Australia are building up for the World Cup title defence in the UK. Both the Australia A white-ball and red-ball sides are also in the midst of their preparation for the tour of UK. Meanwhile, a number of Australians are playing in England and remain in the fray for Ashes selection. Here's a look at how they've fared so far.
Joe Burns' stint with Lancashire lasted just one game - in which he made 10 - as he flew home for personal reasons. No date has been set for his return. He was signed for 10 games. Queensland Cricket has asked for his privacy at this time in a statement. "He has advised his goal is to be back playing cricket as soon as possible." Cricket Australia has also been kept in the loop with Burns' situation.
South Australia's Jake Lehmann has replaced Burns in the Lancashire squad for their clash against Worcestershire. Lehmann had been playing for the club in the Royal London Cup as Glenn Maxwell's replacement. He made just 8 on Monday as the bowlers dominated in Manchester, with England's spearhead James Anderson taking 5 for 25.
Marnus Labuschagne found some form after a lean spell at the start of the Royal London Cup. He made 54 in Glamorgan's last one-day game before peeling off a second century for the season in Division Two of the County Championship. Labuschagne and Nicholas Selman both scored centuries and shared a 231-run stand to give Glamorgan a chance to win the game, after being made to follow-on. However, it ultimately ended in a draw. He fell for 14 in the next game against Derbyshire after taking 1 for 46 with the ball.
Cameron Bancroft led from the front in Durham's loss to Worcestershire. Batting at No.3, he made a patient 70 in the first innings after Durham slumped to 3 for 14, but only managed 25 in the second innings. Durham were again 4 for 17 after being sent in by Gloucestershire on Monday, with Bancroft falling for a duck.
Matt Renshaw's early season stint with Kent came to end last week with scores of 16 and 13 in a loss to Yorkshire. Outside of a century in the Royal London Cup against Sussex, Renshaw was nowhere near as prolific as he was last season with Somerset, although early season weather did not aid his cause.
James Pattinson missed Nottinghamshire's last three fixtures due to a niggling side strain. He missed the semi-final loss to Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup and then missed the next championship fixture against Essex. It was expected he would return for the match against Hampshire which began on Monday but he didn't take the field. Pattinson is part of both Australia A squads, but those who are currently in the UK do not need to join the squad until June 15, meaning he could be available for Nottinghamshire's next two fixtures if he is fit. Daniel Worrall's county season with Gloucestershire is already over after he was diagnosed with stress fractures in his lower back.
Performance of the week
Labuschagne's second century of the English summer will certainly have pleased Justin Langer and the selectors. He had to play in Glamorgan's second XI during the Royal London Cup to find some touch but he has bounced back in great style. The manner of the century, coming under pressure after his team followed on, would also please the selectors. He is not in the Australia A four-day squad but the selectors were firm in stating that those playing county cricket would still be heavily considered for the Ashes.