Jackson Bird played his last Test in 2013 (AAP)

Fitness doubt forces Aussies into Test change

Jackson Bird has suffered through two years of injury setbacks but the paceman is fit again and ready to fire for Australia in the first trans-Tasman Test.

Clark pours cold water on Aussie return

Ex-Australian captain Michael Clarke says he has no plans for an international return as he prepares to come back in the Sydney grade competition.

Heat sign Strikers star batsman Alex Ross

Brisbane Heat have beefed up their Big Bash League batting line-up with the signing of Alex Ross from the Adelaide Strikers.

Super bats Smith, Williamson square off

All eyes will be on the rivalry within the rivalry in the trans-Tasman Test series, with Steve Smith and Kane Williamson both desperate for runs.

Aussies out to target NZ spinner Craig

New Zealand's Mark Craig has been recalled for the first trans-Tasman Test, with Steve Smith making it clear his side will again look to target the spinner.

Maxwell says he's in no form slump

Victorian allrounder Glenn Maxwell insists he’s in good form despite a run of outs at international level.

Cowan beats concussion, named for Blues

Former Australian Test opening batsman Ed Cowan has overcome a bout of concussion to be named in NSW's squad for their Sheffield Shield clash with WA.

Start key for confident Aust cricketers

Allrounder Mitch Marsh says Australia should feel confident ahead of the trans-Tasman Test series but it'll be crucial to start well.

Khawaja caught in cricket controversy

Footage of Australian batsman Usman Khawaja grabbing teammate Adam Zampa on the behind during a national anthem ceremony has gone viral.

Vics make five changes for Shield cricket

Four national one-day representatives will return for Victoria's big Sheffield Shield match against SA at Adelaide Oval.