Among those dealing with a separate credibility problem were Cricket Australia, who after facing public criticism over the sandpaper-in-underjocks incident, had to say goodbye to coach Darren Lehmann (after initially delaying suspending him). They had suggested during the scandal that the Australian team was in for a complete culture change - the likes of which will wash all memory of the cheating away. No stone, it was implied, would be left unturned to right the team's course.
In all this desire to be better behaved, could Australia lose their identity? Say it ain't so, said recent wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. "I hope now we don't go too far the other way, lose all our drive," he said, "and try to play like New Zealand." The sentiment was echoed by Shane Warne: "I don't think we want to play like the Kiwis… C'mon. The Kiwis, no thank you." Fair enough, I guess. I mean, who could possibly want to perform creditably on their most recent tours of the UAE and Sri Lanka, draw a series in England, generally gain a reputation as the best Test side their nation has ever produced, all while taking cues on respect and humility from the most successful elite sports team of the last 50 years: the All Blacks. Ha ha. Get lost, you wimps.
Few in human history have ever believed in anything as much as Ravi Shastri believes in Virat Kohli. In February, he said the world's cricket writers did not know enough superlatives to describe the man, and encouraged them to go out and buy dictionaries. At other times, Shastri has also compared Kohli with the greatest. He said he saw a bit of Viv Richards in Kohli. He said he saw a bit of Imran Khan in Kohli. And - here is the greatest possible praise - he even saw a bit of himself in Kohli.
Spare a thought for Bangladesh. While Australia are moaning that the BCCI merely declined to play a day-night Test, Bangladesh's entire tour of Australia this year has been cancelled. It is a strange trend. In 2015, Australia declined to tour Bangladesh based on security concerns. In 2017, they almost missed the tour because of a player-contracts dispute. Now, a board that signed an A$1.2 billion broadcast deal only weeks before claims Bangladesh's tour is commercially untenable. What next?
In the ongoing public bonfire that is the rollout of The Hundred - the ECB's proposed 100-ball competition - the board has announced that although the likes of Ben Stokes will be assigned a Hundred team, he won't be playing, which won't matter because the new audiences they are hoping to bring in won't know who Stokes is anyway. What? Poor guy. Imagine going on an infamous night out in Bristol, getting into major trouble, having your face splashed across the front pages of tabloids, getting arrested, getting suspended from cricket, getting charged with affray by the police, and being told that even so, after all that, you are still not famous enough.
Alleged fixer Robin Morris has supposedly provided a colourful reason as to why he says the things he does in Al Jazeera's documentary. According to the programme, Morris said he behaved as he did because he had been asked to audition for a commercial movie "for public entertainment".
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando