We've waited and waited for this historic Test. At lights out on Friday night, we will all be a little wiser. On Saturday morning, the waiting and twiddling of fingers will resume.
Jesse Hogan As Brendon McCullum's three-year tenure as Test captain winds towards an end, maybe even at the end of this summer, he is still driven to extend the unbeaten streak that demands his New Zealand team be respected.
chris roots James McDonald might be the retained jockey at Godolphin but for punters his combination with premier trainer Chris Waller has become lethal this season.
Andrew Wu As cricket embarks on the start of a new era, Kookaburra, the manufacturer of the pink ball to be used for the historic day/night Test, concedes there will be times when players lose sight of the ball.
Adam Pengilly Lincoln Tighe looked at Wednesday's Pro-Am draw and agreed he didn't deserve a spot in the field. So he went for a pre-tournament weights workout and returned the next day to take a surprise Australian Open lead.
Malcolm Knox The modern cricketer is so thoroughly drilled, that the sudden intrusion of a rogue factor - in this case a pink ball - can so discombobulate the mind.
Adam Pengilly Defending Australian Open champion Jordan Spieth had a "brain fart" to finish a lacklustre opening round in Sydney. He's just praying it doesn't come back to haunt him.
Phil Lutton Cross-code warrior Brad Thorn hasn't ruled out strapping on the boots for the Queensland Reds next season, saying he still has the "urge" to play again.
Andrew Wu Australian captain Steve Smith says he was shaken by the training accident in which a net bowler was felled by a head knock a year to the day Phillip Hughes was fatally struck.