Nathan Coulter-Nile has announced his return to cricket by leading the Perth Scorchers to its fourth consecutive Big Bash League final.
Michael Clarke has no intention of stepping down as captain and handing the reins to Steve Smith despite the heir apparent's tremendous success at the helm this summer.
In preparation for Tuesday's Allan Border Medal, it is timely to reflect on the efforts with bat or ball – or both – that deserved to be ranked among the best of the past year.
Shane Watson's continued absence from Australia's one-day side is likely to give George Bailey the opportunity on Monday to play the long innings he requires to shore up his World Cup berth.
Adelaide Strikers' fast bowler Kane Richardson admitted he felt "ill" when one of his deliveries in Saturday night's Big Bash League semi-final struck Sydney Sixers' opener Riki Wessels and he saw the ball wedged between the peak of his helmet and protective facial grill.
Immaturity – and not the pressure to live up to his reputation as a big-hitter – was the reason behind Sydney Sixers batsman Nic Maddinson failing to build on a series of promising starts in the Big Bash League before Saturday night's explosive innings, which propelled his team into Wednesday's final in Canberra.
Nic Maddinson had threatened to tear apart numerous Big Bash League bowling attacks this season only to fall short.
Sydney Sixers' opener Riki Wessels was struck by a vicious bouncer from Adelaide Strikers paceman Kane Richardson during the Big Bash League semi final in front of packed Adelaide Oval and he was confronted by the sight of the ball trapped between his protective facial grill and the peak of his helmet.