A British citizen is again on the radar of cricket officials as the World Cup approaches after being evicted from Big Bash League matches at the SCG and ANZ Stadium over the past four days for illegal betting.
Cate Campbell has joined exclusive company, becoming just the seventh person overall and third woman to win multiple Australian swimmer of the year awards.
Tail-ender Adam Zampa held his nerve in the final over to guide the Adelaide Strikers to a thrilling one-wicket T20 Big Bash victory over the Perth Scorchers with two balls to spare at the WACA Ground on Monday night.
It was an impressive story: Joe Burns' great-uncle Harold, who represented Queensland in cricket and rugby league, used his wicketkeeping skills to dismiss Don Bradman in a Sheffield Shield match . . . but, it never happened.
While the sheer mention of the Tabcorp-TVN dispute has the potential to glaze over the eyes of even the most interested of racegoers, the unrest caused by the breakdown of negotiations could have far wider ramifications than just having race meetings broadcast live or not.
Queensland cricket coach Stuart Law provided an insight into the "challenges" that drive Joe Burns when he revealed the man expected to become Australia's 441st Test player rejected an extension to his contract in order to put pressure on himself to score runs.
Audacious Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan is expected to be fit for the Boxing Day Test, but the fallout from his delayed appearance at the Gabba crease continues in the Indian press.
With an eye to next year's Ashes, the Boxing Day Test should feature Joe Burns being eased into the team at number five, Shaun Marsh promoted to three and Shane Watson made to vie for the sole all-rounder berth at six.
The Sydney Thunder dominated the Brisbane Heat in the best Thunder performance in over three seasons of Big Bash action. But fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu says this does not mean it will be smooth sailing for the rest of the tournament.
He helped Josh Hazlewood collect his first Test wicket, but Peter Siddle has insisted he is not finished as a Test bowler as he confronts the prospect of missing a Boxing Day Test for the first time in six years.