Australia coach Justin Langer remains in regular dialogue with Steve Smith and David Warner, who will not be rushed directly back into the national set-up once their 12-month bans end on March 28.
Turn on your TV most weekends and you'll be faced with a plethora of live sporting action. Whilst it's good news for the die-hard fan, a congested market means less viewers, fewer spectators and a fight for survival.
Ben Cutting hits 17-ball half century as he joins Max Bryant to star with the bat and keep Brisbane Heat's BBL finals chances alive by beating Melbourne Stars by 10 wickets.
A gutsy Beth Mooney guides the Brisbane Heat to a three-wicket upset of the Sydney Sixers to claim their maiden Women's Big Bash League title.
Matthew Wade, who has been prolific in domestic cricket this season, hits out at Australian selectors after being overlooked for the Sri Lanka Test series, while Kurtis Patterson gets picked on the weight of his recent runs.
Needing maximum runs for a last-ball win in the WBBL semi-final, Nicola Carey could not have made a sweeter connection, only to be denied glory by a peach of a catch by the Heat's Haidee Birkett on the boundary rope.
The WBBL semi-finals produce matching last-ball drama, with Brisbane Heat beating the Sydney Thunder with a glorious catch and the Sydney Sixers getting a run out before beating the Melbourne Renegades in a super over.
Spectators at Thursday night's Big Bash League match that was cut short due to a power outage will get free entry to next week's Australia-Sri Lanka Test.
A Big Bash clash between the Heat and Thunder is abandoned after a power outage sees the Gabba plunged into darkness seven days before the ground hosts a day-night Test between Australia and Sri Lanka.
Australian wicketkeeper and batter Alyssa Healy is declared the best T20 international player of 2018, and named in both the Twenty20 team and one day teams of the year.