The in-form Marnus Labuschagne says having faith in his methods and ability has enabled him to pile on the runs.
Lockie Ferguson was sent for a scan on his injured calf after pulling up during the opening day of the series opener against Australia.
Australia have a decent platform to build from on day two against New Zealand after the in-form Marnus Labuschagne produced once again.
Scott Wisemantel has joined the staff of new Australia head coach Dave Rennie as the Wallabies re-build after the Rugby World Cup.
Trent Boult could miss the first Test against Australia, who have gone with the same side that whitewashed Pakistan.
England and Australia are planning to play Tests in Pakistan in the coming years, according to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani.
Australia superstar Steve Smith is confident there will be a "good" wicket at the MCG in time for December 26.
After 80 appearances for the Socceroos, Mark Milligan has retired from international football.
The Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia has been abandoned, just weeks out from the Australia-New Zealand clash.
The Boxing Day Test is just a matter of weeks away and there is concern over the surface at the MCG.