National selectors will this week plot a path through the logistical nightmare created by next month's cramped cricket schedule.
Australia hope Kookaburra can harden up the pink ball for any future day-night Tests in Brisbane, with Steve Smith concerned at how hard it was to extract bounce from the Gabba pitch.
Former Australian coach Mickey Arthur has made a frank admission about the 'homeworkgate' saga that led in part to his sacking, conceding the punishment might have been too harsh.
Cricket Australia and the players union have made formal submissions over a new pay deal, and now the Mexican standoff will begin in earnest.
Many words have been used to described Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir, but "just another player" appears to be the catchcry Australia will stick with.
Former skipper Ian Chappell wants some youngsters to be blooded following Australia's fifth-straight Test loss, while Michael Clarke has offered his support to under-siege successor Steve Smith.