it seems my SourceTree client (18.104.22.168) on Windows 8 does not update the Pull and Push buttons after a Fetch with a red number (indicating how many commits i am behind/ahead) like it used to. Neither it shows the number of commits ahead / behind on none of my branches in none of the sidebars (repository view / project view)
This suggests your local branch is not tracking the remote branch, which is how both of these things (pull/push counts and default pull branch) are derived.
Right-click your local branch in the sidebar, then select 'Track remote branch' and pick the remote branch which you expect your local one to track.
Another way is to tick the box in the 'Track?' column when you next push your branch using the main Push dialog.
FYI branch tracking is set up when you checkout a remote branch to a local branch, or when you first push a new branch to a remote. I'm not sure how this would have got disconnected in your case but the tracking state is a git repo setting under the hood which SourceTree just uses (and allows you to alter).
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