Aussies abroad: Who's playing county cricket in 2022
Get the full rundown of the Australian men who will play county cricket in the UK this winter ahead of Australia's Ashes defence in England next year
6 April 2022, 11:55 AM AEST
Marnus Labuschagne – Glamorgan
After another long home summer, Labuschagne is set to return to Wales for another stint with Glamorgan, where he first played in 2019 ahead of his breakout Ashes campaign that year. The Queenslander signed a two-year contract extension in 2020 and is expected to again link up with his Queensland teammate Michael Neser in south Wales and play all three formats.
James Pattinson – Nottinghamshire
Having announced a shock retirement from international cricket last year, Pattinson will be back at his beloved Nottinghamshire this English season having signed a deal to play all three formats at Trent Bridge. The 31-year-old previously played at Notts in 2017 and 2019 and the prospect of him sharing the new ball with Stuart Broad will have rival batting line-ups on edge this season.
Peter Siddle – Somerset
His international days are long behind him, but Siddle is still going strong at domestic level and is back in England to play for a fourth county side following stints at Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Essex. One of two Aussies at Somerset this season alongside Queensland's Matt Renshaw, the 37-year-old will be available to play all three formats until at least the end of August.
Mark Steketee – Essex
Following another fantastic year for Queensland which earned him selection for Australia's recent Test tour of Pakistan, Steketee has signed a deal with Essex for the first six games of the season. The right-armer will play alongside the likes of England legend, Sir Alisatair Cook, starting with their match against Kent from Thursday.
Michael Neser – Glamorgan
Neser's current status is unclear after he suffered a side strain last month, which ruled him out of the recent Test tour of Pakistan, but he's expected to link up with Labuschagne at Glamorgan again this winter. The Queenslander signed a two-year contract extension last year after impressing in his first season in Cardiff, where he enjoyed the swing and seam offered by the Dukes ball.
Marcus Harris – Gloucestershire
Having lost his Test spot to Usman Khawaja, Harris will be looking for another strong county campaign having moved from Leicestershire to Gloucestershire in the off season. With another Ashes series looming next year, Harris will enjoy a full County Championship campaign in Bristol and has also signed to play both white-ball formats for his new county.
Josh Philippe – Sussex
UPDATE: Philippe was expected head to the south of England in June to play first-class and T20 cricket for Sussex. However, following his selection in the Australia A squad for their tour of Sri Lanka, who will now play T20 cricket only for the Sharks.
Matt Renshaw – Somerset
Fresh off a late call-up to Australia's ODI squad in Pakistan, Renshaw will return to Somerset, where he enjoyed enormous success as an opener in 2018. That campaign yielded three first-class hundreds and an average above 50 from six matches and he will continue his push for an international recall by playing both first-class and one-day cricket until at least the end of August.
Peter Handscomb – Middlesex
After a disappointing 2021 season at Middlesex, Handscomb will return to London buoyed by a dominant Sheffield Shield campaign for Victoria. The 30-year-old has signed to play both first-class and one-day cricket and could put his name forward for an Ashes recall next year if he's able to maintain top form in English conditions this northern summer.
Nathan McAndrew – Warwickshire
Having shifted to South Australia from Sydney last year, McAndrew has been rewarded for his stellar first season in Adelaide with a stint at Warwickshire, last year’s County Championship winners. The right-armer has signed for 10 first-class games, starting with Warwickshire's second match of the season on April 21, and he could be available for the T20 Blast as well if imports Carlos Brathwaite and Paul Stirling become unavailable during the tournament.
Matt Kelly – Northamptonshire
After helping to lead Western Australia to a drought-breaking Sheffield Shield title this week, Kelly will head to the UK to link up with Northants for their first six first-class games of the season, starting this week.
Jackson Bird – Kent
UPDATE: Former Australia Test bowler Jackson Bird has returned home early after suffering a shoulder injury while playing in the County Championship for Kent. The 35-year-old had signed a deal for the first six matches of the season, but Bird left the field after injuring his shoulder during Kent's defeat to Hampshire in April. A specialist advised him to return to Australia to begin rehabilitation.
Daniel Worrall – Surrey
Worrall is technically not an 'Aussie' in county cricket anymore, having taken advantage of his British passport to sign a multi-year deal as a local player with Surrey. The right-armer will now be based in London full-time, meaning he won't return to South Australia in 2022-23, and could one day be eligible to play for England.
The following players have signed deals to play in the T20 Blast, which will be played between May and July.
Dan Christian – Nottinghamshire
Tim David – Lancashire
Nathan Ellis – Hampshire
Ben McDermott – Hampshire
Josh Philippe - Sussex
Daniel Sams – Essex
Ashton Turner – Durham