Australia coach Darren Lehmann feels the criticism of Brad Haddin's behaviour during the World Cup final against New Zealand is out of proportion, and that the wicketkeeper did nothing wrong in acting aggressively.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has been named as the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal winner, thus their player of the year, at the New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland.
The issue is not necessarily that four day Tests are a great idea, it is that people are happy to dismiss any suggested innovation without discussion of its merits.
Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is quite happy being retired, and says he doesn't miss playing international cricket, though he does miss the banter and camaraderie with team-mates.
Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed is looking forward to playing Test cricket for the Baggy Green, having been recalled to the side after fading out of contention since his ODI debut, but says he wasn't aiming for that yet.