A small group of counties are putting together ambitious plans to host the remaining games of the suspended Indian Premier League season in England.
So cricket is back and boy both Shield games were spicy to watch. With that, these are top five performers for week one.
Western Australia: Aston Agar
Well, Agar had a great start to his season with making a crucial 114 and having a 266 run partnership with Josh Inglis which was crucial to WA’s score of 481 in the first innings.
Agar then proved his worth with the ball as well with taking five wickets in South Australia first innings and one in the second but his economy rate at 1.7 shows his importance as a bowler in four-day cricket. If Agar can continue this form could see himself playing Test cricket this summer.
Well, wouldn’t have thought Neser at number eight would make 121 when the Bulls were 6/326. You would think Neser be back in the sheds but, boy did play inning that proves his worth as a batsman.
Also, what makes his century sweeter is that he did it in front of the Australian captain.
Neser backed it up with the ball, taking five wickets in the first innings. This performance gives himself a launching pad to get closer to play for Australia this summer.
Queensland: Marnus Labuschagne
Well, Marnus has not missed a beat, making a big hundred.
He made the Tassie bowlers work for it. Labuschagne again showed his class as a batsman and the more runs he makes at a first-class level will be key to his form when he plays in the upcoming Test series against India.
His leg-spin proved its worth as well as he helped Queensland bowl to victory late-day four. I would say Tim Paine must have Labuschange in his head as a batsman who could bowl some leg spin if needed, just like Michael Clarke.
Queensland: Mitch Swepson
Well, the young leg spinner finally has cracked it with the ball, taking five wickets in the whole match and more importantly four wickets on the fourth day.
It might help his chances to become Australia’s second spinner and if he keeps this form for Queensland then maybe a baggy green might come his way.
He might have shutdown Lloyd Pope’s chances of being the next leg spinner for Australia as Pope’s performance was poor over the four days, while Swepson looks dangerous with the ball.
South Australia: Jake Weatherald
Again highly underrated batsman once again might have proven his chances to play for Australia with making 105 in the first innings for South Australia.
Look good and made a start in the second innings with 36 but then was trapped by Aston Agar but looks good. If Weatherald keeps cracking on – and the selectors can’t find a new opener for David Warner – then Weatherald is the man.