Australia's fast-bowling stocks have taken another hit with James Pattinson ruled out of this month's Test tour of Bangladesh.
Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.
While the nervous wait for a new pay deal is over for Australia's cricketers, for a handful of fast bowlers there is now a waiting game of another kind.
Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide has revealed he plans to step down, coming at a time when a rival ticket wants to challenge the governing body's board of directors.
New battleground emerges in bitter pay war between players and Cricket Australia.
Indian broadcasters have expressed their frustration at an Australian pay war that threatens a limited-overs tour of the subcontinent.
Australia's cricketers have resolved to continue their fight for a "fair share" of pay and conditions after a two-hour meeting in Sydney on Monday.
Summer's Ashes series still hangs in the balance despite meeting between CA and head of the players' association on Sunday.
Australia's cricketers have been warned the Ashes could be scrapped even if a pay deal is reached.
Cricket's television broadcasters remain confident the Ashes and the Big Bash League will go ahead despite claims from the players union the home summer is in jeopardy.
Cricket's pay talks have taken another unexpected twist - and this time it's left many observers baffled and truly fearing the implication for this summer's Ashes series.