The Big Bash League has grown in popularity with both fans and overseas players in the four years since it began, and this year's edition promises some exciting clashes, with big names from around the globe adding to the appeal.
The first Test between Australia and India was always going to have a heightened emotional element, in the wake of Phillip Hughes' passing just a fortnight earlier, but what we got was a rollercoaster of heart-stopping moments.
Was it really just over a year ago that Clarke was threatening to break Jimmy Anderson's arm via Mitchell Johnson? This bluster may have certainly lost its place in the game, temporarily at least.
As regular readers will know, our Player of the Week column is usually snarky and facetious with a bit of actual cricket thrown in, but none of that applies now as we give the award, in all seriousness, to Michael Clarke.
The evolution of batsmen not wearing helmets at all to wearing some of the safest equipment around has reduced the incidents of serious injury drastically, while short-pitched bowling has continued, and will continue, to be used as a weapon.