South Australian Chadd Sayers has rocketed into Ashes calculations, with the Sheffield Shield swing king joining wildcard wicketkeeper Tim Paine and perpetual comeback kid Shaun Marsh in a controversial 13-man squad named this morning.
Steve Smith insists he won't be deciding Australia's Ashes selection conundrums, rubbishing the notion as "absolute garbage".
Matthew Wade is confident he will weather an almighty challenge to his place in Australia's Test XI, with coach Darren Lehmann declaring South Australia's potential bolter Alex Carey "very impressive".
Australian cricket's brains trust will hope to expedite selection discussions but also pink-ball plans for England during the opening round of the Sheffield Shield.
David Warner is among many Australians watching the Ben Stokes saga unfold with interest, having been severely punished by his employers following an altercation some four years ago.
Ben Stokes remains England's vice-captain but ongoing investigations into the firebrand's latest misdeed means his Ashes hopes are still up in the air.