Through the recent summer bushfire crisis sport organisations - specifically Surf Life Saving Clubs - were at the forefront of emergency service efforts.
Cricket is a game played in the open air for long periods, and this cricket season is being overshadowed, sometimes literally, by a long, dangerous fire season.
The game is now a troubling spectacle of physical danger and technological capture.
The English captain, Joe Root, has looked deracinated and listless in his approaches to Australia in the past. Archer was deliverance and opportunity.
The pressure on the captains, Joe Root and Tim Paine, will be intense, with every strategic and tactical decision subjected to rigorous scrutiny by cricket professionals and fans alike.
The media has been virtually unanimous in its commentary. The photo has been widely applauded, while criticisms of it on the net have been almost universally condemned.
Playing the values game is a dangerous one. What, exactly, are
Corruption is endemic in all major international sports from drug taking to match fixing, it seems that the entire sporting supply chain is diseased.
Should it matter this much? A wealthy, successful individual expressed fury at the most popular object of vitriol in any sport.
So what should be the world's football? There are two possibilities – Gridiron or American Football or Australian Rules.
Australia was always the outsider in the tournament, and a loitering one at that.
The focus on certain events is ridiculous given that testosterone helps all events that rely greatly on muscular power.