The worst imaginable circumstances have revealed a strength of character in Australian cricket's leaders, and many others behind the scenes.
Sri Lankan police have arrested 37 asylum seekers they prevented from reaching Australia's maritime zone by boat and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has brushed aside international condemnation of his hard-line asylum-seeker policies, saying Australia's border protection protections will always be "made in Australia" under the Coalition.
As New Zealand's bowlers thoughtfully put away the bouncer, as a mark of respect to the late Phillip Hughes, India's used it liberally in an intra-squad match. While neither approach is wrong, India's was more right.
Mystified MPs have resorted to asking journalists what the government's policy is on the GP co-payment as reports emerged the Prime Minister personally requested the Treasurer defend the policy, despite Mr Abbott's office telling journalists it was dumped.
Six people have been charged with serious drug importation offences following a major police operation which has resulted in Australia's second largest drug seizure.
The ABC is in a fight for its life against powerful vested interests, Quentin Dempster has said as he accused Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull of a "complete misreading" of the national broadcaster.
Ask Lleyton Hewitt whether Nick Kyrgios has what it takes to become Australia's next great tennis player, and our most recent world No.1 nominates several candidates: Kyrgios, yes, and the other "K", 18-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis, but also the much-maligned Bernard Tomic.
Why do I love sport? It's the narratives.
Cricket authorities are no closer to deciding whether to push ahead with the first Test against India as Michael Clarke led a series of touching tributes to Phillip Hughes.
Pop music legend Elton John has paid tribute to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes and expressed support for bowler Sean Abbott during a concert in Germany.