It has been a wet week in the UK, with most matches cancelled. With weather affecting most matches, scores have been lower on slower waterlogged pitches.
The standout Australians from the county game have been Josh Inglis with a massive century and Cameron Bancroft with a sudden reversal of form.
There has also been some big news out of the UK, with many Australians pulling out of The Hundred, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, and Marcus Stoinis have all pulling out of the event. Rachel Haynes recently also confirmed she was pulling out of the women’s tournament.
With players required to undertake quarantine going into the UK and when arriving back in Australia, it is entirely understandable these players do not want to quarantine with a World Cup and Ashes coming up.
The Pakistan Super League has wrapped up with the Multan Sultans winning the final.
Adelaide Striker Jono Wells came in for Peshawar and dominated with 55, while James Faulkner has continued dominating in his comeback to professional cricket.
The Inner Sanctum takes you through all of the action from Australia’s overseas stars.
Marnus Labuschagne (Glamorgan) – 46 runs, two matches
While it has been a slower week for Marnus Labuschagne, he has still had an impact for the Welsh county.
Against Middlesex, Labuschagne found it difficult to rotate the strike and score. He managed one boundary before being bowled by former international Steven Finn. A few days later, it was a much better performance.
Against Gloucestershire, it was a massive loss for the team but a good performance for Labuschagne. After being dropped down to four, he managed 33 from 21 balls, including a six. Unfortunately, it was not enough to get Glamorgan across the line.
Chris Green (Middlesex) – One wicket, three matches
Green has struggled this week after his dominant start to the tournament with a hat trick and a five wicket haul. He was only given two overs against Glamorgan, where he went for 20 on a seam bowling friendly pitch.
The lousy form continued against Essex, going for 41 from four overs. Green did, however, manage the vital wicket of Michael Pepper at a crucial moment.
Going forward, he will want to find the form of the first few matches with Middlesex heading towards the finals.
Cameron Bancroft (Durham) – 129 runs, three matches
Bancroft has managed to turn his form around from the awful start he had to the tournament.
As the captain of Durham, the pressure was always going to be on him, and he has finally delivered. Against Warwickshire, Bancroft came in with Ben Stokes and smashed his way to 76 from 53 balls to put Durham in a winning position.
In a loss against Northamptonshire, Bancroft only managed 37 before running past a ball off the spinner and being stumped. There will continue to be a lot of pressure on Bancroft as the overseas captain, especially with Ben Stokes gone.
Ben Dwarshuis (Worcestershire) – Two wickets, three matches
It has been another tough week for Dwarshuis, with the quick man going wicketless in two of three matches. He has not yet managed to replicate his excellent form from the Sydney Sixers into the T20 Blast.
In his first match of the week against Nottinghamshire, Dwarshuis only got through two overs. Nottinghamshire was only chasing 87 for victory, and yet Dwarshuis went for 28 from his two overs.
However, his second match of the week went slightly better, still wicketless but going 0-30 from his four overs. Dwarshuis needs a change of fortunes, as does his side Worcestershire.
Dan Worrall (Gloucestershire) – Two wickets, three matches
Dan Worrall has continued a good run of form in the UK, with two wickets coming in his first match of the week.
Against a powerful Kent line up, Worrall managed the wickets of both Alex Blake and the 45-year-old Darren Stevens to put Gloucestershire into a winning position. His second match of the week was more difficult, going for 43 from his four overs.
D’Arcy Short (Hampshire) – 37 runs, one match
Short has continued his good form from last week into his only match of the week.
Hampshire has bolstered its middle order with the addition of Colin De Grahdhomme, and this has seemed to benefit Short. With Short having an eye on getting back to the Australia T20 side, good form in the Blast will be important.
He managed to score 37 from 27 balls, including two sixes against the bowling of Somerset.
Josh Inglis (Leicestershire) – 130 runs, three matches
Based on this week, this is Josh Inglis’ world, and we are all just living in it.
His week started terrifically and continued to rise. Inglis smashed a massive century against Northamptonshire, including 13 boundaries and four huge sixes.
It was the innings heard around the world, or at least to London, with Inglis now off to the London Spirit in The Hundred. His second match of the week was worse, eventually only making 11 from 12 balls against Derbyshire on what was a difficult batting pitch.
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Pakistan Super League
Ben Dunk (Lahore) – Five runs, one match
Dunk’s last match in the PSL was somewhat anticlimactic.
After an up and down season for Lahore, Dunk did not manage to get his side into the playoffs. Dunk only managed five in his final match before being caught off the bowling of Imran Khan.
Dunk finished with 163 runs in 10 games through the PSL.
Tim David (Lahore) – Ten runs, one match
In his debut overseas tournament, David was extremely impressive. He managed only 10 in his final match, but it does not take away from what has been an excellent season.
From his six games in the PSL, David managed 180 runs. These runs came at an average of 45 and, most excitingly, a strike rate of 166. David has a long future in T20 cricket, and all that is going right will not be far from Australian honours.
James Faulkner (Lahore) – 22 runs and two wickets, one match
Faulkner has had a remarkable PSL. After missing the Big Bash with injury, the PSL was Faulkner’s comeback. In his final match of the tournament, Faulkner managed an import quickfire 22 with the bat. Faulkner also took two crucial wickets in the game.
Overall, Faulkner has had an incredible PSL. He has averaged 22.5 with the bat and taking 13 wickets at an average of only 12. Surprisingly, Faulkner is only 31 years old and has shown he still has the skills to get back into the Australian side.
Jake Weatherald (Quetta) – 25 runs, one match
Weatherald has been extremely impressive since coming into the Quetta side as a replacement player.
With Faf Du Plessis having to leave the PSL early with a concussion, Weatherald needed to stand up. In his final match of the tournament, it was a slow innings. He only managed 25 from 24 before being bowled.
While it was a difficult finish, his tournament overall was insane. He managed 148 runs from five matches, including a vital 48 in the first match Du Plessis missed. The 2021 PSL has been, overall, important in Weatherald’s development.
Jack Wildermuth (Quetta) – Eight runs, 0 wickets, one match
The PSL has been a challenging tournament for Wildermuth, who struggled throughout the game he played.
Wildermuth only managed eight runs in his final match of the tournament. To go along with the runs, he went for 53 from his three overs bowling.
Having only played two matches in the tournament, it was a difficult time for Wildermuth. While he is on the rise, the PSL has put a dent in Wildermuth’s ambitions.
Usman Khawaja (Islamabad) – 71 runs, two matches
It had always been Khawaja’s dream to playback in his birth country Pakistan. While that unfortunately could not happen, but Khawaja still thrived in the PSL.
Following up from a massive century, Khawaja managed 70 from 40 balls against Multan. In his second match of the week, Khawaja managed only one before being run out.
Overall, it was a massive season for Khawaja, who should be looking towards the Australian squad again. He managed 246 runs in the tournament at an average of 49 and striking at 152.
Jono Wells (Peshawar) – 55 runs, one match
In his only match of the season, Wells bossed the game.
Being brought in for the eliminator, Wells scored 55 from 43, allowing Peshawar to get into the final. Jono Wells is one of the most underrated T20 players on the planet, and Peshawar would have done better to play him more often.
Unfortunately, Wells was not selected in the team for the final, which he could have significantly impacted.
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