The axing of misfiring Australian batsman Shaun Marsh has provided sweet relief for Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal.
Kurtis Patterson’s twin tour-game centuries against Sri Lanka have earned him a shot at a national debut with a late call-up to Australia’s Test squad.
Australia have completed a 10-wicket victory in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, with England facing all manner of on-field and off-field problems as they attempt to pick up the pieces.
UPDATED | The gloves are off over an investigation into England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow’s physical clash with Cameron Bancroft after Ian Botham claimed it was “pathetic” that Australia had dredged up the incident.
Swing king Chadd Sayers is firming to make his Test debut on his Adelaide home ground after being retained in Australia’s squad despite missing the cut for the Ashes opener in Brisbane.
Test great Justin Langer has denied throwing Matt Renshaw “under the bus”, saying he was merely highlighting the increasing pressure that is building on the out-of-form opener.