There aren't many lonelier jobs in the world than wicketkeeper.
Ian Chappell, whose capacious cricket brain I draw on frequently during Australian summers, offers his characteristically blunt advice to skippers who want to offer their opponent first use of the wicket in a Test match.
Things really are getting rather spicy in that marvellous old beast that is the Sheffield Shield.
When Nathan Lyon passed Hugh Trumble's mark of 141 for the most number of Test wickets taken by an Australian off-spinner in Jamaica in June 2015, his teammates dubbed him the GOAT.
Coach Darren Lehmann has apologised on behalf of the Australian team for its embarrassing Ashes series thumping in England.
When Tim Paine takes the field at the Gabba on Thursday for the first Ashes Test, it will have been 2,596 days since he last represented his country in white clothing.
Australia is on top in the second Test in Adelaide and it's all thanks to a magnificent unbeaten century from S̶t̶e̶v̶e̶ ̶S̶m̶i̶t̶h̶ Shaun Marsh.
Australia vice-captain David Warner will be right to play in this month's Test tour of Bangladesh, despite suffering a blow to the neck during a practice game in Darwin, coach Darren Lehmann has said. Warner retired hurt after he was struck on the n
Politicians are known more for breaking promises than bones, but US secretary of state John Kerry did the latter at the weekend, fracturing his right femur while cycling in France.
England captain Joe Root has fired back in response to Nathan Lyon's pre-Ashes niggle, calling it irrelevant and suggesting the Australian has placed undue pressure on himself.