Worcestershire players are doing their clubs proud in Australia this winter – with THREE of them top of their respective batting averages at Christmas.

Richard Oliver, Ben Cox and Ross Whiteley are leading the way with Geelong City, Greenvale Kangaroos and Prospect CC respectively in the combined 50 over-two day averages.

Geelong skipper Oliver went into the festive season having amassed 445 runs in eight innings at an average of 55.63 in Division One of the Geelong Cricket Association.

The opener scored 116 against Murgheboluc in addition to 65 against Grovedale, 68 versus Newtown and Chilwell and 82 off the Bell Post Hill attack.

Oliver also posted impressive scores of 76 against Lara and 50 at the hands of St. Joseph's in the Geelong Advertiser T20 Cup.

Wicket-keeper Cox has reached the 50 mark in four of his 10 innings for the Kangaroos in the Victorian Cricket Association Bartercard Men's Premier Firsts competition.

He has amassed 386 runs at an average of 48.25 including knocks of 57 versus Melbourne, 93 not out against Hawthorn-Monarch University, 56 not out at the hands of Casey-South Melbourne and 68 versus Northcote.

Whiteley leads the averages for Prospect in the South Australian Cricket Association 'A' grade with 297 runs at an average of 49.50.

He scored 106 against Adelaide University and 98 not out off the Surt attack.

*We will be featuring the performances Down Under of Jack Shantry, Ed Barnard, Joe Leach and Joe Clarke on the website during the next few days.