Australia vice-captain David Warner believes his team is desperate for a good partnership at the top, if they are to combat the threat of the Indian spinners during the middle overs in the ongoing One-Day International series between the two teams.
Australia captain Meg Lanning expressed satisfaction over the performance of her team in the recently concluded ICC Women's World Cup clash against India in Bristol that saw them progress to the semi-final of the tournament.
Australia captain Steven Smith rued the opportunities that his team missed in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar series that was reclaimed by India following their eight wicket win in the final Test in Dharamsala.
Australian speedster Jackson Bird revealed that he does not have any specific plan to target Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq after his success against the veteran batsman in the recently concluded Brisbane Test.
Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower insisted that skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is not concerned about his low run of scores in the recent games and is backing the veteran to make an impact in the remaining two Tests against Australia.
Australian opening batsman Matt Renshaw stated that he is keen to play his first game at Melbourne Cricket Ground against Pakistan in the second game of the series which also is incidentally the Boxing Day Test.
Australian captain Steven Smith had high praises for New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and believes keeping him quiet with the bat will be crucial for his team to reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee trophy back.