The Australian side is happy without Michael Clarke. Does it really need him back?
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has hailed the Big Bash League's TV numbers this summer as a success despite the spike in crowd numbers not being mirrored in the ratings.
Nathan Lyon has vowed to use his World Cup snubbing as an opportunity to prove he should be Australia's No.1 spinner across all three formats, starting with Wednesday's Big Bash League final.
The rapid maturing of Steve Smith over the past year is likely to be recognised in him becoming the youngest Allan Border Medallist for a decade.
Melbourne Stars captain Cameron White says that four consecutive semi-final losses in the Big Bash League is not acceptable.
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.