Australia's World Cup squad started their pre-tournament camp in Brisbane with a scratchy win over a New Zealand XI, while the Australia A tour also edges closer. A number of Australians are playing in overseas competitions in the lead up to the World Cup, Australia A and Ashes tours of the UK. Here is the latest on how they are faring so far.

Who's in form and who's not

James Pattinson was the only member of the Australia A squads playing overseas this week. He only played once though after Nottinghamshire's Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Durham was washed out. Pattinson took 1 for 55 from nine overs and made an important 15 from 10 balls in a thrilling win over Northamptonshire.

Ashton Turner, another Australia A squad member, oddly didn't get selected in Rajasthan Royal's last IPL game against Delhi.

Chris Lynn, who is not in Australia's winter squads, had an excellent finish to the IPL for Kolkata making 46 off 22 against Kings XI and then 41 from 29 in the loss to Mumbai Indians.

Andrew Tye dismissed Lynn but had a very difficult season for Kings XI. After being the IPL's leading wicket-taker in 2018 with 24, and an economy rate of 8.00, he took just three wickets in six games this season with an economy rate of 10.59. In his last two outings he conceded 78 runs in just six overs.


The Royal London Cup continued in England this week as the County Championship remains on hold with World Cup preparations ramping up. Although 50-over white-ball form may not carry as much weight towards Ashes selection, the Australian selectors are undoubtedly keeping an eye on the players involved.

Cameron Bancroft was starved of opportunity this week due to bad weather. Durham's clash with Notts was abandoned prior to the toss and he was 18 not out when the clash with Yorkshire was washed out after 34.2 overs, a result that eliminated Durham from the competition

Matt Renshaw is putting his hand up for allrounder status in white-ball cricket. He took 2 for 17 from five overs and made 32 not out in Kent's a big win over Surrey. But his returns with bat and ball against Essex weren't as fruitful. Peter Siddle didn't play for Essex.

Marnus Labuschagne has been doing plenty of bowling, taking 2 for 57 from his full quote of 10 overs for Glamorgan against Middlesex, but he would prefer a few more runs after making 16 in the loss and became the first List A wicket for Sam Robson's part-time spin.

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Jake Lehmann made an excellent start at Lancashire as a replacement for Glenn Maxwell. He struck 77 not out from 66 balls in a win over Derbyshire. He then followed up with 23 in a loss to Warwickshire.

Injury list

Turner revealed last week he will need shoulder surgery after the Australia A tour of England. It will be the third procedure he's had on his right shoulder but he hopes it will fix the issue that has restricted his bowling and throwing.

Performance of the week

Callum Ferguson is a forgotten man in Australian cricket. He was in the mix for the ODI tour of India but was dropped from South Australia's Sheffield Shield team late in the season. He made 103 not out from just 95 balls for Worcestershire on Monday as they chased down 352 with ease at Derby. Ferguson had a great season in the Royal London Cup last year with Worcestershire and will be hoping to carry that form forward.