It might not be the BBL or WBBL seasons, but your favourite Sixers are still actively playing around the world. Catch up with everything magenta as we follow our players Around the Wickets.
HENRIQUES CALLED-UP TO AUSTALIAN ODI TEAM
After not taking part in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s IPL Eliminator against Kolkata, Sixers BBL Captain Moises Henriques joined up with the Australian ODI squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
On Friday at The Oval, the Australians played their first of two warm-up games when they defeated Sri Lanka by two wickets.
Australia bowled first and Henriques claimed three wickets in his 8 overs, the most of the Australian attack. Fellow Sixer Josh Hazlewood bowled ten overs and took one wicket.
In the run chase, Henriques reached 10 runs before he was run out while Hazlewood did not bat.
Australia have one more warm-up match against Pakistan before their Champions Trophy opener against New Zealand on Friday at Edgbaston.
ENGLISH DUO PREPARE FOR CHAMPIONS TROPHY
The England ODI side are currently in a series against South Africa with Jason Roy and Sam Billings both in the English squad.
Billings has not played in either match, while Roy has opened the batting in both games and returned scores of 1 and 8.
COUNTY CRICKET IN FULL SWING
After playing with England against Ireland at the start of May, both Billings and Roy joined up with their county teams for the One Day Cup.
Billings’ Kent were beaten by Roy’s Surrey at The Oval with both Sixers in form with the bat. Roy hit a run-a-ball 44 opening the batting in the first innings, while Billings top-scored for Kent with 69 from 65.
Kent then faced Glamorgan with Billings hitting a modest 24 as his side went down to the Welsh team. Roy hit just 1 run in Surrey’s win over Hampshire.
Michael Lumb has been a regular presence for Nottinghamshire in the One Day Cup and Division Two of the County Championship.
In Lumb’s eight One Day Cup appearances, he hit 104, 35, 6, 56, 0, 1 and 47 in his seven innings. The one match he didn’t bat was a no result against Northamptonshire.
With England county cricket returning to red-ball cricket in mid-May, Lumb made 23 runs in one innings against Glamorgan while he notched another century in Notts’ win against Gloucestershire at Trent Bridge last weekend.
Sixers and Australian off-spinner is playing county cricket for the first time after being recruited by Worcestershire. He made his debut in the One Day Cup match against Derbyshire where he took just one wicket.
In the following County Championship Division Two match against Derbyshire, Lyon took a wicket in each innings as his side won by an innings and 42 runs.
Against Northampton over the recent weekend, Lyon didn’t take a wicket in the first innings and his first chance with the bat was a duck. However, in the Northants’ second innings Lyon helped Worcestershire to win when he took a 3-for and Worcestershire easily chased down the total.
MAGENTA SHADE TO WOMEN'S WORLD CUP SQUAD
The 2017 Women’s World Cup squad was selected and there will be a shade of magenta in the Australian team as they prepare to defend their title in England and Wales.
Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner and Sarah Aley will make the journey with Aley in line to earn her first ever cap for the Southern Stars if she plays.
Marizanne Kapp and Dane Van Niekerk were selected in the South African side, with the latter once again captaining her country. Amy Jones missed out on selection for England.
KAPP WARMS UP FOR WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
Throughout May, Kapp and South Africa took part in a 50-over Quadrangular series in South Africa against India, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Van Niekerk did not play in the series.
Over South Africa’s eight warm-up and tournament matches, Kapp took six wickets and her highest effort over six innings with the bat was 23 against India.
AMY JONES RETURNS TO ENGLAND DOMESTIC CRICKET
In the Women’s One Day Cup, Jones was in fine form for Warwickshire when she opened the batting on May 14 against Nottinghamshire.
The wicketkeeper smashed 61 runs off just 48 balls as her side eventually won by 149 runs.
HUGHES REWARD FOR BBL FORM
Sixers opening batsman Daniel Hughes was rewarded with his impressive form in the magenta and for the NSW Blues with a call up to the Australia A One-Day team for their July tour of South Africa.
Hughes was picked alongside Henriques in the side, however, the Sixers Captain was allowed to opt out and instead focus on playing county cricket for Surrey.
Sixers paceman Jackson Bird was chosen in the Australia A four-day team that will also tour South Africa.
MUNRO IN DUBLIN
Although he wasn't selected in New Zealand's team for the Champions Trophy, Colin Munro travelled with the ODI squad for a Tri-Nation Series against the hosts and Bangladesh.
In a New Zealanders game against Ireland A to kick the tour off, Munro hit 23 runs and took one wicket.
In the Tri-Nation Series, Munro played four games collecting scores of 0, 16 not out, 44 and 1. Munro bowled in the first two games but did not take a wicket.
CARTERS RETIRES FROM ALL FORMS OF CRICKET
And in bittersweet news that will sadden many Sixers and New South Wales cricket fans, Ryan Carters announced his retirement from all forms of the game at the young age of 26.
The wicketkeeper batsman will now focus on pursuing higher education with the goal of leadership and service. Everyone at the Sixers wishes Carts all the best during the next chapter of his life!