Steve Smith personally intervened to ensure most of the Australian team began their season with a day-night match in Brisbane this week to ready themselves for the second pink ball Test of the summer against Pakistan at the Gabba in December.
Daniel Cherny Peter Siddle has charged his way into the frame for the first Test of the summer, while James Pattinson hasn't ruled out a Sheffield Shield return before the end of the year.
Andrew WU Cricket Australia are looking at installing sensors in helmets to help them measure the impact of hits to the head as part of measures aimed at increasing the understanding of concussion in the game.
Jon Pierik Test batsman Adam Voges has warned teammates to act naturally in the field when it comes to verbal warfare otherwise they risk losing their focus on the task at hand.
Jon Pierik Shaun Marsh's hopes of retaining his spot in the Test side to face South Africa hinge on how well he recovers from a fitness test on Monday night.
Jamie Marcuson NSW batsman Nic Maddinson has been ruled out of the opening Sheffield Shield match due to a delayed concussion from a hit in the Matador Cup semi finals.
David Polkinghorne Victorian bowlers might have been shaken when NSW batsman Daniel Hughes was struck in the helmet, but former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin thinks bowlers won't change the way they approach the game.
Chris Barrett Prior to Sunday's final Australia's Test spinner had endured a mostly unhappy tournament but he starred as NSW scored a six-wicket victory over Queensland.
Chris Barrett Former Australian opener Simon Katich has offered his view on Michael Clarke's newly released autobiography during radio commentary of the Matador Cup final on Sunday.
Ben Walker Poor fielding, lack of middle order runs hurts home team's chances at No.1 Oval.
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