Told Australian cricket needed a long-term captain, veteran keeper Brad Haddin pushed Steve Smith forward.
Australia have well and truly squared up with Duncan Fletcher for his use of a specialist fielder.
With Australia in need of a captain's knock, Steve Smith is manning the barricades at the Gabba.
In the Gabba greenhouse, this Test match is incubating rapidly. A faster, bouncier pitch than in Adelaide has made both sides more excitable in all disciplines.
Anyone who saw Umesh Yadav tearing into the Australian batsmen here three summers ago would have thought a new age of Indian pace bowling had dawned.
Glenn McGrath says the country’s latest fast bowling sensation, Josh Hazlewood, will have no problems joining Australia’s exclusive 200-wicket club after a sensational start to his Test career.
Mark Taylor believes Mitchell Starc can become as good a bowler as former left-armer Bruce Reid, though the young quick still has a long way to go.
Vitas Gerulaitis famously said nobody beats him 17 times in a row when he finally got the better of fellow 1970s tennis playboy Bjorn Borg.
The Sydney Kings made history on Thursday night, ending a 16-game losing streak to the Perth Wildcats in a nailbiting four-point victory.
The feud between warring broadcasters TVN and Sky Channel is poised to drag on into the new year after wagering on NSW and Victorian thoroughbred races took an immediate hit on the first day of the subscription channel blackout.