Australian Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has been declared missing after being suspected of abduction by Jawas.
Upon arriving in Ranchi for the third Test in their four-Test series against India, Australia were very interested in examining the much-maligned Ranchi pitch, famed for its dusty surface and lack of life. Matthew Wade, against team instructions, opted to examine the pitch on his own, carrying nothing for protection but a cricket ball mallet.
"In the sandy, windswept terrain of the JSCA International Stadium Complex, you've always got to be aware of the risks about you. Inhospitable, uninhabitable, much too unsafe for a small Wade to be venturing out on his own," said Australian fielding coach Greg Blewett.
"Jawas, Tusken Raiders, the Zybahhod Yenyoni, you've got to keep your wits about you. If he's lucky, Wadey might get bought by an IPL team or repurposed as a working keeper, but otherwise he'll just get sold for parts."
There has been much criticism of the conditions in Ranchi, however the ground staff are adamant that not much can be done.
"We haven't seen any rain since October. This is one of the driest parts of India. The water supply is controlled by the Sand People. I have no idea why we even play cricket here. We should play an indoor sport, like basketball, or eating a lovely soup. Is eating a lovely soup a sport? It should be," said chief groundskeeper Aniruddh Tushar.
If Wade is not recovered by the start of the Test match, Australia are expected to name Cornelius Evazan as replacement keeper, who will add fuel to the already burning fire between Australian and Indian captains Steve Smith and Virat Kohli.
"He (Smith) doesn't like him (Kohli)," said Evazan.
"I don't like him either."
The series is tied 1-1.
The international cricket community are reeling after several members of the Indian Test team, current and former, accused Steve Smith and the Australian team of terrible cheating in their use of the Decision Review System (DRS).
The situation came to a head during Australia's second innings in their most recent Test against India when Smith was struck on the pads and given out LBW by the on-field umpire. In discussing with fellow batman Pete Handscomb whether he should call for a review, Smith looked towards his team's dressing room, sparking accusations that he was looking for a signal from a team member to help him decide if the review would be successful.
India have now accused Australia of doing this on several occasions in the past two Tests, saying that it amounts to disappointing cheating.
"It's really sad and disappointing to see Australia cheat so badly," said former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman.
"They have been looking up to their dressing room after every dismissal to decide whether to review. They looked up after Warner was given out LBW and got their signal. They reviewed. He was still given out. They looked to the dressing room when Shaun Marsh was given out LBW and got their signal. They didn't review. He wouldn't have been out.
"The bottom line is - Australia are cheating and they're really shit at it."
Indian captain Virat Kohli made his feelings on the subject known both on the field and in the after-match press conference.
"I was angry at Smith because when such truly effective methods of cheating in cricket exist, like match fixing or eating a mint, I don't understand how they can be so bad at it.
"As a sport we have a reputation to uphold."
The final word went to the Australian captain himself, Steve Smith.
"Boof (coach Darren Lehmann) told me that if he was standing on the right side of the dressing room I should review, and the left side I shouldn't. But he didn't say if it was his left or my left. It's fucked."
The third Test between India and Australia begins on the 16th of March in Ranchi.
Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma has reacted in a calm and reasonable manner in his on-field battle with Australian captain Steve Smith during Australia's first innings in Bengaluru, midway through the second Test of the series.
Smith was surprised by a ball from the paceman that stayed unnaturally low off the pitch. Ishant, at the end of his bowling follow through, calmly reflected Smith's discomfort by violently spasming his head and pulling a face that in no way suggested he'd lost touch with reality.
Ishant has a history of appropriate physical on-field displays, previously celebrating the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal in 2015 by striking himself on the head repeatedly.
While it's unclear if Smith reacted verbally to Ishant's display, lip-reading experts have said that it appears he may have replied with "fair enough, I can see why you'd do that".
Indian captain Virat Kohli, who was fielding in the slip cordon at the time, can be seen laughing uproariously at something but it's thought unlikely that Sharma was the reason, given that he'd done nothing out of the ordinary. Interestingly, this marks the first time in international cricket that Virat Kohli has displayed joy.
Australia lead the series after winning the first Test match despite all predictions suggesting India would dominate on their home turf. It's unclear whether the added pressure of failing to meet expectations will affect the Indian players.