STEVE Smith hoisted Australia onto his shoulders with a fine unbeaten century on the opening day of the Third Test.
SHANE Watson has become a lucky beneficiary of Australia's cricketing resurgence as a winning side papers over the cracks.
MELBOURNE Victory returned to the winners' circle with Adama Traore's rocket helping secure three points against Perth Glory.
FOR the moment racing looks a rotten game. Never far from scandal, a stench has crept across the sport and turned rancid.
MELBOURNE Storm is fearing burnout my plague its "big three" after the stars played a total of just under 100 games this year.