Uncapped speedster Lockie Ferguson tested New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in the nets, heightening speculation that he could make his international debut in Sunday's Chappell-Hadlee series opener against Australia at the SCG.
Daniel Cherny The man who carried out the most infamous act in Trans-Tasman sporting history says the one-day international series named after his family may struggle to survive long-term.
Caden Helmers On the field Brad Haddin seems bulletproof - never short of a word, and renowned for his aggressive style of cricket. Off it, he is a private sort of person. That's why telling his story was so hard.
Daniel Cherny Steve Smith slammed Glenn Maxwell's comments about Matthew Wade as "very disrespectful" as the Australian captain and fellow team leaders fined the mercurial all-rounder an undisclosed amount for his stunning remarks on Thursday.
Chris Dutton and Caden Helmers Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has turned down a chance to captain the Prime Minister's XI in what would have been "my last game".
Chris Barrett There is a day coming soon enough, Australia hopes, when they can field a grand slam of the generation's best fast bowlers.
Chris Barrett Glenn Maxwell's pre-match comments have created tension in the Australian camp in Sydney ahead of Sunday's first one-day international against New Zealand.
Caden Helmers A stress fracture has derailed Jason Behrendorff's Test ambitions just as former Australian captain Allan Border called for the fast bowler to be sized up for a baggy green.
Myles Houlbrook-Walk Ellyse Perry is in the form of her life as the Australian all-rounder heads into the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) final with the New South Wales Lendlease Breakers.
Daniel Cherny The hole in the lives of the Riewoldt family where their daughter and sister should be is more noticeable this time of year.