Western Australia lost 4-8 to put NSW in pole position to host the Sheffield Shield final in Canberra.
Ryan Harris is facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines after his heroics in South Africa and could miss Australia's next Test series in October.
Quack, quack, quack - that's the sound of Shaun Marsh's last three innings as the Test batsman's recent run of outs continued.
The first day of the Sheffield Shield game between NSW and WA at Manuka Oval turned up a few surprises.
The final round of the Sheffield Shield will determine which two teams contest the Shield final, with only Tasmania and Victoria out of contention.
Despite his Test sucesses, Nathan Lyon knows the ''former curator'' questions are inevitable when he returns to Manuka.
Nathan Lyon and Justin Langer have backed the push for Manuka to host Test cricket.
His fearsome pace bowling destroyed England and South Africa, but it is a guiding hand from Mitch Johnson which Jason Behrendorff hopes helps him build an international career.
Manuka Oval is on the verge of hosting the Sheffield Shield final - if NSW to beat WA to finish top of the ladder.
Seven Test players, ODI star Adam Voges, a hat-trick of Canberra's cricket talent and a Sheffield Shield final up for grabs.