A Test debut for Fawad Ahmed against the West Indies next week would be the culmination of a remarkable journey but it has not come without sacrifice.
Jesse Hogan The absence of Chris Gayle from the West Indies' looming series with Australia is set to be replicated for Australia's home summer, with his Big Bash League duties expected to take precedence over the Boxing Day and New Year's Tests.
Emma Quayle, Jesse Hogan Alex Keath has not closed the door on a possible return to football, with clubs told he is open to talking with them at the end of the season.
Jon Pierik Cricket's top playing committee had a 'significant debate' about the possibility of introducing four-day Test cricket in a bid to preserve the primacy of the traditional format.
Jesse Hogan Channel Ten has no fears the sudden availability of the NSW and Sydney Sixers coaching jobs will tempt Ricky Ponting, who has just won the IPL at his first attempt, to abandon his Big Bash League punditry for a deeper move into coaching.
Jesse Hogan Retired champion all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar hopes the vindication for Sri Lankan players who accused officials of demanding sex to assure them of selection will ensure such "extreme cases" won't ever again affect women's cricket.
Jesse Hogan A long-time confidant of Trevor Bayliss reckons his stint working in real estate four years ago, after being shunned by his beloved NSW, triggered a resurgence in his coaching that has culminated in his poaching by England.
Daniel Lane West Indies great Michael Holding said he feared sledging could soon lead to the ugly spectacle of Test cricket's first fight on the pitch after admitting he would never have accepted the verbal abuse considered gamesmanship these days.
Chris Barrett Shane Watson will potentially place his Test future in jeopardy if he misses the first match of the upcoming series against the West Indies but makes no apologies for putting his family first.
Malcolm Knox A new book about the tragic death of a talented cricketer is just one example of the pressures facing athletes that we never hear about.