Smith, Williamson carrying two nations' hopes

Andrew Wu 5:27 PM   As Brendon McCullum plans a repeat of Australia's Ashes nightmare, two of the world's best batsmen, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson, enter the Trans Tasman Test series aware the fate of their side could well hinge on their performances.

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Little brother's big chance

Skippers: Brendon McCullum (left) and Steve Smith will go head to head from Friday.

Greg Baum 5:55 PM   Australia and New Zealand don't get around to playing one another at Test cricket very much, and when they do the Kiwis tend to promise more than they deliver. 

Pattinson setback ends Bird's Test drought

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Jackson Bird of Australia warms up during an Australian nets session at Basin ...

Andrew Wu 6:22 PM   Jackson Bird has gone from being completely out of Australia's Test picture to becoming a key part in the team's quest to regain the No.1 ranking in New Zealand.

Clarke backs away from talk of Aussie return

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, right.

5:39 PM   Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has poured cold water on speculation he is positioning himself for a return to the international arena.

Lack of Aussie T20 practice concerns Maxwell

Underdone: Glenn Maxwell is concerned about Australia's lead-up to the World Twenty20.

Ronny Lerner 4:26 PM   Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has lamented the lack of Twenty20 lead-in matches his country will participate in before next month's World Cup in India.

McCullum savours milestone

Brendon McCullum

4:24 PM   New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum will dust off his stinking Test cap for the last series with a few less runs under his belt than he would have liked, but still a satisfied man.

Security threat, pay dispute hit World T20

Chris Gayle with the trophy after the West Indies won the 2012 World Twenty20. Next month's tournament has been beset by ...

Nick Hoult 9:00 AM   The World Twenty20 to be held in India next month is mired in rows over venues, terrorism threats towards Pakistan which could prevent them taking part, and another pay dispute involving the West Indies.

Broad overlooked for World Twenty20

Missing out: Stuart Broad.

Nick Hoult 9:13 AM   England have overlooked the No.1 bowler in Test cricket for the World Twenty20 squad.

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Smith, Williamson carrying hopes of two nations

Clash of the Titans: Australia's Steve Smith and New Zealand's Kane Williamson will each carry a heavy load in the Test ...

Andrew Wu 5:27 PM   As Brendon McCullum plans a repeat of Australia's Ashes nightmare, two of the world's best batsmen, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson, enter the Trans Tasman Test series aware the fate of their side could well hinge on their performances.

Maxwell back, unfazed by form

 Glenn Maxwell.

2:37 PM   Glenn Maxwell insists he's hitting the ball as well as ever despite a run drought at international level.

Bird gets nod in Test selection shock

Bolter: Melbourne Stars' bowler Jackson Bird's Shield form has seen him get a surprise call-up.

Andrew Wu 11:25 AM   Australia have made a shock move at selection, recalling forgotten paceman Jackson Bird for the first Test at the expense of James Pattinson.

Gayle and Watson bury hatchet after sexism row

Shane Watson and Chris Gayle hug it out. Sort of.

Adam Pengilly   Shane Watson and Chris Gayle appear to have overcome their bad blood over the sexism row, posing for a photo together before their Indian Premier League campaign with the Royal Challengers.

Women cricketers receive $500k boost

Alex Blackwell says "we're on the right track".

Larissa Nicholson, Scott Bailey   A $500,000 kicker from Australia's male cricketers has ensured their female counterparts now have their private health insurance covered.

Waugh refuses to bite after Warnie slur

"There's a lot of reasons I don't like Steve Waugh," said Shane Warne.

Megan Levy   Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh has refused to bite back after his former teammate Shane Warne launched a diatribe against him on a reality television program, labeling Waugh the " most selfish cricketer I've played with".

No-ball issues still worrying Pattinson

Ready for the Kiwis: James Pattinson worked up some lively pace in the nets at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday.

Andrew Wu   James Pattinson is looming as a major weapon for Australia as they aim to regain the No.1 Test ranking in New Zealand, but he is yet to get on top of his no-ball issues.

Shades of England in Black Caps' green-top

Strip search: Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and David Warner of Australia inspect the wicket at Basin Reserve.

