Cricket Australia officials wined and dined Australian captain Steve Smith and David Warner in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.
Bowler Pat Cummins regularly hit 150km/h as Australia wrapped up the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series against New Zealand.
Just down the road from Australia's political power base, Steve Smith's men have re-asserted their one-day international authority.
Cricket's annual war with 'pitchsiders' is back on.
Cricket Australia team performance manager Pat Howard is expected to be quizzed by CA directors on the shortcomings of the Australian Test team this summer at a board meeting in Melbourne on Thursday.
The all-rounder was left out for the first one-day international against New Zealand at the SCG following his team-enforced fine for comments about teammate Matthew Wade.
Shane Warne wants the job but Mike Hussey has emerged as the hot favourite to mentor Australia's Twenty20 team for the series against Sri Lanka in February that clashes with the Test squad's tour of India.
There is a day coming soon enough, Australia hopes, when they can field a grand slam of the generation's best fast bowlers.
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.
Australia's players union chief has called for the views of players to be canvassed more heavily by Cricket Australia in its scheduling of the lead-up to next year's Ashes series, which will feature a day-night Test match between Australia and England for the first time.