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Chris Barrett

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

Shane Watson to go into bat for motor neurone disease at World Cup

Chris Barrett Shane Watson has more reasons than most to score a bagful of runs in this World Cup.

Nathan Lyon bounces back from World Cup snub to lead charge for Sydney Sixers in Big Bash final

Spun out: Nathan Lyon will be a key player for the Sixers in the BBL final.

Chris Barrett Nathan Lyon has vowed to use his World Cup snubbing as an opportunity to prove he should be Australia's No.1 spinner across all three formats, starting with Wednesday's Big Bash League final.

Stuart MacGill's potential $2.6 million payout will come from pockets of players

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Chris Barrett Stuart MacGill's $2.6 million claim against Cricket Australia will come out of the pockets of his fellow players if he is successful in suing his former employer in the Victorian Supreme Court.

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Did controversial Michael Clarke declaration get captain Jeff Cook in trouble at Western Suburbs?

Do me a favour: Jeff Cook's declaration aimed at helping out Test captain Michael Clarke has landed him in bother.

Chris Barrett He was the club captain who put the interests of the Australian team and Michael Clarke before his own ... and landed himself in the middle of a skirmish between the Test captain and selectors.

Another 'pitchsider' tossed out of SCG as cricket authorities crack down on betting at games

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Chris Barrett Cricket authorities' bid to eradicate so-called pitchsiding from their venues took another twist during the first match of the triangular one-day series with an Indian national evicted from the SCG.

David Warner told by Cricket Australia boss to 'stop looking for trouble'

Keeping it on the pitch: David Warner in a bullish mood at the SCG.

Chris Barrett Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says he is satisfied that David Warner's "Speak English" run-in with India's Rohit Sharma was not racially motivated but the fiery Australian opener...

Mitchell Marsh to play one-day match for Western Suburbs

Handy potential recruit: Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Marsh will play for Western Suburbs on Saturday after the bottom-placed team in the Sydney one-day competition won a ballot to have the Australian allrounder turn out for them for a day.

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Shane Watson plans to play in West Indies despite birth of second child due in June

Shane Watson intends to play in the Test series in the Caribbean.

Chris Barrett Shane Watson intends to play Australia's pre-Ashes series in the Caribbean in June despite his second child being due to be born just days before the first Test against the West Indies starts.

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Sydney Thunder's Josh Lalor began to doubt whether controversial catch was legal

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Chris Barrett Sydney Thunder's Josh Lalor concedes even he began to doubt whether his spectacular boundary catch at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night was legal but believes it is good that confusion about the...

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Mitchell Marsh up for bids: Sydney grade clubs enter ballot for Australian star

Chris Barrett Who wants Mitchell Marsh for a day? That is the question Sydney grade cricket clubs have been asked as Cricket Australia looks outside the square for a way for the World Cup-bound all-rounder to...

Mitchell Starc hopes bonus point win has 'reopened a few scars' for England

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Chris Barrett A year after their Ashes destruction of England, Australia's man of the match Mitchell Starc says he hopes a bonus point victory at the SCG has "reopened a few scars" for the tourists.

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George Bailey: Australian players 'do not agree' with Jonathan Agnew's comments on Phillip Hughes

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Chris Barrett A diplomatic George Bailey says Australia do not agree with comments about their on-field conduct made by England commentator Jonathan Agnew, who maintains that an opportunity has been missed to curb...

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Mike Young arrives to fix Australian fielding but he's no lucky charm

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Chris Barrett Mike Young has come in from the cold - about seven degrees below zero, to be exact - to sharpen up Australia's fielding, having been involved in two previous World Cup triumphs.

Eoin Morgan tries to 'clear things up' about Kevin Pietersen

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Chris Barrett Dropped in it by Kevin Pietersen, England's new one-day captain Eoin Morgan has attempted to navigate his way out of it after arriving in Sydney.

Michael Clarke returns to batting in bid to make World Cup injury deadline

Australian training in the nets at the SCG on Thursday.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke is back with a bat in his hand, stepping up his bid to meet a deadline set by Australian selectors to be fit for the World Cup.

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Australian fast bowling great Brett Lee announces his retirement

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Chris Barrett Brett Lee has announced his retirement from all cricket on Thursday.

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Gurinder Sandhu considered quitting NSW Blues at start of season

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Chris Barrett Only in NSW can you be picked for Australia in a season where you have not always got a game for your state. That's the scenario for Gurinder Sandhu.

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Australia can hurt England in Ashes, says veteran opener Chris Rogers

Chris Barrett The game's most famous and fiercely contested rivalry is sixth months away but the phoney Ashes war is already under way.

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World Cup deadline set to bring tension between Michael Clarke and selectors to a head

''We want him to play, he wants to play'': Michael Clarke at a press conference announcing Australia's World Cup squad.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke and selectors are headed for a spectacular showdown over the setting of a deadline for him to be fit for the World Cup, with an increasing belief that the injured Australian captain is...

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Gurinder Sandhu called into Australian one-day squad as World Cup bowlers rested

Stepping up: Gurinder Sandhu is in line to make a debut for Australia.

Chris Barrett He was edged out of the World Cup squad but fast-emerging NSW seamer Gurinder Sandhu is in line to make a debut for Australia after being called in for the first two games of the tri-series against...