Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle says Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen are the key men in England's batting order going into the second Test in Adelaide.
New Zealand have recalled top-order batsman Aaron Redmond for the Test series against West Indies five years after he last played the longest form of the game.
England captain Alastair Cook has been awarded a benefit year by Essex, the England and Wales Cricket Board has said.
Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis have been released from South Africa's squad ahead of the third ODI against Pakistan after failing to overcome niggling injuries.
Scotland missed out on a place at the 2014 World Twenty20, losing their play-off against the Netherlands for the final spot by eight wickets.
Tim Bresnan can be added to England's list of potential third seamers in the second Ashes Test after impressing for the Performance Programme.
Stuart Broad insists England can turn their Ashes campaign around following their first Test defeat at the Gabba - although they will be thinking of Jonathan Trott as they head to Adelaide.
Tim Bresnan once again demonstrated his Ashes well-being with four wickets as he continues his comeback from a stress fracture of the back.
Ben Stokes is out to grasp his chance for a Test debut, by continuing to impress England's management team in Alice Springs.
Batsman Dan Redfern has left Derbyshire one year into a three-year contract after deciding to explore "new opportunities".
Chairman's XI captain Michael Beer insists sledging is a natural part of Australian cricket as he prepares to face England in a tour match on Thursday.
Mitchell Johnson is unrepentant about Australia's hard-nosed Ashes tactics, and has discounted the concept of a "truce" on sledging in the second Test.