Aussies Abroad: May

14 May 2014

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In this first instalment of Aussies Abroad for 2014, we take a look at who's going large in the IPL and which Australians are enjoying a fruitful start to their County Championship campaigns.

Click here for our list of Australian cricketers playing cricket overseas.

 

Indian Premier League

A pool of 23 Australians have joined their respective franchises for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, which has been made it's way to the UAE for the first half of the tournament.

Glenn Maxwell has been the standout batsman in the tournament to date, grandstanding with a 43-ball 95 against Chennai, 95 (55) against Hyderabad and most an incredible 90 from just 38 balls again against Chennai.

There's daylight between the Kings XI all-rounder and the field of world-class T20 batsmen, as he leads the run scorers list with 435 runs at an astonishing strike rate of 198.32.

Test stars David Warner (224 runs at 45), Shane Watson (164 runs at 27), Mitchell Johnson (nine wickets at 7.98) and Steve Smith (68 runs at 34) are all enjoying strong starts to the tournament.

Royal Challengers Bangalore quick Mitchell Starc has been the best performed Australian bowler, having taken nine wickets at a superb economy rate of 6.46.

Starc was fined 50% of his match fee in Bangalore's most recent match, after a fiery encounter with West-Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard.

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Australian limited overs players George Bailey, who hit a brutal 40 from 13 balls in his last game for Kings XI Punjab, Aaron Finch (182 runs at 36) and James Faulkner (seven wickets at 8.84) have all been making an impact during the first month.

Faulkner (41 off 17) and Smith (48 off 21) helped saved Rajasthan from certain defeat against Bangalore, chasing Bangalore's 192 combing with a 32-ball 85-run stand, after the Royals slumped to 5/106 in the 14th over.

Kings XI Punjab (Maxwell, Johnson and Bailey) and the Chennai Super Kings (Hilfenhaus) sit equal top of the IPL ladder with 12 points each.

 

England County Championship

Nine of the twelve County Championship contracted Australians have been in action during the first four rounds of matches.

Test opening batsman and Middlesex captain Chris Rogers led his side to a record-breaking fourth innings run chase of 472 against Yorkshire with an unbeaten 241, taking his seaosn tally to 482 runs at an average of 69.

Peter Siddle has been toiling away for Nottinghamshire, returning best figures of 4/75 against Northamptonshire. Teammate Phil Jaques scored a brilliant 150 not out against Somerset during Nott's latest fixture.

Kent's Doug Bollinger has already taken 20 wickets including two five-wicket hauls against Worcestershire and Derbyshire.

Seasoned County star Michael Kilnger rewarded his new County Gloucestershire with a well-constructed 80 against Hampshire.

Aaron Finch and John Hastings will join Yorkshire and Durham respectively once the IPL has concluded. Glenn Maxwell (Hampshire), Dan Christian (Middlesex) and Dirk Nannes (Somerset) are all set to join the NatWest T20 Blast competition, which kicks off this Friday.