The ICC Champions Trophy squads were announced and a trio of Sixers earned call-ups, while a fan favourite hit an impressive century in England.
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE AND CHAMPIONS TROPHY
After starting the current Indian Premier League season with a bang following two consecutive half-centuries, Sixers BBL Captain Moises Henriques hit some inconsistent form.
He followed up his 52 not out for the Sunrisers Hyderabad with 13 against Kolkata and 9 against Kings XI Punjab. However, in his last two innings since Henriques hasn’t been out on both occasions, hitting 12 against the Delhi Daredevils and smashed 55 not out off just 28 balls against Steve Smith’s Rising Pune Supergiants. The knock included 6 fours and two sixes at a strike rate of 196.42.
Henriques has bowled in his past four games for the Sunrises, but only taken the one wicket which was against the Kings XI when he snared the wicket of Axar Patel.
Since his 31 against Henriques’ Sunrisers, Englishman Jason Roy has only played the one IPL match when he hit 14 not out against the Mumbai Indians.
Fellow Englishman Sam Billings has had a consistent run in his Delhi Daredevils side, playing in four matches since his 25 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Billings has hit 113 runs in his four starts since, reaching double figures on every occasion and his top score was a 55 against Kings XI Punjab which included 9 fours from 40 balls.
Both Billings and Roy were also selected in England’s ODI squad for the series against Ireland and the ICC Champions Trophy. Henriques’ form this year was rewarded with selection in Australia’s team for the Champions Trophy.
WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
The Southern Stars’ 21-player preliminary squad for the 2017 World Cup was selected this week before the players will be whittled down to 15 after a three week camp at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
There were four Sixers included, with national team regulars Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry chosen alongside WBBL|02 Rebel Young Gun Ashleigh Gardner. Pace bowler Sarah Aley was the fourth Sixers player selected, the experienced player in line to make her international debut after not being in the XI for either of the Southern Stars T20 matches against New Zealand earlier this year.
Sixers all-rounder Johan Botha competed in his third marathon last week when he attempted the London Marathon for the first time. Botha completed the 42km circuit in 3 hours and 34 minutes.
NATIONAL PERFORMANCE SQUAD
Henry Thornton, who began his time with the Sixers as a Development Rookie before being promoted to the playing team, was chosen in Cricket Australia’s National Performance Squad alongside recent Sixers Academy member Lewin Maladay.
ENGLISH COUNTY CRICKET
Michael Lumb continued his English domestic season with Nottinghamshire and in the County Championship Division Two he made 33 runs against Durham and just the single run against Sussex in his only two innings since his 30 runs against Leicestershire.
In his side’s opening game of the One-Day Cup against Worcestershire, Lumb opened the batting and was in top form as he hit a century and eventually made 104 from 126 balls including 8 fours and 3 sixes. Notts Outlaws made 273 runs from their 50 overs, but lost via the Duckworth-Lewis method.