Australia's top cricketers remain opposed to a day-night Ashes Test next summer, as the upgraded pink ball went under the microscope on Tuesday on the opening day of the Sheffield Shield season.
Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.
The message is loud and clear. Australia's top cricketers are complaining there are too many matches, and the need to satisfy bilateral agreements and television contracts is diluting the honour of representing your country.
Shaun Marsh's hopes of retaining his spot in the Test side to face South Africa hinge on how well he recovers from a fitness test on Monday night.
Test batsman Adam Voges has warned teammates to act naturally in the field when it comes to verbal warfare otherwise they risk losing their focus on the task at hand.
Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says the Test side has suffered as a result of David Warner's "vow of silence".
Australian batsman Adam Voges hopes his native WACA wicket will provide a return to the glory years of pace and bounce when the first Test begins against South Africa.
If Mark Taylor has a message for Steve Smith in what shapes as a testing summer, it's this. Stay relaxed.
Australian Cricketers' Association president Greg Dyer has taken aim at the International Cricket Council, amid fears nothing is being done to "stem the declining interest" in Test cricket.
World cricket authorities will investigate what would be a radical split of Test nations into two conferences as a way of reinvigorating the traditional format.
Coach Darren Lehmann and former great Matthew Hayden have cleared the air, with Australia urged to rebound from a "poor winter".