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Chris Barrett

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

World Cup clash between Australia and New Zealand is battle of the frenemies

Chris Barrett In England's north-west they often refer to the the regular meetings between Liverpool and Everton as the Friendly Derby.

The rise and rise of New Zealand cricket and the Black Caps

Natural leader:  New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

Chris Barrett The headquarters of New Zealand Cricket are located in a modest level-three office in Grafton in suburban Auckland.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia have four players as good as Brendon McCullum, says Craig McDermott

Big Mac: Craig McDermott with Mitchell Johnson.

Chris Barrett Australia have moved to downplay the importance of Brendon McCullum to the outcome of Saturday's bumper World Cup clash at Eden Park, with fast bowling coach Craig McDermott saying they had four...

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: New Zealand promise they won't be sledging Australians

PUNCHER'S CHANCE: The Black Caps have been lauded once again after arguably one of the best year's in New Zealand cricket history.

Chris Barrett Australia have made aggression a key feature of their approach against opposition teams but New Zealand insist they will not be fighting fire with fire in the sledging department in Saturday's World...

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Australia's Shane Watson keen to answer questions about form in World Cup clash against New Zealand

On target: Shane Watson during a training session.

Chris Barrett Shane Watson's news conference in Auckland began a little like Sarah Ferguson's budget-night interview with Joe Hockey last year.

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Resurgent Kiwis frozen out of Boxing Day Test at MCG

Brendon McCullum and Eoin Morgan.

Chris Barrett Twenty-seven years after their last appearance a resurgent New Zealand have lobbied for a return to one of the game's most revered stages - the Boxing Day Test at the MCG - but despite the renewed...

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Australians try new helmet in wake of Phillip Hughes' death

Chris Barrett Australian players will be given the chance to try out the latest 'honeycomb' helmet designed in the wake of Phillip Hughes's death, according to Cricket Australia's high performance chief Pat Howard.

Australia's David Warner says Brendon McCullum will have 'brain explosion' if put under pressure in World Cup clash

Super bat:  New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has been in dazzling form over the past 12 months.

Chris Barrett His bruising strokeplay could stand between Australia and top spot in Group A but Brendon McCullum is susceptible to a "brain explosion", at Eden Park on Saturday, according to Australia's David...

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New Zealand's Luke Ronchi ready to face old Australian teammates in World Cup clash in Auckland

Two countries: Luke Ronchi plays a shot against Sri Lanka.

Chris Barrett There has been plenty made of how infrequently Australia and New Zealand have played lately as they wind up for the sold-out Group A showdown at Eden Park.

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Cricket World Cup: Australia out to exploit 'absurd' Eden Park boundaries

Aaron Finch

Chris Barrett Australia's openers Aaron Finch and David Warner are eager to make the most of straight boundaries at Eden Park that have been described as "absurd".

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Cricket Australia directors had doubts about Michael Clarke's leadership, book reveals

Mark Taylor and Michael Clarke back in 2004.

Chris Barrett Mark Taylor convinced sceptical Cricket Australia directors including Matthew Hayden to rubber-stamp the appointment of Michael Clarke as the country's 43rd Test captain in the hours after Ricky...

Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh bowler to be sent home after breaking curfew

Sent home: Al-Amin Hossain broke curfew in Brisbane.

Chris Barrett A Bangladeshi fast bowler will be sent home from the World Cup after breaking a team curfew in Brisbane, it was reported on Sunday night.

Just Warnie being Warnie: Australian players stand behind coach Darren Lehmann

How times change: Shane Warne and Darren Lehmann celebrate a Test win in 2004.

Chris Barrett Australia have flown into Auckland for their hugely anticipated World Cup showdown against New Zealand adamant they won't be destabilised by Shane Warne's latest entry into the politics behind the...

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Sikh religious requirement to wear knives tests World Cup Cricket organisers

Chris Barrett It goes without saying that you can't take a knife into an Australian cricket ground but World Cup organisers have had to think a little outside the square to accommodate the many of India's Sikh...

Shane Warne says Michael Clarke should be in charge of Australian team, not Darren Lehmann

Australian captain Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Shane Warne believes Darren Lehmann is overstepping his responsibilities as Australian coach, saying it is captain Michael Clarke who should be in charge and not him

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: WACA Ground's future on shaky ground

Good for quicks: Mitchell Starc at the WACA ground.

Chris Barrett It's one of world cricket's most iconic wickets, providing a more significant home advantage for Australia than any other venue, but the future of the WACA as a Test cricket ground is on shaky ground.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Michael Clarke's comeback set to be against big fish, not minnows as planned

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett When the options for Michael Clarke's comeback from hamstring surgery were discussed after Christmas, three games in particular were weighed up by high performance chief Pat Howard and national...

Cardiff revisited: John Buchanan, Andrew Symonds and that shock loss to Bangladesh

Andrew Symonds looks out from the Pavillion during the game against Bangladesh after being dropped from the team.

Chris Barrett Australia's shock five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh almost ten years ago will, of course, forever be remembered for the events that took place in the lead-up.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: All signs point to the bench for George Bailey against Bangladesh

Odd man out: Australian batsman George Bailey.

Chris Barrett If it was not already resolved who would make way for the return of Michael Clarke in this World Cup, then there were more revealing clues on Thursday.

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Glenn Maxwell says Australia bracing for tough World Cup run of three games in eight days

Chris Barrett Its critics argue it is too long and predictable, certainly in its group phase, but Glenn Maxwell says the World Cup is providing the Australiains a valuable chance to bond as they before making a...