England win dramatic second T20 International against Pakistan by three runs after Shahid Afridi almost turned the match around with 24 off eight balls.
The pink ball and green pitch have combined to produce a vivid brand of cricket over the first two days between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide Oval, where a three-day Test now appears a near certainty.
In five minutes, Australia's Nathan Lyon was twice ruled not-out, controversially on the second day of the first ever day-night Test against New Zealand. The Twitter world did not hold back.
Bowlers dominate early with new-look pink ball as New Zealand are all out for 202, before Australia make 54 under the floodlights in Adelaide.
England were vindicated in their decision to use an international match to experiment with team changes, after their fringe players powered them to a 14-run victory over Pakistan in Dubai.
Professional cricketers in England will have to wear mandatory helmets next season while batting or fielding close to the wicket.
In a move away from hundreds of years of cricket tradition, there will be no mandatory toss in either division of the English County Championship in the 2016 season after the ECB confirmed they were implementing the experiment to try and encourage the development of spin bowling.
New Zealand will trial the pink ball and day-night format in the Plunket Shield in February, with plans being formulated to play a floodlit Test match against Bangladesh in December 2016.
Countdown to the next global tournament which will take place in India during March gets underway with three-match series against Pakistan.
After years of putting his own career first, Kevin Pietersen has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative that uses cricket to help disadvantaged kids get their own leg-up.
The ECB are considering scrapping the toss in Division Two County Championship cricket in a bid to encourage counties to produce better pitches.
Cricket's determination to reassert itself as England's national summer sport has received a fillip with the release of record attendance figures since the ECB was founded 18 years ago.
Australia's coach Darren Lehmann has demonstrated his concerns about a diminishing supply of high-class pace bowling resources by revealing he tried to convince Mitchell Johnson to remain a limited-overs player after his retirement from Test matches in Perth.
After needing hospital treatment at the age of 15 when struck in the head by a Kevin Pietersen drive, Topley's back better than ever six years on, firmly pushing for a place in the World T20 squad.
Just a few months after their World Cup flop, the nucleus of a vibrant England one-day unit has emerged.
After smashing his own record for England's fastest ODI hundred of all time, Jos Buttler admitted he was at a loss to explain his stunning turnaround in fortunes, only three weeks after losing his place in the Test team following a moribund run of scores.
Stats highlights from Dubai where Jos Buttler broke his own record for England's fastest ODI hundred in their victory over Pakistan.
Jos Buttler scores 116 off 52 balls and Jason Roy notches his maiden century as England beat Pakistan in the fourth ODI to clinch series victory in Dubai.
Australia's Ashes selectors indicated to Michael Clarke that Brad Haddin was set to be dropped for Edgbaston while telling the wicketkeeper they had not yet made a decision.
Ian Bell has vowed to fight for his England spot, but if his omission for the South Africa tour does prove the end there is much that should be applauded from his 11-year career.
Kevin Pietersen has branded the decision to omit Ian Bell from England's touring squad to South Africa as "pathetic," "insane" and "ridiculous."
Mark Wood will undergo ankle surgery next week after the ECB decided it had to pursue a long-term solution to the problem which he has managed through the first six months of his international career.
Ian Bell faces the end of his England career after being dropped for the Test series against South Africa as Nick Compton and Gary Ballance earn recalls to the squad.
England look set to be boosted by the availability of Ben Stokes for the tour of South Africa.
James Taylor struck 67 not out as the tourists beat Pakistan by six wickets in Sharjah to take a 2-1 series lead.
Charles Piutau, who followed the same path from Wesley College to All Blacks left wing, remembers his hero Jonah Lomu, a man who "had time for everyone".