Queensland opener Joe Burns isn't down about Test squad omission.
Chris Dutton Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed David Pocock to break the shackles of his injury woes to deliver as a "world-class performer", but admits he needs more time to gauge what role the former Test skipper will have at the World Cup.
Jesse Hogan Given Steve Smith has moved up the order in the one-day team and is poised to replicate that in Tests, it is only fitting he has done the same in the contracts which reflect players' importance to the Australian cricket team.
Georgina Robinson The most thrilling final round ever seen in the history of the Six Nations has prompted World Cup-winning super coach Clive Woodward to call for administrators to look at using a bonus point system in the prestigious northern hemisphere competition.
Adam Pengilly Straight-track specialist Chautauqua has not raced north of the border for almost a year, but the grey's return to Sydney hasn't fazed the Hawkes Racing partnership ahead of the mouth-watering TJ Smith Stakes clash at Randwick on Saturday.
Adam Pengilly Doncaster Mile markets remained stable despite two of the favourites, Hallowed Crown and Real Impact, drawing wide gates for the 150th running of the $3 million Randwick feature on Saturday.
Chris Roots After the group 1 successes of Contributer and Hartnell in recent weeks, Godolphin will look to Hauraki to become its first Australian bred top level winner in the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday.
David Sygall While Australia's top wicketkeepers were playing slog-a-six in the Big Bash League over December and January, Peter Nevill kept his head down and worked on his long-form game.
Matt Murnane The fear of failure is a "security blanket" Jason Day is finally prepared to shed as he embraces the expectation he will become Australia's second US Masters winner.
Jesse Hogan Adam Voges and Fawad Ahmed demanded selection for winter tour through the dominance of this summer's Sheffield Shield runs and wickets tallies, Rod Marsh says.