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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 trying to show their worth to the check squad earlier than the primary Ashes match in Birmingham.

A few of these Australians will seemingly be within the first eleven come June, Steve Smith being an instance, while others shall be enjoying the County Championships hoping to impress selectors.

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

Matthew Kuhnemann – Durham

Kuhnemann is a latest addition to the Australian check group 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 an element he’ll play in an Ashes summer season, contemplating Australians not often play two spinners in England and Nathan Lyon continues to be primary selection.

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

With Sussex simply 23 runs in need of the overall, Kuhnemann bowled two leg facet wides that might value seven essential runs.

A blended fixture for the younger Australian spinner.

Cameron Bancroft – Somerset

Bancroft was the selection opening batter initially of the final English summer season Ashes however did not preserve his place after a string of poor scores.

With rumours circling concerning the place of David Warner, Bancroft shall be wanting to impress.

Batting at three, Bancroft made a stable begin to the season with a gradual 44 from 104 balls, in robust 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 just lately been rewarded with a brand new Australia contract and celebrated it with a implausible 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 group this summer season.

A stable 59 from 129 balls within the first innings, and a implausible 148 within the second, has kicked off the English season nicely 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 group, most just lately contributing nicely 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 nicely within the first spherical of County Championship fixtures.

The center order batter was a central determine in a Leicestershire facet that did not win all through 2022 but succeeded in doing so on the first time of asking in 2023.

With a gradual 112 within the first innings, and a match profitable 68* within the second, Handscomb proved he may play an important function within the Australian center order, this summer season, both as a pivot function or as a run scorer.

One other glorious begin to the season.

Peter Gilbert

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