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

MCG declaration made with emotions of Sydney Test in mind, says Smith

Chris Barrett Steve Smith has revealed that his much-talked about declaration in Melbourne last week was made with the emotions of the fourth Test in mind, believing it was better to have the series wrapped up so...

Mitchell Starc replaces Mitchell Johnson for SCG Test

In the team: Mitchell Starc will play against India in the fourth Test at the SCG.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Starc has been called into the Australian team to replace the injured Mitchell Johnson for the fourth Test against India starting on Tuesday.

Josh Hazlewood in doubt for fourth Test against India with fatigue

In doubt: Josh Hazlewood may miss the fourth Test against India in Sydney.

Chris Barrett Australia may be forced into another change for Tuesday's fourth leg of the series against India at the SCG with fast bowler Josh Hazlewood facing a struggle to back up from the Brisbane and...

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Australia v India, fourth Test: David Warner makes unlikely call for peace at the SCG

Blessed the peacemaker: Australian opening batsman David Warner

Chris Barrett Australia's David Warner has emerged as the most unlikely of peacemakers, calling for calm in the finale to what has been an increasingly volatile Test series against India.

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Australia v India, fourth Test: Mitchell Starc set to replace injured Mitchell Johnson in Sydney

Steve Smith talks to Mitchell Starc as the left-arm paceman walks back to his bowling mark.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Starc is set to be given a chance to prove the doubters - and knocker-in-chief Shane Warne - wrong on his home track by stepping back into the Australian side only a fortnight after he was...

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Shane Watson leaves Australian training with illness ahead of fourth Test against India

Queasy rider: Shane Watson was  out of sorts.

Chris Barrett A stomach bug has interrupted Shane Watson’s lead-in to the fourth Test, prompting him to leave training on Sunday without facing a ball.

David Warner says thoughts of Phillip Hughes will never be far away in emotional Sydney Test

Chris Barrett The wicket being rolled for the Sydney Test is called, in groundsman speak, pitch six. Just to the left, looking from the Noble, Bradman and Messenger stands, is pitch five, the strip that has been...

SCG return will test witnesses to Phillip Hughes tragedy

Tough times ahead: Shane Watson in the SCG nets on Saturday.

Chris Barrett Australia’s players who were on the SCG pitch on the day Phillip Hughes was felled are bracing for visions of the horrific incident to come flooding back when the fourth Test of the...

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Mitchell Johnson ruled out, Shane Watson leaves training with illness

Mitchell Johnson.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of the fourth Test against India at the SCG with hamstring soreness.

Mitchell Johnson wants shorter spells to fuel need for speed

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson says he will ask Australian coach Darren Lehmann and captain Steve Smith about returning to bowling shorter spells in Sydney an effort to reproduce the consistent pace that helped...

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Mitchell Johnson expects more aggressive India under new captain Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli falls to the ground after being hit by a throw from Mitchell Johnson during the Boxing Day Test.

Chris Barrett When a young Virat Kohli flashed his middle finger towards the crowd during India's last visit to the SCG three years ago it should have been a sign of things to come.

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Channel Nine says criticism of Michael Clarke commentating on teammates is 'petty'

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Cricket Australia are relaxed about Michael Clarke joining the Channel Nine team amid questions over whether he should be commentating on players while he remains Australian captain and the...

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Sydney Sixers want Test side to release Mitchell Starc for Big Bash match

Chris Barrett Sydney Sixers will ask to have Mitchell Starc made available for their away trip to Melbourne Stars on Monday night should he not make the final cut for the fourth Test.

Australia plan 'boring' approach to stop Virat Kohli in SCG Test

Virat Kohli has piled on the runs for India against Australia.

Chris Barrett Australia are adopting a new policy - being boring - in a bid to thwart the influence of India's new captain Virat Kohli, who as well as running his mouth in this Test series has compiled a small...

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Return to SCG toughest for four players who saw Phillip Hughes fall

Phillip Hughes

Chris Barrett The emotion of stepping back onto the SCG will be toughest to deal with for the four players who were on the ground when Phillip Hughes was felled five weeks ago, according to NSW and Australian fast...

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Declaration does not mean Steve Smith will be conservative captain, says Stuart Clark

Under fire: Steve Smith has been criticised by some after his conservative second-innings declaration virtually ensured the third test would end in a draw.

Chris Barrett The man who first installed Steve Smith as a captain in top-class cricket does not believe he will be a conservative leader in the long run, defending the 25-year-old in the midst of criticism over...

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SCG honours Phillip Hughes with plaque for fourth cricket Test against India


Chris Barrett The life of the former NSW and Australian Test batsman will be commemorated with a bronze plaque to be unveiled at the ground at which he burst onto the scene and then met his tragic fate.

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Australian bowler Mitchell Starc says cricket great Shane Warne has been on his back for years

Hitting back: Mitchell Starc celebrates after uprooting Jacques Kallis's stumps during the BBL match at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Chris Barrett In the world of big, bad fast bowlers, being called "soft" is about as cutting an insult as they come.

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'Pitchsider' ban extended beyond Big Bash League

The Tonk dinkus

Andrew Wu and Chris Barrett The British ''pitchsider'' who has been ejected from three Big Bash League games in Sydney this summer has been banned from all matches governed by Cricket Australia.

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Man arrested at Big Bash cricket derby as authorities crack down on 'pitchsiding'

'Pitchsiding' suspected at Saturday's Big Bash League match.

Chris Barrett The standoff between cricket authorities, police and a British "pitchsider" continues, with the 30-year-old man arrested at Sunday night's Big Bash League derby in Sydney after being ejected from two...

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