New South Wales batting tyro David Warner could end former captain Ricky Ponting's Test career.
Warner, the haymaker who considered leaving NSW last year because he could not get a four-day game for the Blues, is putting indirect but firm pressure on Australia's best batsman since Bradman, the Herald Sun reports.
Warner is in the Test team to play New Zealand and if he fires as an opener then Australia is likely to reshape the top order around him.
That is likely to put the squeeze on Ponting when injured Shane Watson returns, probably for the first Test against India in Melbourne from Boxing Day.
Chairman of selectors John Inverarity confirmed on Saturday night that if Warner shone as an opener, the panel would debate whether the time had come to move Watson down the order, which seems inevitable and common sense. But who goes?
Usman Khawaja looks like a player just about ready to spread his wings at Test level.
He should be inked in at least for the opening Tests against India, no matter what he does against New Zealand.
Mike Hussey failed against South Africa but was brilliant against Sri Lanka. He hasn't got a bottomless pit of credits, but he has some.
So Ponting, after a rugged year and with his 37th birthday close, is fighting for his career against New Zealand, no matter how he performs.
It took Cricket Australia just five minutes last week to snuff out a rumour that Ponting planned to pull up stumps after the second Test in Hobart. Like so many rumours, it was total fiction.
The only other thing to say about it was it was the most sensible suggestion you have ever heard.
There is a general uneasiness in cricket circles about Ponting's future. Yet the portents are there for a form revival at the Gabba this week. The Brisbane Test has always been Ponting's favourite of the summer. He always looks fresh and vibrant in Brisbane and generally plays that way.
He averages 66 an innings in Brisbane and 57 an innings against New Zealand. The numbers are encouraging, but it still won't make the talent squeeze any easier to handle for the Indian series, particularly if Shaun Marsh is also available.