David Warner on Friday became only the second Australian since Don Bradman to score three consecutive Test centuries, but Pakistan have strengthened their grip on the first Test.
With bat rather than ball Pat Cummins has played the hero to edge NSW into Sunday's Matador Cup final at the SCG, combining with fellow Blues young gun Ryan Carters to clinch a nailbiting win over Queensland on Friday night.
Weston Creek Molonglo 17-year-old Kevin Jacob will make his Futures League debut for the ACT Comets in Monday's match with Queensland.
From Shane Watson to Mitch Marsh, and James Faulkner to Glenn Maxwell, Australia are not suffering from an absence of quality all-rounders.
David Warner is closing in on his third consecutive Test ton, but Australia have little margin for error if they are to avoid a shock defeat.
A year after fearing his international career was over, David Warner is in the form of his life, intent to inflict damage on the opposition rather than himself.
Stephen O'Keefe thought his first wicket was never going to come as Pakistan gave the debutant a tough initiation to Test cricket.
The Ashes cult hero is booked in to take part in the T20 Big Bash over the coming summer.
Australia's ploy to play two spinners failed to reap a wicket on day one but Nathan Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe are set to play key roles in the first Test on Thursday.