Recalled Australian batsman Aaron Finch has opened up about the "hurt" of being axed from Australia's one-day international team but is confident he has made the technical and mental changes needed to prosper.
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Melbourne Stars skipper David Hussey says national selectors should consider reborn slugger Bob Quiney for a surprise international call-up for next month's Twenty20 campaign against Sri Lanka.
The battle to be crowned Australia's best cricketer - and potentially highest paid - is expected to be tight at the Allan Border medal count in Sydney on Monday night.
Former Test captain Allan Border has urged Australia to "hunt as a pack" in India but has questioned why paceman Pat Cummins was overlooked for selection.
This wasn't the script the Melbourne Stars expected from this contest between the competition's top two franchises.
Former Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will return to Sydney for further scans to determine the nature of Monday night's freak injury.
Mitchell Marsh's injury setback could yet inadvertently help him enjoy greater preparation for next month's Test tour of India.
Pay talks between players and Cricket Australia are set to reopen this week, with hopes progress can soon be made.
Australia will look to take a firm grip on their one-day series against Pakistan when the carnival hits Melbourne on Sunday, but several players will also have their thoughts on another sub-continent nation.
Serena Williams has vowed to not let the joy of her recent engagement sink in just yet, declaring her focus is only on claiming a seventh Australian Open.