County Cricketers Abroad Part III
South Africa’s domestic season has seen matches in the SuperSport Series, their first-class competition, and the Franchise One-Day Cup.
Owais Shah (Essex and Cape Cobras)
2011 First-Class Season: 574 runs at 33.76.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 324 runs at 36.
Shah got off to a shaky start to his stint in South Africa, but, of late, his form has improved and he averaged 77 in his last four matches for the Cobras before leaving to play for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.
Zander de Bruyn (Surrey and Lions)
2011 First-Class Season: 1383 runs at 55.32, 13 wickets at 80.77.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 200 runs at 22.22, 11 wickets at 40.09
The Surrey man enjoyed an excellent English county season but has not been able to translate this into good form for his franchise so far this winter, a fact which has resulted in him being omitted from the Lions line-up of late.
Neil McKenzie (Hampshire and Lions)
2011 First-Class Season: 1120 runs at 41.48.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 832 runs at 59.43.
McKenzie’s last match for the Lions was a disappointment – he made just nought and six – but before that he hit 52 against the Knights and a rapid 108 from only 88 balls against the Titans in a one-day match.
Roelof van der Merwe (Somerset and Titans)
2011 Friends Life t20: 169 runs at 56.33, four wickets at 31.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 136 runs at 17, seven wickets at 50.29.
Van der Merwe has only been able to find a place in the Titans’ one-day side so far this winter, with mixed results. He has a highest score of 36 with the bat and a tidy economy rate of less than five with the ball.
Vernon Philander (Somerset, South Africa and Cape Cobras)
2011-12 Domestic Season:130 runs at 18.57, 40 wickets at 16.40.
Very little needs to be said about Philander, except that he has been named Cricket World’s Player of the Week twice in the past six weeks, and has taken four five-wicket hauls in his last three Test matches.
Pakistan’s international side has so far played series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, while on the domestic front the season kicked off with the Faysal Bank T20 and the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has almost reached its conclusion.
Abdul Razzaq (Leicestershire, Pakistan and Lahore Lions)
2011 Friends Life t20: 300 runs at 30, 19 wickets at 24.26.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 67 runs at 16.75, four wickets at 25.
Following the conclusion of Leicestershire’s brief run in the Champions League, Razzaq played two matches for the Lahore Lions in Pakistan’s Faysal Bank T20 tournament before joining up with the national side to play three ODIs against Sri Lanka. His highest score from those five matches is 42.
Shahid Afridi (Hampshire, Pakistan and Karachi Dolphins)
2011 Friends Life t20: 184 runs at 18.4, 17 wickets at 12.12.
2011-12 Domestic Season: 305 runs at 30.5, 24 wickets at 16.08.
Afridi’s highlights with the bat this season has been his 75 from 65 balls in the international against Sri Lanka at Sharjah, while his form with the ball has been generally excellent, with a best of five for 23 against Bangladesh at the beginning of December.
Naved Arif Gondal (Sussex, Sialkot Stallions and Sialkot)
2011 First-Class Season: 165 runs at 33, 15 wickets at 25.87.
2011-12 Domestic Season: no runs at 0, four wickets at 52.5.
Arif’s main action so far has been in the Twenty 20 competition, during which he took only one wicket from four matches and conceded eight runs an over.
India’s domestic season has been dominated by the prestigious Ranji Trophy tournament. They have also played the Irani Cup, which was won by the Rest of India, and the group phase of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament.
Murali Kartik (Surrey and Railways)
2011 First-Class Season: 285 runs at 28.5, 26 wickets at 34.35 (for Somerset).
2011-12 Domestic Season: 90 runs at 15, 13 wickets at 26.23.
The highlight for Kartik so far has been his haul of five for 27 in the second innings against Uttar Pradesh to secure an innings and 94 run victory for his side.
© Cricket World 2011