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Date added: 24 Nov 2016 7 Aussie Players to Watch Out for in 2017

With every year that passes, it seems that more and more Aussie cricketers retire. From Clarke to Watson, Harris to Johnson, a lot of talent has moved out of the rooms and into the commentary box. Luckily, with retirements comes a fresh field of young cricketers, all of whom are looking to stake their claim.  Here is a diverse list of Aussie players to watch out for in 2016/17. Some of these players are more well-known that others, but all of them are looking to light up the cricket pitch.  

Best Aussie Cricket Players 2017


  1. Glenn ‘Big Show’ Maxwell

Known as the ‘Big Show’, Glenn Maxwell will shoulder plenty of responsibility at Punjab this coming IPL season. Maxwell can win games by himself and if he can spread his talent across more forms of the team, he and his Kookaburra Onyx will be in good stead. Maxwell has struggled for consistency in the international team, but we’re confident this prodigious talent will make a statement this season.  


  1. David Warner

The Hyderabad captain was the leading run-scorer in last year’s IPL and it would be a wise bet that he will repeat the feat. Warner will be looking to improve on his unusually lacklustre performance in Australia’s World T20 campaign with a big season. Let’s hope Dave and his Gray Nicolls Kaboom can light the world on fire again.


  1. Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch is often forgotten about in Australian ranks. Bu as the No. 2 ranked T20 batsman in the world, only Chris Gayle can hit bigger than him. He’ll be sure to take his New Balance TC660 and impress in multiple forms of the game this year.


  1. Usman Khawaja

Qualified pilot Usman Khawaja made his Test debut in the 2011 Sydney Test. His career stumbled somewhat for the next few years before re-breaking onto the scene again in the last two years. This year needs to see him dominate and cement his spot. He is 29 years old and in cricket terms he still has many good years left in him. We need a strong classy batsman to diversify from our more electric strikers.


  1. Mitchell Starc

There’s no doubt about it, Mitchell Starc has come into his own in recent seasons. From being named Man of the Tournament at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, to taking his 100th test wicket, and bowling his fastest ever ball (160.4km/h) against New Zealand, he’s going from strength to strength. Mitch is our top bowler at the moment and if he can stay uninjured it will be good to see him steaming in launching cherries.


  1. Patrick Cummins

Nothing says impressive debut like 6-79 in the second innings and hitting the winning runs in a thrilling test. If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s exactly what Patrick Cummins did in South Africa in 2011. Since then Cummins has been hindered by injuries, not uncommon to young fast bowlers.

We know he hasn’t lost his touch, though. He helped Australia win the 2015 ICC World Cup and would have gone on last Septembers tour of Bangladesh had he not suffered another stress fracture in his back. Everyone in Australian cricket is hoping Cummins can overcome these injury years and come out the other side because he still looms as the coming decades leading pace bowler.  

  1. Ashton Agar

After his spectacular teenage Ashes debut - making 98 at No.11 – Agar returned to the obscurity of state cricket in WA. Since then, Agar has worked under the guidance of WA coach Justin Langer and the left-arm spinner has taken several five-wicket hauls. Equally talented with the bat, Agar also has a few centuries to match. At only 22 he could be the prophesied all-rounder we're all waiting for.



From bona fide stars to emerging heroes, that is our list of players to look out for in the 2016/17 season. To make a mark in your next season, visit the coaching and equipment specialists at visit Keith Dudgeon Cricket Specialist.