Afghanistan were all out for just 138 as Ireland inflicted a 72-run defeat on Australia's opening World Cup opponents, in the first of two ODIs in Belfast.
England's World Cup preparations continued as Chris Woakes' five-wicket haul helped condemn Pakistan to a 54-run defeat at Headingley.
Australia coach Justin Langer says bowling is going to be the key to a successful World Cup campaign, in what's set to be a run-scoring bonanza in England.
Marnus Labuschagne, Australia's incumbent No.4 Test batsman, has made two centuries in as many first-class games for English county cricket side Glamorgan.
Australia quick Pat Cummins says a trip to Gallipoli ahead of arriving in England has given the team the inspiration for a successful World Cup campaign.
Superstar AB de Villiers has brushed the BBL but childhood friend, and current South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis could soon be the league's biggest drawcard.
Australia's women's cricketers will play a full 'A' series at home for the first time this summer, before the Twenty20 World Cup.
Peter Siddle scored an unbeaten 40 for Essex but Marnus Labuschagne was dismissed on the second ball in English County Championship action on Wednesday.
Australian Riki Wessels has reached three figures of 120 balls, with four sixes and 13 fours, on his debut for Worcestershire in the England's County Cricket.
Batsman Chris Lynn will still play for Queensland in the domestic one-day tournament despite being left without a state contract for next summer.
The Australian paceman was left out of the Cricket World Cup squad despite training with the team last week.
Beth Mooney says the T20 World Cup carrot dangling at the end of Australia's longest women's cricket summer will keep her energised.
Josh Hazlewood has reset his focus for the Ashes after a disappointing World Cup snub but hopes selectors will consider him in the case of any fresh injuries.
Craig McMillan will end a successful tenure as New Zealand's batting coach after the cricket World Cup, with Peter Fulton to take the role.