The turbulent cricket career of Andrew Symonds took another twist on Thursday when the Australia all-rounder was sent home from the World Twenty20 tournament in Britain for an "alcohol-related incident".
Australia's Matthew Hayden has been rebuked by Cricket Australia for a breach of their code of conduct after describing Harbhajan Singh as an "obnoxious weed" and criticizing Ishant Sharmar while speaking on a Brisbane radio station.
India's Harbhajan Singh has been cleared to play in the forthcoming triangular one-day series against Australia and Sri Lanka, after a charge of making racial comments was overturned at an International Cricket Council code of conduct appeal hearing.
Australian cricket officials say that they have no immediate plans to cancel their tour of Pakistan next year despite the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto at a election rally on Thursday.
There will be no special security measures for Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan during his first full Australian test tour in 12 years, when he will be bidding to break Shane Warne's test wicket record.
Australian officials have welcomed the prospect of helping Andrew Flintoff, the man who spearheaded England's Ashes success last year, prove his fitness ahead of this winter's series in domestic grade cricket.