The Australian side is happy without Michael Clarke. Does it really need him back?
Grand slam champion Jim Courier believes Nick Kyrgios is one of the young guns capable of replacing the Big Four when they call it quits, adamant he has the big game and the big match mentality to step up.
It looks like the whole of Australia is waiting for Tuesday's match – me against Nick Kyrgios. I saw on the television on Monday morning that Channel 7 had a "Countdown to Nick" clock running along the bottom of the screen, counting off the minutes until we step on court.
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has hailed the Big Bash League's TV numbers this summer as a success despite the spike in crowd numbers not being mirrored in the ratings.
For all the questions that Nick Kyrgios has already answered during his exhilarating run to the Australian Open quarter-finals, in the locker-room, apparently, others remain. Four-time major winner Jim Courier senses a peer sentiment that combines immense respect for the 19-year-old's outrageous talent with uncertainty about what will happen next.
Nick Kyrgios' coach Todd Larkham has urged him to maintain the rage in Tuesday night's centre court blockbuster with Andy Murray, crediting his second set dummy spit against Andreas Seppi for helping keep his Australian Open dream alive.
Nathan Lyon has vowed to use his World Cup snubbing as an opportunity to prove he should be Australia's No.1 spinner across all three formats, starting with Wednesday's Big Bash League final.
After a short hit-up, Nick Kyrgios waved to the six-deep crowd entreating him for autographs from one side of the practice court, also peering over a hoarding from an adjacent court, and made to leave through a gate on the other side. On his face was an impish smile.
Serena Williams has reached the quarter-final of a grand slam for just the second time in her last five appearances at a major, setting up a showdown with last year's Australian Open runner-up, Dominika Cibulkova.
Stan is still the man, at least for now, and the reigning Australian Open champion says he is satisfied with the under-the-radar path his title defence has taken heading into a redemption match against Japan's Kei Nishikori.