Its suitability as an international venue is an open question but New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has lauded Eden Park ahead of the Twenty20 tri-series final against Australia.
Steve Smith says Australia could learn a thing or two from England's freewheeling one-day international style after the visitors blazed their way to a series-opening victory.
AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has made another bold push for a mid-year trade period, declaring it would help to create a more equal competition.
Cameron Bancroft continued his late charge for an Ashes berth with an unbeaten 161 for Western Australia in their Sheffield Shield match against South Australia.
Glenn Maxwell may be the Test No.6 frontrunner but South Australian captain Travis Head says young bolter Jake Lehmann is ready to be thrown into the Ashes cauldron.
South Australia’s AFL teams will face off in a pre-season Showdown on Port Adelaide’s home turf next year - but the league remains uncertain its hybrid ‘AFLX’ format will see the light of day in 2018.