The Test opener whacked a ton against the Bulls, then backed Shaun Marsh to seize the summer at the top of the Test batting order.
Warner on song, Siddle restricted and some interesting salad.
Josh Hazlewood finds some form, pink balls fail to make a move and Jackson Bird presses his case for Test selection.
The Queensland opener has given Australian selectors a welcome headache as he withstood a Test-strength attack to make a final lunge at squad for the first Test against South Africa in Perth.
The Australian coach says he worked closely with Clarke and Cricket Australia has the balance right when it comes to running the national side.
The Blues are on top on day one thanks to Smith and fellow centurian Kurtis Patterson, while Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns withstood a late-night assault to ensure they can press their claims for a recall.
Darren Lehmann made light of Khawaja's "scapegoat" comments but was serious when he said fitness and form would dictate who filled the vacancies in the first Test team to face South Africa.
There are some excellent things happening in Australian boxing circles at the moment. Danny Green fighting Anthony Mundine a decade after their first bout is not one of them.
The Sky Blues coach says a revamped training schedule has paid dividends as their high-pressure football sees them soar to the top of the A-League ladder.
Nick Kyrgios doesn't need to tone it right down. Like McEnroe and Ivanisevic before him, he needs to find a way to turn it up when the moment arrives.