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

Forgotten star Ashton Agar on mission to return to Australian cricket team

Chris Barrett Ashton Agar turned 21 this week, a milestone that went by largely unnoticed outside the quiet dinner he shared with his family and girlfriend in Sydney.

Prodigal son Bollinger signs with Sydney Sixers

Homecoming parade: Sydney Sixers paceman Doug Bollinger.

Chris Barrett In a week in which Cricket Australia has raised the possibility of shipping players around the country, one of NSW's favourite sons is returning home.

Steve Smith is lead candidate to be Australia's next captain, says selector Mark Waugh

Leadership potential: Steve Smith.

Chris Barrett He's already had the tick of approval by Ricky Ponting. Now the case for Steve Smith to be Australia's next long-term captain has been rubber-stamped by a selector, with Mark Waugh saying the NSW...

Shane Watson says Kevin Pietersen is a loss to international cricket

Shane Watson.

Chris Barrett Shane Watson believes England cricket authorities should have done more to accommodate Kevin Pietersen, saying the revelations of discontent in his explosive autobiography provided a fresh reminder...

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Cricket Australia contemplates player draft in bid to spread the wealth

Draft chance: Jake Doran has a rookie contract.

Chris Barrett A rookie draft would likely be met by strong opposition from big states like NSW, who would bristle at the idea of losing players that have been produced inside their borders.

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Darrell Hair says chucking crackdown is 20 years too late

Chris Barrett Darrell Hair, the umpire who famously no-balled Muttiah Muralitharan in a Boxing Day Test, says cricket's crackdown on illegal bowling actions has come 20 years too late, leaving the game with "a...

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Moises Henriques puts hand up for World Cup with maiden ton against Victoria

Century: Moises Henriques notches up four against Victoria.

Chris Barrett Nine years in the making, Moises Henriques' maiden one-day century was worth the wait.

SCG and ANZ fighting to host international cricket matches

Let the fireworks begin: Cameron White heads out to bat for Australia at ANZ Stadium in February.

Chris Barrett A tug of war for international cricket in Sydney is under way with Cricket Australia in talks with staff from the Sydney Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadium about deals to stage Australian games for the...

Southern Stars duo Erin Osborne and Ellyse Perry still hopeful of proposed tournament pay day

Windfall: Southern Stars Erin Osborne, Alyssa Healy, Sarah Coyte and Ellyse Perry on Thursday.

Chris Barrett Leading Australians Erin Osborne and Ellyse Perry hope a proposed tournament in which top female cricketers could earn up to $40,000 over 12 days isn't dead in the water, saying it could make a...

England players hate David Warner but I quite like him, says Kevin Pietersen

I quite liked the bloke: Kevin Pietersen, right, with David Warner

Chris Barrett Kevin Pietersen says Australia's David Warner is hated by England players but admits he likes the Test opener.

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'He's like one of my kids': Michael Maguire tells why he gave his premiership ring to Issac Luke

One big happy family: Issac Luke celebrates the grand final win, for which the hooker was suspended, with the Rabbitohs faithful.

Chris Barrett South Sydney coach Michael Maguire says he decided he would give his premiership ring to Issac Luke the moment the hooker lost his judiciary appeal last week, describing the suspended hooker as "like...

Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood on verge of Test inclusion

Ready for the big time: Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.

Chris Barrett If cricketers were permitted to bet, the smart money would be on a towering fast bowler from Tamworth to finally arrive in the big smoke of Test cricket this summer.

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Australia's Steve O'Keefe says spinners who bowl with bent arms deserve to be banned

Having a ball: Steve O’Keefe, left, with NSW teammates Josh Hazlewood and Peter Nevill.

Chris Barrett Australia's newest Test spinner, Steve O'Keefe, admits he feels little sympathy for suspended Pakistani counterpart Saeed Ajmal, welcoming the International Cricket Council's crackdown on chuckers he...

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Shane Watson faces fight to regain Test place, says Michael Clarke

Facing a fitness race of his own: Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke says the injured Shane Watson will face "stiff competition" to regain his place in the Australian XI for this summer's home Test series against India, as a debut looms for Mitchell...

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Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh to join list of Bradman Honourees

Sachin Tendulkar ended up with an average of 157 at the SCG.

Chris Barrett He won't be here with the touring Indian team this summer but Sachin Tendulkar will be back at the SCG next month.

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David Moore steps up to the crease as NSW cricket's coaching supremo

David Moore.

Chris Barrett The NSW under-19s team of 1983-84 was, through the eyes of history, something special. Steve and Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor, Brad McNamara and Gavin Robertson were all members of the young Blues that...

Chris Cairns to be charged with perjury by London police

Chris Cairns has vowed to clear his name.

Chris Barrett, Sarah Harvey Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns will be charged with perjury by London's Metropolitan Police in a dramatic climax to the game's latest match-fixing investigation.

Pat Cummins back from injury, now for a return to national colours

Chris Barrett Back in national colours for the first time in nearly two years, Pat Cummins could emerge as a key figure for Australia in the World Cup next February, according to the speedster's state coach Trevor...

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Aaron Finch takes over from George Bailey as Australia's Twenty20 captain

Aaron Finch

Chris Barrett Aaron Finch has been named as Australia's new Twenty20 captain, taking over from George Bailey who stepped down from the post in an effort to play more first-class cricket.

Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell called in to Test squad

Got his big break: Steve O'Keefe.

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu Perennially overlooked, Steve O'Keefe will finally get the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level after being selected in Australia's touring party to the United Arab Emirates next month...