The West Indies' abandonment of their tour of India is the sort of mess that only they could contrive.
National selector Mark Waugh has confirmed Josh Hazlewood is a serious contender to make a Test debut this summer.
Peter Siddle has added five kilos of bulk in a bid to regain the speed Darren Lehmann craves from his quicks, and says he is ready to show his meat-free diet can provide the fuel he needs to survive the searing heat of the Middle East.
West Indies women's captain Merissa Aguilleira doesn't want the drama enveloping the men's team to affect her side's history-making tour of Australia.
England batsman says although he had not yet read his book he remains a firm supporter of the out-of-favour Pietersen.
The irony is obvious to Ben Dunk. Unwanted by Darren Lehmann in Queensland two years ago the wicketkeeper-batsman took the road less travelled to national selection, but found himself very much back in the Australian coach's thoughts.
Australia will head into the first Test against Pakistan with renewed doubt over its ability to fight the familiar twin foes of spin and reverse swing as the team aims to regain the No.1 Test ranking in the Middle East.
Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards has described as "deeply concerning" the crisis that has seen the West Indies abandon their tour of India over a pay dispute, resulting in fears about their participation in this summer's World Cup and their future as a Test-playing nation.
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