Irish-born England batsman Eoin Morgan does not believe Cricket Ireland would want to follow the same path as Wales and link up with the English cricket board because the governing body has fought hard to take the country to where it is today, which includes being a three-time qualifier for the ICC World Cup.
Pakistan have Australia in a position they have seldom been in during the past year.
Yasir Shah, the Pakistan debutant who put Australia's Test plans in a spin on Friday, says he was inspired by former spin great Shane Warne.
With bat rather than ball Pat Cummins has played the hero to edge NSW into Sunday's Matador Cup final at the SCG, combining with fellow Blues young gun Ryan Carters to clinch a nailbiting win over Queensland.
Weston Creek Molonglo 17-year-old Kevin Jacob will make his Futures League debut for the ACT Comets in Monday's match with Queensland.
From Shane Watson to Mitch Marsh, and James Faulkner to Glenn Maxwell, Australia are not suffering from an absence of quality all-rounders.
David Warner is closing in on his third consecutive Test ton, but Australia have little margin for error if they are to avoid a shock defeat.
A year after fearing his international career was over, David Warner is in the form of his life, intent to inflict damage on the opposition rather than himself.