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Wobbly Warner, glorious Green and the rest: How Australia players fared in IPL 2023

David Warner, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell
by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

Fourteen cricketers from Australia featured in IPL 2023 – though not all of them got a match in the season. Here is how they fared.

Australia cricketers at IPL 2023: Lucknow Super Giants

With 408 runs (that too at a strike rate of 150), Marcus Stoinis was the leading run-scorer for Lucknow, who finished fourth in the season. The 40-ball 72 against Punjab Kings and the 47-ball 89 not out against Mumbai Indians were acts of outright violence. With the ball, he was used mostly in emergency, though he did pick up five wickets in 10.5 expensive overs.

Daniel Sams, Lucknow’s other Australian, did not get a match in IPL 2023.


Australia cricketers at IPL 2023: Mumbai Indians

Batting down the order, Tim David faced only 146 balls in 15 innings, and he slammed 231 runs at 158. He did not get a fifty, but that was because he often ran out of balls to face or the target had been achieved. His 14-ball 45 not out helped Mumbai become the first side to chase a total in excess of 200 at the Wankhede in IPL history. He also held 10 catches.

Cam Green scored at 160, a rate even quicker than David. Of his 452 runs, exactly 100 not out came in a must-win final league match: he helped Mumbai make a mockery of a target of 201. Green also bowled 2.2 overs a match, picked up key wickets, and fielded brilliantly.

For Mumbai, only Piyush Chawla finished with more wickets than Jason Behrendorff’s 14, though Akash Madhwal matched the count. Quick and accurate, Behrendorff went for 9.12 an over – a reasonable job at Wankhede Stadium, the only venue at which runs were scored at over 10 this season.

After Jhye Richardson was ruled out with an injury, Mumbai roped in Riley Meredith, who claimed seven wickets in five matches but did not play after April.

Australia cricketers at IPL 2023: Rajasthan Royals

A high-profile spinner like Adam Zampa seemed an overkill in a squad that boasted of R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal, backed up M Ashwin. Playing only on surfaces that aided spin, Zampa bowled beautifully, sometimes even inside the powerplay, to finish with eight wickets while going at 8.54 an over.

Australia cricketers at IPL 2023: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Glenn Maxwell made 400 runs at 183 in a season when none of the middle-order bats in his side reached 150 or struck at 140. In short, he did a Glenn Maxwell. The openers, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis made more runs, but the destructive Maxwell went on one solo mission after another throughout the season. Oh, he also bowled if needed.

Injuries restricted Josh Hazlewood to three matches and nine overs, but there was one memorable spell. Defending only 127 at the Ekana Stadium, Hazlewood bowled a testing spell to finish with 3-0-15-2 as Lucknow were bowled out for 108.

Australia cricketers at IPL 2023: Punjab Kings

Good enough to keep Kagiso Rabada out of the XI on a consistent basis, Nathan Ellis claimed 13 wickets – next to only Arshdeep Singh’s 17 for Punjab – and went for 8.92, the least among the Punjab fast bowlers.

A last-minute replacement for the injured Jonny Bairstow, Matthew Short played six matches with one impressive performance, against Lucknow: his 22-ball 34 helped Punjab recover from 17-2 and eventually chase 160.

Australia cricketers at IPL 2023: Delhi Capitals

The only Australian to lead a franchise this season, David Warner was reduced to helplessness with wickets falling like ninepins around him. Having to stay at the crease as well as score quickly, Warner perhaps ended up scoring slower than he would have wanted to – his 392 runs came at 132 – though his six fifties included a couple of brisk innings.

Mitchell Marsh struggled with the bat (128 runs at 132), but it was his bowling that took all by surprise. He claimed 12 wickets at 10 balls apiece, a strike rate better than anyone in the league with as many wickets. Not bad for someone who seldom bowls in international cricket.

Gujarat Titans, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, or Sunrisers Hyderabad did not sign up any Australian cricketer for IPL 2023.

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