Tim Bresnan has been added to England's Ashes squad, and is in the reckoning to play in the second Test in Adelaide this week.
New Zealand will give Kane Williamson a late fitness Test ahead of the opening Test against the West Indies in Dunedin.
Pakistan selectors have dropped opening batsman Nasir Jamshed and left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman for this month's Twenty20 internationals against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
Joe Root is happy to fill in wherever Andy Flower wants to put him in the England batting order as he looks forward to a second Test on 'home' soil in Adelaide later this week.
Australia batsman Chris Rogers knows he has to contribute some runs in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide this week.
James Anderson plans to keep on sledging, and insists he has no problem with anything said to him by the Australians so far during the Ashes.
Ireland recorded the fourth-highest total in T20 international history as they beat Afghanistan in the World T20 Qualifying final.
Vernon Philander claimed 3-26 as South Africa won the third one-day international against Pakistan by four wickets at Centurion.
Ian Bell has put up his hand to replace Jonathan Trott at No 3 when the second Ashes Test begins on Thursday.
Cricket Australia have confirmed match announcer David Nixon was stood down from his role during England's clash with a Chairman's XI in Alice Springs for mocking players.
Only spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar emerged with credit as England drew their Tour match against the CA Chairman's XI at Treager Park.
Australia will be committed to a vow of silence about Jonathan Trott's troubles, when Ashes hostilities resume in next week's second Test.