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New Zealand's five-test winning streak against Sri Lanka is set to end, with rain and some stubborn batting resistance likely to have the final say at the Basin Reserve.
It was one of the most telling camera shots of the night, at the Indian Premier League auction in Jaipur.
Former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum is among 11 New Zealand cricketers to go unsold at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for 2019.
Former Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson has ripped into Virat Kohli, saying the Indian skipper was disrespectful and made to look silly during the test in Perth.
Australia trounced India by 146 runs in the second test to level the four-test series 1-1 on the final day on Tuesday.
In the wise words of Ajaz Patel, if you think test cricket is easy it will come back and bite you on the, well, you know.
Australia captain Tim Paine insists he doesn't find Virat Kohli annoying, but the pair's heated rivalry is set to be the dominant side plot when the series shifts to the MCG for the Boxing Day test.
It's renowned as a pitch for great escapes and two Sri Lankan batsmen with points to prove added their names to that remarkable chapter in Basin Reserve test cricket history.
Former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming has thrown his support behind Ten10 cricket, saying the radical new format is "tailor-made made" for the Olympic Games.
This story was originally published on Locker Room and is republished with permission.
OPINION: In this time of uncertainty, doubt and discord, there was one thing we thought we could rely on: Australia's cricketers' unyielding ability to bad-mouth opponents. Whole books have been written about their vocal skills, documentary series commissioned extolling their comic extemporising. These have long been the lords of the one-liner, the masters of the riposte. Generations of opponents' knees have buckled at the power of their put-downs.
The Black Caps host Sri Lanka in Wellington for the first test of the home summer, at the Basin Reserve.
As an exhausted, beaming Tom Latham spoke of his pride in a record-breaking test innings, a hollow feeling of deja vu hit the Sri Lankan dressing room.
OPINION: At one point at Optus Stadium on Monday morning, umpire Chris Gaffaney stood between rival captains Tim Paine and Virat Kohli, separating them as a referee might separate two boxers. "That's enough," he said. "You guys are the captains. Play the game."
A searing one-day series against Pakistan and an impressive debut season in 2017 should see Black Caps fast bowler Lockie Ferguson among the sought-after names at the Indian Premier League auction.