The JLT One-Day cup is a great way for Australians to get their name on the selectors’ radars ahead of the upcoming summer of cricket.
With three games for everyone but New South Wales still to play, the undefeated Western Australia are sitting at the top of the ladder and look favorites to take out the cup after their eight-wicket demolition of Tasmania on Saturday. Jordan Silk led with 80 runs while David Moody finished with figures of 3-47 with the ball.
Victoria narrowly went down to Queensland by 11 runs with Usman Khawaja reaffirming his prowess on Australian wickets, with a total of 85 runs.
Mitchell Starc returned from injury against South Australia with one wicket as he looks to return to full fitness before facing England in the upcoming Ashes series.
South Australia came away victors by 45 runs with a big helping hand from Alex Ross with his 110 runs, while Joe Mennie took four wickets for the Redbacks.
In one of the games of the tournament so far, New South Wales beat the Cricket Australia XI by 93 runs, as Nic Maddinson impressed with his second ton of the competition with 123 runs. NSW belted 8-332, while the CA XI managed 239 runs in 41 overs in reply.
Meanwhile, Peter Nevill had a world record breaking performance after being involved in eight dismissals with six catches and two stumpings. It is the most dismissals by any Australian wicket keeper.
With the Ashes fast approaching this summer players such as Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc will use the JLT Cup to get into some form coming into the tournament, whilst batsmen, Shaun Marsh and Peter Nevill look to add to some good performances in order to impress the selectors.