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Chris Barrett

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

World Cup winner Geoff Marsh counsels Australia on pressures of playing at home

Chris Barrett Geoff Marsh, a World Cup winner as both a player and a coach, has been called into the Australian camp to advise them on handling the expectations that come with hosting the tournament.

Shane Watson turns to meditation to conquer cricket's mind games

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Chris Barrett Shane Watson says a mind-body practice made famous by the Beatles helped him deal with the death of Phillip Hughes and hopes it can inspire him at the World Cup.

Sydney Sixers to welcome back stars for tilt at Champions League riches

Back in pink: Steve Smith playing for the Sixers.

Andrew Wu, Chris Barrett, Daniel Lane The Sydney Sixers face an embarrassment of riches at this year's Champions League when they welcome back their Australian stars for the global Twenty20 tournament.

Cricket officials discuss replacing Michael Clarke with Steven Smith as full-time Australian captain


Chris Barrett Senior Australian cricket figures have discussed the option of appointing Steven Smith as the country's permanent captain beyond the World Cup, leaving Michael Clarke's position in the balance.

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

Good cause: Shane Watson with motor neurone disease sufferer and activist Dr Ian Davis.

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

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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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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.

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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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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