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Chris Barrett

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

Evergreen Michael Hussey and Jacques Kallis lead Sydney Thunder to thrilling Big Bash win

Chris Barrett Michael Hussey and Jacques Kallis have led the Sydney Thunder to a thrilling Big Bash win over the Brisbane Heat on Sunday.

Steve Smith will soon have new generation to lead as Michael Clarke era nears end

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Chris Barrett Mickey Arthur remembers the selection meeting vividly because it would be his last. Five minutes after adding Steve Smith to the 2013 Ashes squad, he was sacked.

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Sonny Bill Williams says bout against Paul Gallen may happen next year

Fighting fit: Sonny Bill Williams is closer to a showdown with Paul Gallen.

Chris Barrett Sonny Bill Willams says a fight against his former NRL and rugby league international rival Paul Gallen is on the cards 

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Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques says big overseas names not needed to win Big Bash League

Timing is everything: Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques believes the Big Bash has arrived at just the right time for players and  the cricketing public.

Chris Barrett Melbourne have Kevin Pietersen, Brisbane Andrew Flintoff, and their cross-town rivals the Thunder have Jacques Kallis.

Sydney Thunder recruit Jacques Kallis predicts Steve Smith to be successful as South African namesake

Chris Barrett Legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis believes the example set by the Proteas former leader Graeme Smith proves that Australia's new Test captain Steve Smith can be a success despite his...

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Steve Smith pushes through shyness to become Australia's 45th Test captain

Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson warm up at the Gabba on Monday.

Chris Barrett A few hours into Cricket NSW's season launch a few months back the usual suspects were still in the room at the Rocks overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Steve Smith goes from teenage club sensation to Australian cricket captain

A word from the wise: Shane Warne gets in Steve Smith's ear before play on the second day of the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan in 2009.

Chris Barrett Steve Smith's destiny to be an Australian Test cricketer - and ultimately the captain - became blatantly clear when he was playing grade cricket with Sutherland.

Steve Smith named Australian Test captain for rest of Test series against India

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Chris Barrett Steve Smith has been named as Australia's Test captain, replacing injured skipper Michael Clarke for the rest of the series against India.

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Mitchell Starc groin strain hampers bid for World Cup squad

Nervous wait: Mitchell Starc will be hoping he is fit to bowl against South Africa.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Starc's bid to mount a late case for a World Cup berth hit a snag on Friday night when he was sent off for scans on a groin injury.

Coach Darren Lehmann talks about rumours of rift with Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke

Strained alliance: Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Only a matter of months ago things could hardly have been better for the Australian cricket team.

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Mitchell Johnson set to be be rested ahead of Test series and World Cup

Cotton wool treatment: Mitch Johnson.

Chris Barrett and Brad Elborough Mitchell Johnson is likely to be freshened before a marathon summer by being rested for the second leg of the ODI series against South Africa.

Brad Haddin races against time to be fit for first Test against India

Always the professional: Brad Haddin.

Chris Barrett Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin will have to wait another week to know if he will be fit to play in the first Test against India.

Day-night Tests a solution to thin crowds, says James Sutherland

Experiment: The pink ball will be trialled once again.

Chris Barrett Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says a future where most Test cricket is played in a day-night format is not out of the question.

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Chris Hartley, Peter Nevill next in line for Test wicketkeeper's spot, believes Healy

In form: Queensland’s Chris Hartley.

Chris Barrett Ian Healy says fellow Queenslander Chris Hartley and the Blues' Peter Nevill should be the wicketkeepers considered for a Test call-up if Brad Haddin does not recover for the series opener against...

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Indian captain MS Dhoni ruled out of Brisbane Test with arm injury

Out: India's captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Chris Barrett India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will miss the first Test against Australia at the Gabba starting on December 4 with an arm injury.

Richie Benaud says his doctors are pleased with his progress after crash, skin cancer treatment

Cricket greats, including Richie Benaud,  assemble at the SCG ahead of Ch 9's launch of their coverage of the cricket season.
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Chris Barrett The master of the broadcast box, Richie Benaud also happens to be the master of the understatement. 

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Indian company asked to conduct review of Australia's thrashing against Pakistan

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Chris Barrett Cricket Australia's high performance chief Pat Howard has engaged an Indian company to conduct a thorough review of the shambolic series against Pakistan in an effort to find a solution for...

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Cameron White stakes World Cup claim as Australia clinch T20 series

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Chris Barrett With poise and purpose Cameron White not only clinched the Twenty20 series against South Africa but offered another World Cup audition at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.

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Commentary doyen Richie Benaud set to call Sydney Test

Icon: Richie Benaud is on his way back to the commentary box.

Chris Barrett Channel Nine are planning for master commentator Richie Benaud to call the Sydney Test against India in January 

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Michael Clarke's publisher blocks talk of Dale Steyn feud at book launch

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Chris Barrett Michael Clarke has baulked at suggestions that relationships with South Africa, principally fast bowler Dale Steyn, require mending ahead of the one-day series starting next week, saying he believed...

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