Tuggeranong has given itself an outside chance of snatching the last spot in the Cricket ACT first-grade competition finals.
Fresh from their resounding triumph in South Africa, Test stars Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon could be parachuted into the NSW Sheffield Shield team for this week's trip to Canberra.
Michael Clarke's men could not have dreamt of the success that they have recently achieved.
Australians may be represented by loudmouthed, smart-aleck, brash boundary-pushers on the field, but we love Test cricket. Despite continual, understandable concerns about the conduct of our team, the affection of Australian fans helps to sustain one of the world's greatest sporting anomalies – a contest which can take five days and be decided in its final few minutes.
South Australian captain Johan Botha will appeal his suspension for spiking the ball.
ANU captain Mark Bennett is confident in the knowledge his side is in control of its finals destiny.
The Manuka Oval pitch has to be ''good enough for a Test match'', Geoff Lawson says.
Australia this summer has had the rare pleasure to travel hopefully and to arrive companionably in a rapturous place.