The Boxing Day Test is just a matter of weeks away and there is concern over the surface at the MCG.
Australia and New Zealand will be watching proceedings in Melbourne very closely, with the trans-Tasman rivals set to clash.
New Zealand pair Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme will fly to Australia with the rest of the Test squad.
James Johnson will begin in the role of Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief executive officer next year.
Rugby Australia (RA) chief executive Raelene Castle defended the decision to settle with Israel Folau.
David Warner should have been given an opportunity to chase Brian Lara's record of 400 in a Test innings, says the Windies legend.
Former Australia international Israel Folau says he has been "vindicated" after reaching a settlement with Rugby Australia.
David Warner and Joe Root were on the climb, as Virat Kohli reclaimed top billing in the ICC's batting rankings.
Helping or undermining? Steve Smith has had his say on claims he was "white-anting" Australia captain Tim Paine.
Negotiations over Israel Folau's claim to recoup 14 million Australian dollars from Rugby Australia have reached a conclusion.