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

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New stands are grand but there's another $100m upgrade in pipeline for SCG

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Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu Planning is under way for a $100-million upgrade to the facilities at the SCG.

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Michael Clarke would love Australia to play the same team all the way through the Ashes campaign

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Chris Barrett Michael Clarke says it would be 'extremely romantic' if Australia was to field the same line-up from start to finish of an unforgettable Ashes campaign.

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Road trips a killer for touring Test cricket teams

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Chris Barrett The last calendar year was a graveyard for touring nations, spelling out just how challenging Australia's next assignment promises to be.

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The Ashes: SCG set to undergo $100m upgrade

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Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu The fifth Test heralds the opening of the brand-spanking new Noble and Bradman stands but The Tonk can reveal the next stage of the SCG redevelopment is already well and truly in the works.

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Why winning Tests abroad is the next frontier of modern game

India's batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, right, leaves the crease as South Africa's captain Graeme Smith, center facing camera, celebrates with his teammates after he was bowled for 32 runs on the firth and final day of their cricket test match at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/ Themba Hadebe)

Chris Barrett The Ashes were presumably the furthest thing from the minds of David Byrne and co when Talking Heads released Road to Nowhere a few decades back.

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Run-shy England skip batting practice before Ashes finale at SCG

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Chris Barrett Their batting has been streets behind Australia and they've been terrorised by Mitchell Johnson this summer but England have snubbed an opportunity to try to iron out their problems before Friday's...

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Ashes: Mitchell Johnson doesn't plan to change a thing in 2014

Happy man: Mitchell Johnson has taken 31 wickets in the Ashes series so far.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson doesn't deal in New Year's resolutions.

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England in shocking form, but batting practice was deemed a little hard

England players (from left) Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Chris Tremlett and Michael Carberry jump rope during team training at the SCG on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett England has snubbed an opportunity to iron out its problems ahead of Friday's fifth Test.

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Ashes 2014: No new year's resolutions for Mitchell Johnson, well maybe just one

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Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson doesn't deal in new year's resolutions. And when you've been travelling as well as the reborn Australian fast bowler over the past few months, why bother changing a thing?

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'We'll milk every moment', says Chris Rogers of Ashes redemption

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 05:  Chris Rogers of Australia bats during day one of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 5, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett The image of England's players on stage with bottles of Veuve in hand, confetti engulfing them in the London twilight, is one that Australia's players have not forgotten.

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The fall and rise of Australia

Surprise packet: Ashton Agar after his stunning 98 at Trent Bridge in July.

Chris Barrett It's been a year of drama, ending in glory, for Michael Clarke's Ashes-winning team.

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Ashes' $weet $ound of $uccess

Winners are grinners: Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke after the MCG win.

Chris Barrett Australia's Ashes-winning players are to share in a tasty bonus of more than $500,000.

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Windfall awaits Michael Clarke's side after Ashes triumph

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Chris Barrett Australia’s Ashes-winning players are to be granted a tasty bonus of more than $500,000 as reward for their drubbing of England this summer.

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Mitchell Johnson makes no apologies for his run-in with Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Johnson have a chat after Pitersen backed away from one of Johnson's deliveries.

Chris Barrett Paceman stands by his angry reaction to England batsman on third day.

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Shane Watson, Ryan Harris doubtful for fifth Test

Shane Watson may have to sit out the SCG Test.

Chris Barrett Australia enters the Sydney Test, starting on Friday, with the advantage of an extra day of rest.

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Ashes 2013: Shane Watson and Ryan Harris could sit out Sydney Test

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Chris Barrett Shane Watson could be left out of the team for the fifth Test in Sydney this week if he is not fit to bowl, while fast bowler Ryan Harris is also doubtful.

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The year in cricket: 2013 in review

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Chris Barrett The soap opera that was the Australian men's team. From the doghouse to the penthouse Michael Clarke's team had a rollercoaster ride like no other year.

Ashes cricket: Wind and tempers rise as Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen face off

Chris Barrett A wandering toddler has led to tempers rising, along with the wind, in a twisting and turning Boxing Day Test.

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Johnson fires up, England blows up

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena intervenes in a verbal spat between Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen.

Chris Barrett Wandering toddler leads to tempers rising on third day of Boxing Day Test.

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Long Ashes campaign left England 'mentally fragile', says Kevin Pietersen

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Chris Barrett A candid Kevin Pietersen admits England have been mentally fragile this summer, worn down by the unprecedented pressure and time away from home demanded by back-to-back Ashes series.

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