The cricket world can breathe a little easy now.Two of the most celebrated cricket teams in the world were grappling with serious issues of their own.The Anil Kumble – Virat Kohli standoff had started to hurt Indian cricket’s reputation worldwide. Never before had such a state of acrimony existed between the coach and captain of an Indian team. Elsewhere, in Australia, Steve Smith, David Warner and over 200 Australian cricketers were embroiled in a bitter pay dispute with Cricket Australia.Incidentally, India and Australia, two ends of a fierce cricketing rivalry, faced off in a Test series earlier this year and after an intense dogfight, Kohli’s men emerged victorious.But things soon started spiralling out of control.The Kumble-Kohli rift became public before the start of the Champions Trophy and even though the defending champions reached the final, the body language was stiff and the tension on the field was palpable. Two days after the defeat to Pakistan in the final, Kumble stepped down as coach following differences with Kohli.Photo Credit: Reuters And thus began a search for the next Indian coach which culminated with the appointment of Ravi Shastri. All seems well with the Indian dressing-room and the players are once again a relaxed lot.Currently in Sri Lanka for a full-fledged tour, India lead the three-match Test series 1-0 and have the clear upper hand in the second match in Colombo after two days of action.Meanwhile, Australia have finally resolved their pay dispute.Cricket Australia and the players’ union announced they had agreed an “in principle” deal on Thursday, finally ending the month-long lockout that threatened a tour of Bangladesh and this year’s Ashes series.advertisementAustralian skipper Steve Smith was at the helm of a successful negotiation as the players celebrated the solidarity of the 230 or so male and female professionals who went unpaid for a month until the conclusion of the dispute.Over the last several months, Australian cricket was struggling to hold its own. A defeat to South Africa in a Test series at home triggered widespread changes but the team could not achieve more than a victory in Pune on their all-important tour of India.The Aussies could not even qualify for the semi-finals in the Champions Trophy albeit weather pulled a cruel trick on Smith’s men. The women’s team, after dominating the World Cup for the majority of the tournament, stumbled against India in the semis.But now with the bitter pay dispute behind them, Australia will once again to start afresh their rise to the top. They have a tour coming up in Bangladesh before they return to India for a limited-overs series. Then they fly back home for the Ashes. Smith’s team will be busy for the remainder of the year and it will be interesting to see what they do in these few months.Photo Credit: Reuters India and Australia are perhaps the most-followed teams in world cricket and the controversies they were enmired in, were not doing their reputation any good. Now, the focus for both squads can return firmly to the cricket on the field.