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Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris says he could not put himself through another long rehab

Chris Barrett A crack in Ryan Harris's tibia brought a premature end to the Australian fast bowler's career on the eve of the Ashes series, with the 35-year-old determining he could not put himself through...

Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris leaves legacy for Australia far greater than his 27 Tests

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Chris Barrett As is the case with retirements in all walks of life, from politics to showbiz to sport, the greatest indicator of Ryan Harris's standing in the game came with how his exit was received.

David Warner: I tried baseball but I won't be doing a Jarryd Hayne

Australia's David Warner during nets.

Chris Barrett David Warner flirted with the idea of a career in baseball but says he could never follow the path taken by rugby league star Jarryd Hayne and start from scratch after working so hard to reach the...

Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris retires, Pat Cummins into squad

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Chris Barrett Ryan Harris has drawn a sudden curtain on his career after scans on an injured knee ruled him out of the Ashes series.

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Ashes 2015: Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell bagged me about my technique, says Steve Smith

Cricket - Australia Nets - The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford - 30/6/15
Australia's Steve Smith during nets
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Chris Barrett Steve Smith has revealed how Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell chipped him about his technique and his place in the Australian side two years ago but says now: "they might view me a little bit...

Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris has more scans as Essex take it to Australian batsmen

Tour in doubt: Ryan Harris needs more scans on his sore knee.

Chris Barrett As the Australians awaited news about the state of Ryan Harris's knee their batsmen endured a challenging afternoon against Essex.

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James Faulkner charged with drink-driving in UK after recording reading three times legal limit

'I can't excuse my actions' ... James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving in the UK. The 25-year-old allrounder has been playing for English club Lancashire.

Chris Barrett James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving, having returned a reading of almost three times the UK's legal limit.

Ashes 2015: Joe Root and I – David Warner revisits Walkabout incident

No booze: David Warner has a point to prove ahead of the Ashes series in England.

Chris Barrett The "pantomime villain" of the last Ashes tour of England opens up for the first time on that night at the Walkabout, being sent to Africa, and, as Australia head to Cardiff for the first Test, how...

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Johnson thunderbolt leaves Shaun Marsh with split fingernail

Australian cricket player Shaun Marsh takes questions during a press conference at an hotel in London, Monday, June 22, 2015. The Australia cricket team have arrived in Britain to play several warm up tour matches ahead of contesting the Ashes test cricket series with England. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Chris Barrett The Australian left-armer gave England another sign of what they can expect next week with some friendly fire on Friday.

Ashes 2015: Peter Siddle plugs away as Jeff Thomson calls his selection 'a backward step'

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Chris Barrett Sometimes Peter Siddle must feel like checking his passport, just to see that he's got his date of birth right.

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Ashes 2015: David Warner goes into bat for banter: 'It's not sledging, it's entertainment'

Chris Barrett The Australian opener believes fans will be the losers if too much combativeness is taken out of the sport via an ICC crackdown on player behaviour.

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Ashes 2015: Steve Smith 'up to it' as Test No.3 in England, says Trevor Bayliss

Chris Barrett Stuart Broad believes the world's top-ranked batsman is a potential weak link for Australia but England's new head coach was glowing in his praise of his former charge.

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Mitch Marsh puts heat on Shane Watson with ton

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Chris Barrett Mitch Marsh has added another 136 runs to his case for a Test recall, making it back-to-back tons on the Ashes tour.

Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris an unlikely starter for first Test due to knee soreness

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Chris Barrett Ryan Harris's chances of featuring in the first two Tests of the Ashes series have nosedived after he was scratched from the Australians' final pre-series hit-out against Essex with knee soreness.

Ashes 2015: 'They were a couple of months too late': Brad Haddin scoffs at England hype

Chris Barrett England are claiming inspiration from their free-swinging performance in their post-World Cup series against New Zealand but Brad Haddin and Shane Watson can't see what all the fuss is about.

Ashes 2015: Mitchell Johnson says he'll bounce England tail again in Test series

Cricket - Kent v Australia - The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence - 27/6/15
Australia's Mitchell Johnson
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Chris Barrett They were among the defining images of Australia's Ashes whitewash two summers ago: Mitchell Johnson steaming in and England tail-enders ducking for cover.

Ashes 2015: Shane Watson driven by reply to World Cup dumping in first Test bid

Shane Watson scored 81 in the second innings against Kent.

Chris Barrett The Australian all-rounder is grateful to have been permitted a steady-as-she-goes approach to bowling early in the Ashes tour and will resume that part of his game in Wednesday's tour match against...

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'I couldn't see the thing': Mitchell Starc's damning takedown of pink-ball Test

No pink fan: Mitchell Starc catches the ball  during a training session in England.

Chris Barrett Australia's player of the World Cup might be the best bowler on the planet with the white ball and a rising star on the world stage with the red but he is no fan of the pink.

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Ashes 2015: Australia coach Darren Lehmann offers clues to first Test team

Nose in front: Shane Watson appears to be ahead of Mitchell Marsh in the selection pecking order.

Chris Barrett The head coach says he has a rough idea of what the XI will be in Cardiff on Wednesday week and there were a few hints as Australia set off for Essex.

Ashes 2015: Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond in disbelief after ton against Australia

Cricket - Kent v Australia - The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence - 28/6/15
Kent's Daniel Bell Drummond in action batting 
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Chris Barrett The 21-year-old opener did what only one Englishman could do during the last Ashes series - reach three figures against Australia - on the last day of the tour match in Canterbury.

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