As the crack of ball on bat echoes around stadiums in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan has inflicted all manner of misery on Australia, the Gymkhana Club in Lahore is getting ready to stage a game of cricket that will be every bit as meaningful for the people involved.
Former Test opener Phil Jaques hoped the army of players he'd coach as a member of the NSW and Sydney Thunder this summer would learn from looking at his career that success was as much about being prepared to fight as it was having the skills needed to dominate the opposition.
Doug Bollinger wanted his successful stint with county team Kent to put him in contention for an Ashes return in next year's series in England.
Brett Lee is playing the leading man in a $4.5 million romantic comedy, but the 37-year-old's acting skills are also tested when it comes to blocking out the pain of multiple injuries.
When it comes to picking a wicketkeeper to replace Brad Haddin, the selectors are spoilt for choice.
Brad Haddin's decision to play on with a shoulder injury has cast doubt over his availability for the start of the Australian summer.
Australia are fighting to avoid another Test whitewash in Asia, their campaign in the Middle East in tatters.
So many of us love the spring horse racing season: simply for the fact that the main players are silent.
It now seems an eternity ago that Australia had Pakistan teetering at 2-7 on the first morning of the series.
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