Phillip Hughes`s tragic death cast a shadow over an eventful year that saw Ashes rivals Australia and England brawl on the field and bond off it, joining India to pull off a bloodless coup and take charge of the game.
Even though he already had five Test centuries to his name, the moment Steve Smith, batting on 99 at the Gabba, saw his shot go past the fielder towards the point boundary, he screamed and celebrated as if it was his debut Test ton.
Michael Clarke's injury-ravaged cricket career may not be as jeopardised as initially feared with the Australian captain and team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris on Wednesday saying that the surgery to fix his hamstring injury went "really well", giving him a good chance of being fit for the World Cup.
Michael Clarke`s candid admission that he may never play again after another physical breakdown caught his Australia team mates off guard, but paceman Ryan Harris is convinced the injury-prone skipper will be back to lead the team.
Joining a select group that was last represented more than a decade ago, two brothers will play alongside each other in the same Australia test side after Shaun and Mitchell Marsh were named to face India on Tuesday.
After being named Australian captain for the ongoing Test series against India, Steven Smith Monday said that he would like to lead his team from the front, as a response to the faith showed on him by the selectors.
One of the youngest ever to take over as Australia's Test captain, all-rounder Steve Smith on Monday said getting elevated to the position was an "amazing thrill" even as he promised to be an aggressive and positive leader in the ongoing Test series against India.
An injury-ravaged Michael Clarke may have raised doubts about his future by stating that he may never play again, but Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann is confident that the inspirational skipper will be back sooner or later.