Phillip Hughes was batting on 63. His family was present at the ground as he played another classy innings. The 25-year-old would have known that another 37 runs could get him back into the Australian squad for the upcoming four-match Test series against India.
Former Australian batsman and current national selector Mark Waugh has lashed out at Cricket Australia's decision to force an early selection of the squad for the first cricket Test against India, believing that the move was prompted by "marketing purposes".
Australia pacer Peter Siddle said Friday he expected the national selectors to judge actions rather than figures in determining the best bowling attack for the Test series against India starting Dec 4.
Back on their favoured quick and bouncy pitches, Australia`s failings against spin bowling are unlikely to figure at the World Cup and the co-hosts have an excellent opportunity to win a fifth trophy, according to former batsman Mike Hussey.
Cameron White is hoping his flexibility as a batsman might bring an end to his three-and-a-half year exile from one-day international cricket and earn him a place in the Australia squad for next year`s World Cup.
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood received his reward for some fine domestic form on Wednesday when he was included in a pace-heavy 13-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against South Africa next month.
Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has opened up on his relationship with coach Darren Lehmann, saying that the mentor is like a big brother and there has always been respect and friendship between them.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson sounded out a warning for the Indian team, which would be touring Down Under in December, that the home team's groundsmen will prepare "conducive pitches" just like their Indian counterparts do during an away series.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid paid glowing tributes to his one time contemporary and powerful Australian opener Matthew Hayden terming him as one player, who was equally adept on bouncy pitches of Australia as well as the turners in the sub-continent.