In the field, though, the visitors continued to play tight cricket and to look like a much improved outfit. Heavily criticised in the Argus report, Australia's team culture has held up well. Of course it is early days. If a team lacks spark at the start of a summer and under a new captain and with a couple of country boys making their debuts, then the game is up.
Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo