Khawaja Century in Pakistan Super League

Usman Khawaja celebrates a century in the Pakistan Super league (Credit PSL twitter)

Australians are dominating the T20 Blast and the Pakistan Super League. An Usman Khawaja century being the highlight of the week.

Australian cricketers are continuing to light up domestic T20 competitions across the globe with some stunning displays in the Vitality T20 Blast, and Pakistan Super League.

Marnus has set the world alight for Glamorgan, and Ben Dunk has managed a surprising turnaround in the PSL. Usman Khawaja continues to ask questions of Australian selectors as he smashed a century for Islamabad. Australians are putting in quality performances all over the world. The Inner Sanctum takes you through every Australian player across the globe.

T20 Blast

Ben Dwarshuis Worcestershire (6 wickets) 4 matches

The big left armer from New South Wales did not have the easiest starts to his T20 blast career, going wicketless in his first match. The highlight for Dwarshuis this week was his bowling innings against the star-studded side of Yorkshire. With Yorkshire smashing 216 from their 20 overs, Dwarshuis was the only defence. He took the key wickets of Dawid Malan and the keeper Tom Kohler-Cadmore to finish with figures of 4-31.

D’Arcy Short Hampshire (104 runs, 1 wicket) 4 Matches

It has been a solid start with the bat for the Western Australian all-rounder. Opening the batting alongside county superstar James Vince, Hampshire has one of the strongest opening partnerships in the game. The highlight for Short was a 28 ball 48 against Middlesex. It was a knock that included 3 big sixes and 4 boundaries. Unfortunately, Short’s bowling has not gone quite as well. In every match he has bowled in, Short has gone for more than 10 an over, while he’s managed only one wicket.

Josh Inglis Leicestershire (155 runs) 5 Matches

One of Australia’s wicketkeepers in waiting, Inglis has hit the T20 Blast with a bang. His standout highlight of the week was a 37 ball 82 against Yorkshire. With Leicestershire needing 241 runs from their 20 overs, Inglis needed a quick start. He managed to get Leicestershire within striking distance smashing 5 sixes and 7 boundaries in his innings. Inglis wants to put his hand up for Australian selection. A good stint in county cricket is an excellent way to do that.

Marnus Labuschagne Glamorgan (248 runs, 6 wickets) 4 Matches

Marnus had a difficult start to his county season. It seemed he could not buy a run in the championship. It has been in the T20s where Marnus has managed to get back to his world-class best. This started in his first match, where he managed 93 with the bat. Unfortunately for him, this knock did not get Glamorgan across the line.

Something interesting from Labuschagne’s season so far is the number of wickets he has managed. He has taken six wickets so far in the season, including 2 in a match on 2 occasions. His versatility and all-around ability could be crucial for Australia. With tours throughout the subcontinent happening over the next 2 years, his bowling could come in very handy for the national side.

Chris Green Middlesex (9 wickets) 4 Matches

One of Australia’s most underrated short-form cricket bowlers, Chris Green has once again been lighting up domestic tournaments. The biggest highlight was a match-winning performance against Kent. The spinner took 5-32 from his four overs, a remarkable achievement. What made the performance even more impressive was the addition of a hattrick. All three wickets were caught with Kent going for big runs late. Green will no doubt continue his run of dominance for Middlesex.

Chris Green takes a hattrick and 5 wickets for Middlesex

Cameron Bancroft Durham (52 runs) 4 matches

It has been a tough start for Bancroft, who also has the responsibility of captaining Durham. The highlight for Bancroft came against Lancashire in a win. Coming in only needing 50 from the last 8 overs, Bancroft took on the responsibility of guiding his side home. He managed to finish with 29 from 22 to win Durham the match against a powerful Lancashire.

Travis Head Sussex (52 runs) 3 matches

Head has had a nightmare of an English Summer; his bad run of form has unfortunately continued into the new format of the game. As the overseas player at Sussex, there is a lot of pressure upon his shoulders. Head will want to find a way to start scoring again before heading back to Australia. The only highlight for Head recently was a 22 ball 27 in a winning side. A reasonable effort but nothing to write home about.

Dan Worrall Gloucestershire (1 wicket) 1 match

Worrall is now back after taking a small break between the County Championship and the T20 Blast. So far, Worrall managed one wicket in his only match to date and only went for 27 runs. He didn’t light the match-up, but it was a good start getting back into his work. Worrall needs to continue his excellent run of form with much cricket still to come in the Australian winter.

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Pakistan Super League

Usman Khawaja Islamabad (175 runs) 5 matches

It has always been a dream of Khawaja’s to go back to his birthplace to play cricket. Unfortunately, due to COVID, the PSL could not occur in Pakistan, so the UAE will have to do. Fortunately, this has not seemed to bother Usman, who has taken to the PSL like a duck to water.

His biggest highlight was a 56 ball 105* out of a total of 247. In one of the highest-scoring matches of all time, Khawaja was magnificent, smashing the ball to all parts and setting a platform for a massive score. With a score like this, it is hard to see why he cannot get a game in the Australian side.

Khawaja brings up a century for Islamabad with 2 huge sixes

Fawad Ahmed Islamabad (3 wickets) 3 matches

The veteran Aussie leggie has been a mainstay of the Pakistan Super League for many years now. Having missed a couple of games through non-selection, Ahmed has had an up and down season. The highlight so far being a 2-wicket haul in which he went for only 27 runs. As economical as ever. If Islamabad is serious about winning the competition, then Ahmed must be in their plans.

Ben Dunk Lahore (72 runs) 4 Matches

Ben Dunk is one of the most curious cricketers in the world. Having left the Melbourne Stars last year, many believed his career would be over. However, the Pakistan Super League has given him a lifeline. After a slow start to the tournament, Dunk pulled out match-winning innings. In partnership with fellow Aussie Tim David, Dunk smashed 48 from 33 to bring Lahore into a winning position. As Lahore’s first-choice keeper, Dunk will continue to play for the rest of the tournament.

Tim David Lahore (136 runs) 4 Matches

The adage goes, do not trust a man with two first names, well Tim David must be the exception to the rule. An unknown quantity till the last big bash, David, has come onto the scene quickly. If it were not for COVID, there is a high chance he may not even have been picked up. So far, the highlight for David was a match-winning 64, striking at over 200, in a partnership alongside Ben Dunk. Although he plays international cricket for Singapore, David has a long future for Australia if he so desires.

James Faulkner Lahore (11 wickets) 4 matches

Known as the finisher, Faulkner has progressed into more of a full-time bowler than an all-rounder in recent years. After having missed last year’s Big Bash through injury, Faulkner has taken the Pakistan Super League by storm. From his first match, Faulkner was taking wickets. 3-32 were his first match figures. The highlight, however, was an effort that landed him 3-19 from 4 overs, including 3 of the top 4 batsmen. While he is not close to Australian selection now, it is only a matter of time before he is in the green and gold with performances like this.

Jake Weatherald Quetta (123 runs) 4 matches

As someone who has always been outside the top tier of Australian players, it was somewhat of a surprise to see Weatherald picked for the Pakistan Super League. However, he has paid Quetta back in spades for their faith. With Faf Du Plessis now injured, Weatherald will be required to stand up as the number one opener. Weatherald managed to do that in Quetta’s first match without the veteran. Striking 48 from 41 balls to secure victory, it is good to see Weatherald finally standing up on the big stage outside of Australia.

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