This followed the Australian Test team's two Test victory over Pakistan with one drawn, and a similar result over the West Indies Test team last last year which initiated the summer of Cricket.
Australian Twenty/20 Cricket Team returns to the foray on Friday against Pakistan and selectors all season have not been afraid of trying different combinations providing a breadth of opportunity for new talent.
The Summer of Cricket continues with one-day features against the West Indies while the Big Bash, the Twenty/20 State Team competition which recently concluded proved to be a crowd puller. This writer recently produced a feature article on this subject.
There has been considerable debate this summer as to what form of the game provides cricketers the best preparation for Test Cricket, the five day fixture. The one-day form of the game has been promulgated by some as a more robust introduction than the four day Sheffield Shield fixtures.
There has also been discussion as to how the cricket fraternity deals with the 'new money' associated with the Indian cricket leagues and this writer has broached this subject as well.
Respite continues to be a concern for the cricket fraternity. Well-Being Australia has in liaison with Cricket Australia and Australian Institute of Sport the made available the respite facility 'Basil Sellers Tweed' for the cricketers. Greg Chappell spoke to the Australian Missionary News IPTV on this important subject of Respite.