Australia superstar Steve Smith is confident there will be a "good" wicket at the MCG in time for December 26.
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.
After disappointing again with the bat against New Zealand, Joe Root has slipped out of the top 10 of the ICC's Test rankings.
Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy could all be in action in the inaugural fixture of The Hundred.
Coach Misbah-ul-Haq says the tourists' pace bowlers must be on the money and attempt to frustrate Steve Smith.
Nicholas Pooran admitted altering the condition of the ball for West Indies during the third ODI against Afghanistan.
Australia captain Tim Paine reminded the squad of their responsibilities after high-profile reprimands for Steve Smith and James Pattinson.
The Sydney Sixers have announced the signing of Australia star Steve Smith for the 2019-20 Big Bash League season.
Australia are set to make a change at the top of the order for the first Test against Pakistan.