The Australian welterweight contender has been spectacularly written off by one of the judges who presided over his most recent fight.
The coach of the tourists says they must forget their old-fashioned approach to 50-over cricket and start attacking with the bat if they are to match aggressive outfits like Australia.
The Australian welterweight hasn't concerned himself with wondering why he's been given a golden ticket against the Filipino great. But he has no doubt he can deliver in one of the biggest bouts ever held on these shores.
Chris Lynn failed to fire but Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell would pour on timely runs in the opening one-dayer in Brisbane.
Dimitrov, the world No.17, will be a man to avoid in the Australian Open after he capped a week of strong form with victory over Kei Nishikori on Pat Rafter Arena.
Glimpses of form in the warm-up events won't be enough for the chasing pack to unseat Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The Japanese star upset Stan Wawrinka to book himself at spot in the Brisbane final as he continues to shine ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2017.
Organisers of the April fight between Filipino icon Pacquiao and the rising Brisbane star Horn are set to start scouting Sydney venues as a bidding war looks set to erupt for one of the biggest bouts in Australian history.
The huge-serving Canadian advanced to the semi-finals with a three-set win over Nadal on Pat Rafter Arena, delivering 23 aces in the process.
The Sydneysider won the Victorian tournament now under the microscope of police, who have charged former Australian Open boys champion Oliver Anderson with match-fixing.