Michael Hussey and Jacques Kallis have led the Sydney Thunder to a thrilling Big Bash win over the Brisbane Heat on Sunday.
Steve Smith has a one-Test ban hanging over his head for the next 12 months, potentially affecting Australia's Ashes defence, after his team was punished for a slow over-rate during the second Test in Brisbane.
Joe Burns thought his biggest test in the next few weeks would be the final exam of his economics degree next month, which he is due to sit next month.
The success of Steve Smith's debut as captain has only added to the dilemma facing selectors about who should lead Australia at the World Cup, with players expressing their support for the 25-year-old in what would be a snub for George Bailey.
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Brad Haddin's leadership and form with the gloves have been deemed more important than his form with the bat, but coach Darren Lehmann has said the wicketkeeper's alarming batting slump must end.
The revised schedule has been blamed for dismal crowds at the Brisbane Test, but the poor attendances raised fresh questions over whether Perth should have been awarded an India Test instead.
Ian Callen's body reminds him of his one Test for Australia so often it hurts - literally. When the pain in his back returns - sometimes so acute all he can do is lie down for days - he remembers where it all began.
Six pressing issues heading into the Boxing Day Test.