI' defeat the Marylebone Cricket Club in a women's match for the MCC's 200th anniversary celebrations. Shane Warne is set to captain the Rest of the World XI in the corresponding male fixture.