Brydon Coverdale

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Usman Khawaja used the sweep to good effect

Australia news

Lehmann plays down Khawaja 'scapegoat' issue

It remains to be seen whether Usman Khawaja's comments, of being made a "scapegoat" on the tour of Sri Lanka, will affect his chances of being picked in Australia's Test squad but Darren Lehmann said the batsman was not "on the back foot" in terms of sel

The Victorians check on Daniel Hughes after he was struck on the helmet by a bouncer

Matador Cup 2016-17

Maddinson steers New South Wales into final

Nic Maddinson produced a mature and patient innings to steer New South Wales into the Matador Cup final on an evening when history was made by the use of cricket's first concussion substitute

Mitchell Starc gets a high five after striking in the first over of day three

Australia news

Starc confident of being fit for Perth Test

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has declared himself fit for New South Wales' first Sheffield Shield match against Queensland next week, his first game since September 2016

Indika Gallage in Melbourne

One and Done

A forklift driver with a Test cap

Fast bowler Indika Gallage went wicketless in his only Test for Sri Lanka, in 1999, but he remains active as a club cricketer in Melbourne

Max Walker has some fun with his bowling action in a Melbourne street

Big Max: ever the showman

Max Walker put people at ease with his cheerful disposition, self-deprecating humour, and generosity

John Hastings celebrates a wicket

Australia in South Africa 2016-17

Australia's pace depth to be tested

Australia's pace depth will be tested during their ODI tour of South Africa, with none of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, James Pattinson or Pat Cummins present

Mitchell Starc dismissed Dilruwan Perera in the fourth ball of the second innings

Australia news

Starc undergoes surgery after deep shin laceration

Australia are hopeful that key fast bowler Mitchell Starc will be fit for the start of the home summer despite suffering a deep laceration to his left shin during a training mishap on Thursday