Cricket Australia has secured energy provider Alinta Energy as major sponsor for the national men’s team less than two months after the ball tampering scandal.
"We found out about it a week ago.
Those in the 10-man squad all have state contracts, including South Australia’s Jake Weatherald, emerging leg-spinner Lloyd Pope, who burst on to the scene at the World Cup this year when he claimed 8-35 against England, and Western Australia’s Cameron Green, the latter enjoying a five-wicket haul in his maiden Sheffield Shield match as a 17-year-old in February, 2017.
This year’s batch of male talent chosen in the national performance squad was cut from 18 last year to 10, in part because of finances, but also to allow coaches to spend more time with those with a greater chance of playing international cricket within the next five years.
Darren Lehmann may no longer be coach of the Australian side but he could not have said it better when questioned whether the coin toss would be important heading into last year's tour of India.
The different time zones need not be an issue.
Former Test great Mark Waugh is set to step down as an Australian cricket team selector after his contract ends before the 2018-19 summer.