Chloe Saltau's 12-person Test team of the year has at least one big surprise.
Chloe Saltau is the chief cricket writer at The Age, regularly covering international cricket and providing news, comment and analysis on international cricket. She joined The Age as a trainee in 1998 and spent several years writing for general news (chiefly as a social policy reporter covering welfare and family issues) before moving to sport.
England are "mad" to have banished Kevin Pietersen, according to his Melbourne Stars teammate John Hastings, who believes the reborn batsman has brought the missing ingredient that could help the Stars break their semi-final curse in Perth on Sunday night.
Pace mentor Ali de Winter has lost his job with Australia's limited-overs teams in a major change to Darren Lehmann's coaching staff before the World Cup.
The biggest threat to David Warner bursting out of the doghouse to claim his first Allan Border Medal next week is Steve Smith, who already has the keys to the penthouse.
Australia’s expert finisher James Faulkner sees no reason for the home team to tone down its aggression as it prepares to renew hostilities with India in Melbourne on Sunday.
India captain MS Dhoni has shut down questions about his Test retirement, enforcing his right to remain silent on anything other than his side's triangular series campaign commencing against Australia at the MCG on Sunday.
Captain one game, dropped for the next. That is the bizarre situation that could confront interim skipper George Bailey if Michael Clarke's determined quest to meet the selectors' World Cup fitness deadline is successful.
Six bowlers who came under official scrutiny during the recent crackdown on throwing are set to run the gauntlet at next month's World Cup, the first global event to be staged under the new, hardline approach to suspect actions.
David Warner has delivered the first big statement ahead of cricket's biggest event, declaring there is no bowler in the World Cup he fears.
The stringent fitness deadline imposed on Michael Clarke shows the trust issues that existed before the Test summer are still simmering beneath the surface.