Andrew Wu   Australia's batsmen must overcome a juicy-looking green-top made to order for New Zealand's high-class swingmen, in their toughest test since their Ashes defeat.

Just shut up and eat the grubs Shane

Peter FitzSimons.

Peter FitzSimons   Bloody hell Shane! Really? You must have played with, like, a thousand cricketers over the years, and Steve Waugh really stands out that much?

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West Indies locked in another pay dispute

Speaking up: Darren Sammy.

Adam Pengilly   Most of their players preferred to use the Big Bash rather than a Test series as a warm-up for the Twenty20 World Cup. Now the West Indies squad is locked in another pay dispute, threatening their involvement in the tournament.

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Cricketers face sin-bin in discipline crackdown

New look: Work is underway on the new Warner Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground, home of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

Nick Hoult   Club cricketers in England could be sent off or banished to a sin-bin for 10 overs this summer as lawmakers try to address increasing levels of bad behaviour.

What a cheek: Khawaja gets grabby with Zampa

Australian opening batsman Usman Khawaja squeezes teammate Adam Zampa's behind ahead of the ODI against the Black Caps ...

As the Australians prepare in Wellington for the opening cricket test, a short video clip has emerged of some emotional scenes during the national anthem before their ODI win over the Black Caps at the Cake Tin last weekend.

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Hastings takes a swipe at Kiwis over Marsh dismissal

"A weird one": John Hastings (centre) was unimpressed with the Kiwis' appeal.

Australian quick John Hastings has taken a swipe at New Zealand's cricketers in the aftermath of Mitch Marsh's controversial dismissal on Monday.

De Kock, Amla tons sink England

South Africa's batsman Quinton de Kock, celebrates his century.

Centuries from openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla guided South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over England on Tuesday that kept alive their hopes of winning the five-match series of one-day internationals.

Black is the new pink

Old and new: the latest pink ball (right) has black stitching instead of green and white.

Chris Barrett   Manufacturer Kookaburra hopes its new pink ball will ease visibility concerns aired by batsmen after the historic Adelaide Test under lights.

CA rejects talk of early TV deal

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24:  Michael Hussey of the Thunder celebrates with team-mate Shane Watson of the Thunder ...

Chris Barrett   Rights to the Big Bash League are tipped to be fiercely contested when cricket begins negotiations with networks but speculation of an early venture into the market has been doused.

Mooney and Cheatle make T20 squad

Impressive: Beth Mooney is in the squad for the Women's World Twenty20.

Rob Forsaith, Larissa Nicholson   Young guns Beth Mooney and Lauren Cheatle have been included in Australia's 15-player squad for the Women's World Twenty20.

Australia's World T20 spin ranks thin after selectors buck trend

Victoria's Matthew Wade led the Bushrangers to a Sheffield Shield title in his second season as captain.

Andrew Wu   The logic applied to dump Matthew Wade as wicketkeeper for the World T20 was not extended to strengthen Australia's slow bowling stocks, leaving the team dangerously thin for spin in India.

Osborne looks to rebound after home series omission

Erin Osborne has been named in Australia's women's T20 side.

Zac Lowe   A T20 call-up didn't appear to be on the cards for Erin Osborne after she had been left out of Australia's one-day squad for their┬áseries against India.

Honeymoon is over for Steve Smith

First test as captain: Steve Smith.

Andrew Wu   The honeymoon is over for Steve Smith. For the first time in the Australian captain's reign he is short of runs and presiding over a team that is not winning.

Wade dumped from World T20 squad

Paying the price for a miserable spell: Matthew Wade.

Matthew Wade has paid the price for his poor form with the gloves and been dumped as Australia's wicketkeeper for the World T20 in India, raising question marks over his international future.

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Ponting's fears for captain Smith

Captain of all formats: Steve Smith.

Ronny Lerner   Cricket legend Ricky Ponting fears that being captain of Australia in all three formats of the game will eventually catch up with Steve Smith.

'The most selfish cricketer I've played with'

"There's a lot of reasons I don't like Steve Waugh," said Shane Warne.

Ronny Lerner and Jesse Hogan   Spin king Shane Warne has launched a stinging verbal attack on his former captain Steve Waugh, labelling him "the most selfish cricketer I've played with".

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