Aaron Finch has been axed as Australia's Twenty20 captain on the eve of the World Twenty20, with Steve Smith to replace him.
Jesse Hogan has been a reporter at The Age since 2004, and has been part of its sports department since 2008. He is primarily focused on cricket and has covered a number of the Australian team's overseas tours, including the 2011 World Cup. He also reports on AFL and soccer.
The suspension of two IPL teams that looked set to be a financial blow for Shane Watson has become a financial boon, with the all-rounder surging to become Australia's highest-paid player in the competition with a $A1.96 million deal.
If fast-bowler Jake Reed makes his return to Victoria's team in coming weeks he will not take it for granted. The obvious reason for that is because it will have come after two injury-plagued years. The less obvious, but more pertinent, reason is that cricket has provided him a way out of a lifestyle that was taking him "off the rails".
Sam Harper was supposed to be captaining Australia at the under-19 World Cup this week.
It has been the recurring question in Australian cricket for much of the past decade: where have all the young batsmen gone? We might have a finally have a answer, with more under-23 batsmen making Sheffield Shield centuries that at any stage in the past two decades.
James Pattinson is adamant bowling only 39.3 overs in the past five weeks is enough for him to be ready to face New Zealand next week.
Peter Siddle's advice to be patient with James Pattinson after his muted return from injury was vindicated by his fellow paceman's improved bowling on day two of the Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.
Peter Siddle hopes his impressive comeback from injury, snaring two wickets with the new ball in the Sheffield Shield, has convinced Australian selectors he's readyfor next week's first Test in New Zealand.
Peter Siddle's impressive comeback from injury in front of Australian selector Mark Waugh was contrasted by the inability of James Pattinson to do the same.
Peter Siddle and James Pattinson have one match to prove they have overcome injury and are ready to travel to New Zealand with fellow contender Jackson Bird for next week's series-opening Test.