Cricket Australia has confirmed the abandoned Sheffield Shield game between Victoria and Western Australia at the MCG won't be rescheduled.
Cricket Australia will take into account a player desire to start the Indian series at the Gabba when a decision is made on who hosts the tourists next summer.
Englishman Tom Curran, returning for a second season with the Sydney Sixers, wants to learn as much as possible as the T20 World Cup in Australia looms large.
Brisbane Heat recruit Ben Laughlin says he is ready to be unleashed at the Gabba, although he considers it the hardest place to bowl in Twenty20 cricket.
Brendan Doggett, who was part of Australia's Test squad last year and has joined the Sydney Thunder, is ready to return after almost a year on the sidelines.
India have beaten the West Indies by 67 runs in the third and final Twnty20 after half-centuries from Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
New Zealand quick Trent Boult got through a net session seemingly unscathed on Wednesday night to remain a chance of playing the first Test against Australia.
Western Australian officials concede Cricket Australia won't be moving the Boxing Day Test from Melbourne now or any time soon, despite pitch concerns.
The ICC decided against granting an extra drinks break for the opening session of the first Test, despite the temperature in Perth nudging 39 degrees.
South Africa's most successful captain in Test history, Graeme Smith, has been named as the country's acting director of cricket.
Former New Zealand player Ian Smith wants the Black Caps to consider four quicks for the Perth Test in a bid to unleash quick Lockie Ferguson on Australia.
Australia coach Justin Langer says his heart goes out to the people of New Zealand following this week's deadly volcanic eruption.
Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond is surprised and disappointed that Usman Khawaja is with the BBL club, rather than preparing for the first trans-Tasman Test.
Adam Gilchrist believes Steve Smith can take the captaincy from Tim Paine when he retires, as Alex Carey continues to nip at the wicketkeeper's heels.
Australia captain Tim Paine says his NZ counterpart Kane Williamson will be a prized scalp when the first Test gets underway in Perth on Thursday.
Tim Paine expects Australia's big guns to rise against New Zealand in Perth with the Black Caps having not lost a Test series in two-and-a-half years.