Little went right on the opening day for Australia against South Africa in Brisbane, although James Pattinson was probably their best bowler, with one for 53 in 20 overs.
That included the early wicket of Graeme Smith, although Pattinson admits that the fast bowlers failed to hit the right lengths early on and were unable to bowl well consistently as the day progressed.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news as we look ahead to the Test series between Australia and South Africa, and the news that a secret dossier has been leaked.
The dossier apparently details Australia's plans to combat South Africa's players but the South African camp have played down its appearance, Graeme Smith saying he hasn't read it and in any case, nothing new is included.
Although there has been plenty of talk about a leaked dossier that appears to detail Australia's plans to derail South Africa's challenge, captain Graeme Smith is concentrating on on-field matters ahead of the first Test in Brisbane.
The game gets underway tonight (9th November) and with the number one Test ranking at stake, Smith wants to ensure his team stay at the top for as long as they possibly can.
South Africa coach Gary Kirsten has brushed aside suggestions that the Australia team his side will face in Brisbane is significantly weakened by the absence of Shane Watson.
Watson is unavailable due to a calf injury and has been replaced by Victoria batsman Robert Quiney, who is set to make his Test debut at the Gabba on Friday (9th November).
Rob Quiney is set to make his Test debut for Australia against South Africa on Friday (9th November) after Shane Watson was rueldruled out through injury.
Quiney, 30, was brought into the squad as cover after Watson suffered a calf injury playing for New South Wales, and the Victorian batsman will now become the 429th player to earn his Test cap for Australia.
Australia's National Selection Panel have called up Victoria opener Rob Quiney as cover for Shane Watson for the first Test against South Africa which begins on Friday. Watson was forced to withdraw from New South Wales' recently concluded Sheffield Shield match with a calf injury and is rated as doubtful for the first Test.
After seven wickets fell yesterday, mainly thanks to the excellence of Dale Steyn, the bowlers on either side were able to break through just once between them today as the already flat pitch at the SCG got flatter still.
Australia A added 155 to their overnight total before declaring not having lost a wicket, while the South Africans lost only Alviro Petersen before stumps, closing on 128 for one after 44 overs.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news as we look ahead to the three-match Test series between Australia and South Africa which begins in Brisbane on 9th November.
Australia to into the series with injury worries surrounding Ricky Ponting and having just lost Patrick Cummins to a serious back problem. South Africa have a clean bill of health and are protecting a proud unbeaten record overseas which stretches back until 2006.
Australia's preparations for the first Test against South Africa in Brisbane have been hit by injury concerns for Ricky Ponting and Patrick Cummins.
Ponting has a hamstring problem and has been withdrawn from the current round of Sheffield Shield cricket and Cummins faces a lengthy layoff with a spine bone stress injury.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have agreed to postpone a Test series scheduled for 2013 until June and July 2015.
South Africa will still tour Sri Lanka next year to play five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals after SLC requested that the tour be split.
The hectic nature of international and domestic cricket schedules often forces players to play two and sometimes three formats within a short period of time.
Most players have become accustomed to the need to adapt to each format to maintain their form and Alviro Petersen must do the same in Australia.
South Africa's bowling coach Allan Donald s putting his full confidence and support behind the trio of fast bowlers who have been picked to take on Australia.
The Proteas begin their tour with a three-day game against a strong Australia 'A' side in Sydney on a pitch that is far bouncier than Donald remembers from his previous visit.
South African Test captain Graeme Smith was in confident mood prior to his team's departure for Australia, where they play the first of three Tests in Brisbane beginning on 9th November.
The Proteas are proud of an excellent recent record away from home, which has seen them rise to the top of the Test rankings on the back of series wins in Australia, England and the West Indies as well as drawing in India last time around.
Australia have opted to retain Matthew Wade as their Test wicket-keeper ahead of the opening match against South Africa, which begins in Brisbane on 9th November.
Wade travelled to the West Indies and made his Test debut with Brad Haddin absent due to personal circumstances, and he has made enough of a case to be retained in the team.
All-rounder Andrew McDonald will captain Australia 'A' when they take on the touring South Africans in a three-day game beginning on 2nd November in Sydney.
Uncapped players Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Alex Doolan and Rob Quiney are included in the team that will get South Africa's tour off to a testing start.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Officer Gerald Majola has been dismissed from his post after a disciplinary hearnig found him guilty of nine charges that were laid against him.
The hearing was commissioned following receipt of the Nicholson report into the internal affairs of CSA, and headed by Advocate Karel Tip SC.
India and South Africa sealed qualification for the ICC Womens' World Twenty20 2014 by beating Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively in their final matches in Sri Lanka.
There was a hat-trick for Ekta Bisht as India won by nine wickets while South Africa had to wait until the penultimate delivery to beat Pakistan by five wickets.
Australia continued their rampant form in the ICC World Twenty20 beating South Africa by eight wickets at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.
In the first match of the 'rivalry' double-header in Colombo on Sunday, Shane Watson produced a fourth consecutive man-of-the-match performance to send the Australian juggernaut rolling into the semi-finals.
Scotland have introduced four new faces to a 15-man squad that will tour South Africa for a month between October and November.
They will play a number of limited overs and multi-day matches against local sides as well as Twenty20 matches against Kolkata Knight Riders and Highveld Lions on 9th October.