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

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

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

Eoin Morgan

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

Brett Lee.

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

Gurinder Sandhu

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...

Michael Clarke named to lead Australian World Cup squad

Fitness race: Australian captain Michael Clarke may miss the opening match.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke has been named to lead Australia's World Cup campaign following Sunday's announcement of the Australian squad for the tournament starting on February 14 but he still has work to do in...

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Fielding guru Mike Young returns as Australia looks to stop the drops

Another one down: Steve Smith drops Lokesh Rahul.

Chris Barrett Addressing Australia's shoddiness in the field during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is poised to be a focal point of preparation for the World Cup, with American fielding guru Mike Young returning to...

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Not even a half-decent wicket at Spotless Stadium

Chris Barrett There was plenty said over the past five days about the pitch prepared for the Sydney Test, but it was nothing on the shocker dished up for the first-ever Big Bash League game at Spotless Stadium.

Keeping Ryan Harris for Test cricket only is the right call, says Andy Bichel

Ryan Harris played the last of his 21 one-day internationals in 2012.

Chris Barrett Former World Cup hero Andy Bichel says selectors will have made the right call by leaving Ryan Harris out of Australia's 15-man squad for the one-day cricket extravaganza.

Pat Cummins set to land World Cup berth

Going strong: NSW Thunder bowler Pat Cummins has impressed his teammates.

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu More than three years after a man-of-the-match Test debut for Australia, Pat Cummins is set to get the chance to shine on home soil in one-day cricket's showpiece.

New Zealand Black Caps confident they can be more than competitive in Tests against Australia

The Tonk dinkus

Andrew Wu and Chris Barrett Hopes are high in New Zealand that the Black Caps, fresh off their best year in Test history, can secure a rare series victory over Australia next summer

Tony Abbott claims he doesn't even have John Howard's bowling ability

The Tonk dinkus

Chris Barrett Tony Abbott has gone into bat for his former boss, defending the much-replayed delivery John Howard sent down while on a visit to Pakistan 10 years ago.

'Disappointing' fielding proves costly for Australia, says coach Darren Lehmann

Darren Lehmann.

Chris Barrett Australian coach Darren Lehmann lamented his team's scratchy fielding after the draw against India in Melbourne and he has been left disappointed again after a series of dropped catches and missed...

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Virat Kohli scores fourth century of series but Shane Watson tips balance back in Australia's favour

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08:  Shane Watson of Australia celebrates with team mates after claiming the wicket of Suresh Raina of India during day three of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Shane Watson is the country’s most scrutinised cricketer, but he has delivered a timely reminder of his value to Australia as an all-rounder after a double breakthrough late on the third day of...

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Australian captain Steve Smith says it is still Michael Clarke's team

Another ton: Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century during day two of the Fourth Test against India

Chris Barrett As a batsman he has had the most successful start to the Australian captaincy in history but Steve Smith insists he is ready to hand the job back to Michael Clarke if and when the team's full-time...

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Mitchell Starc responds to Shane Warne 'soft' criticism with fiery send-off on return to Test team

Mirchell Starc

Chris Barrett Murali Vijay may has well have been wearing a Shane Warne mask at the SCG on Wednesday. With fist pumped and mouth wide he let the vanquished Indian opener know just how pleased he was to strike only...

Confusion over Sunil Gavaskar's invitation to present trophy at end of series named after him

Late to the party: Sunil Gavaskar claims Cricket Australia were tardy in extending an invitation to him

Chloe Saltau and Chris Barrett Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border will present the trophy with their names on it when the fourth Test finishes at the SCG, but a confusing sequence of events saw the former Indian captain and...