Aussies Abroad: June

18 Jun 2014

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As the County season nears its midpoint, we take a look at some of the Australians featuring in the English domestic competitions.

In Division One of the County Championship, Australian Test opener Chris Rogers is leading the way with the bat: he sits atop the run-scorers list with 821 runs at 68.41 and has passed 100 three times.

The Middlesex captain's most recent ton came against a Peter Siddle-led Nottinghamshire attack. Nevertheless, his 180 (from only 220 balls) wasn't enough to guide his side to victory, as Notts chased down 385 in the fourth innings for the win.

Siddle finished with five wickets for the match and his 24 wickets at 33.83 puts him in the top ten wicket takers in Division One.

Veteran seamer Steve Magoffin is having another outstanding season for Sussex. He has 35 wickets at 17.91 and is the second leading wicket taker in the top flight of the County Championship.

Lancashire recently signed Usman Khawaja to boost their batting stocks. In his first game against Durham, Khawaja top-scored with 86 and is currently not out on 10 as the game heads in to the fourth day.

Among the Durham bowlers is fellow Aussie John Hastings (3/45, 40, 0/27) who has joined the County following his IPL stint with the Chennai Super-Kings.

In Division Two, Michael Hogan (Glamorgan) has a remarkable 27 wickets at 15.18 from only 5 matches, Michael Klinger (Gloucestershire) has hit some form with two hundreds from his last two matches, while Glenn Maxwell (Hampshire) hit 85 and took two wickets against Worcestershire in his only match so far.

In the NatWest T20 Blast, Dan Christian produced the innings of the tournament to date, smashing 129 off only 57 balls for Middlesex against Kent. Remarkably, Christian's knock wasn't enough to get the Londoners over the line, as they fell 16 runs short of Kent's 208.

Dirk Nannes (Somerset) showed why he is one of the most highly sought-after T20 bowlers in the world, as he recorded the best bowling figures of the tournament so far: his 5/31 from 3.5 overs was the catalyst for his team's win over Sussex. Nannes and Kent's Doug Bollinger sit equal second on the leading wicket takers' list with 12 wickets apiece.

Other Australians to stand out in the T20 competition include Derbyshire's Marcus North (216 runs, strike rate of 144.96), Glamorgan's Michael Hogan (9 wickets at 18.55), Gloucestershire's Michael Klinger (155 runs, strike-rate of 109.15), Yorkshire's Aaron Finch (top score of 88 from 55 balls) and Durham's John Hastings (best figures of 3/31 from 3 overs).

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