The Caribbean Premier League has impressed with its quality.

I must admit, I didn’t expect much going into this tournament. But the Australian-friendly match times and a spattering of Aussies taking part have been a big reason to watch.

There are six Aussies taking place, up from two last year. Here’s their performances so far:

  • Chris Lynn (GUYANA Amazon Warriors) – 246 runs, SR 130.85, ave 61.5
  • Mike Hussey (ST LUCIA Zouks) – 102 runs, SR 107.36, ave 51
  • Shane Watson (ST LUCIA Zouks) – 75 runs, SR 150, ave 25; 6 wickets, Econ 6.91
  • Brad Hodge (ST KITTS AND NEVIS Patriots) – 53 runs
  • Adam Zampa (GUYANA Amazon Warriors) – 12 wickets, Econ 6.95
  • Nic Maddinson (GUYANA Amazon Warriors) – yet to play

Of course, three of these guys are done with international cricket, and continue to make a happy buck around the world.

The other three see themselves firmly in the international picture in the next five years.

Chris Lynn sits second on the run-scoring table, Adam Zampa sits first on the wicket-takers. So it’s no surprise that their side, the Amazon Warriors, are sitting on top of the table.

It’s a shame that Nic Maddinson hasn’t been able to get a crack at it yet, but he’s got a big season for NSW coming up. He’s turning 25 this season and now is the time to put himself at the forefront of the national selectors’ minds.

The West Indies guns have been present, and the South Africans (de Villiers, du Plessis, Amla and Steyn etc) have been doing really well too. Some of the locals have produced some good performances too: Jason Mohammed, Kesrick Williams and Rayad Emrit are three who I didn’t know existed before this tournament.

I’ll certainly be paying attention to this tournament right to the end, I’ve been pleasantly surprised.