Australian cricketer Marcus North has reportedly announced his retirement from first-class and domestic one-day cricket, saying that he believes he has `lost the fight` " required to remain a full-time professional cricketer after 15 years.
New South Wales won the Sheffield Shield title for the first time since 2007-2008 when skipper Steve Smith and his Western Australian counterpart agreed to end the rain-interrupted domestic first-class final early.
Australia captain Michael Clarke batted with a broken shoulder on the recent tour of South Africa and has been advised to rest, ruling him out of the domestic first class final later this week, Cricket Australia said on Monday.
Australia will play a number of first-class matches in the domestic Sheffield Shield competition under lights next week as a trial for playing day-night test cricket, Cricket Australia said on Saturday.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is reportedly inspired by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum`s history-making triple century against India to be a serious first-class player and extend his Test career.
Australian fast bowler Clint McKay has become the 11th player from a domestic side to be pulled into line for breaching Cricket Australia`s (CA) code of conduct after copping a breach notice for using an `audible obscenity` during a Sheffield Shield match.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will reportedly not play in the domestic Sheffield Shield matches between the Ashes Tests despite looking in need of a long hit against a red ball during the first Ashes Test.
Australian batsman David Warner has almost sealed his berth for the winter Ashes series after he scored a commanding century in a Sheffield Shield match at the MCG, just two weeks ahead of the first Ashes Test at Brisbane.
Rested Australian captain Michael Clarke has described as `rusty` his comeback to cricket for domestic side New South Wales (NSW) against Tasmania in the first round of the Sheffield Shield tournament, although it signified a temporary end to his back problems.
Australia`s stand-in captain George Bailey and his ODI team playing in India will reportedly be given special consideration for the winter Ashes series even if they do not play well in the Sheffield Shield matches after returning from the sub-continent.