The Australian share market is set to dip at the open as an overnight Wall Street rally fades in late trade, while oil and metals prices are also down.
US stocks have been given a boost by technology stocks and optimistic earnings reports a day before an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike.
The violent bouncer barrages produced by both Australia and India in Perth are unlikely to be replicated at the MCG in the third Test.
He's tasted Sydney to Hobart handicap victory four times but Carl Crafoord is about to skipper a boat for the first time in 33 starts in the race.
Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn believes veteran Brendon McCullum will inspire rookie teenager Max Bryant in their Big Bash League opener at the Gabba.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters has continued to make sweeping changes for 2019, confirming the Maroons camp will be relocated from the Gold Coast to Brisbane.