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Chris Barrett

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

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Ashes 2013: Doug Bollinger on ice for possible Test comeback

Chris Barrett National priorities have prevailed in an arm wrestle for the services of Doug Bollinger with the resurgent left-armer to be rested from next week's Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia.

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Contest will be tough not ugly, captains pledge

Listen here: Kevin Pietersen imparts some of his knowledge to England captain Alastair Cook at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett England captain Alastair Cook has forecast a continuation of the "tough cricket" that led to tensions boiling over at the Gabba, but admits it is the captains' responsibility to ensure the hostile...

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SCG Trust chairman rules out drop-in cricket pitch to appease AFL

The Sydney Cricket Ground.

Chris Barrett There is staunch opposition to Adelaide's policy being adopted in Sydney.

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Cricket Australia praises the improvement in pitches

In form: Phil Hughes hits a ton against Victoria, his second in five shield games this season.

Chris Barrett One of Australia's chief problems in its fall from grace appears to be on the mend.

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Shield statistics point to batting renaissance

Marcus North

Chris Barrett One of Australia's chief problems in their fall from grace appears to be on the mend with a near 50 per cent spike in Sheffield Shield batting averages indicating a stunning run-scoring revival.

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The man who got the 'Bull' back on the attack

Mickey Arthur and David Warner.

Chris Barrett Mentor believes trigger for opener's flatlining was a directive to shelve aggression.

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Jimmy Anderson says sledging is a skill of the game

Copping it: Michael Clarke gives James Anderson a dose of his own medicine.

Chris Barrett Ashes antagoniser says sledging has played important part in his success.

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Attempt to tame David Warner's killer instincts backfired, says batting mentor Trent Woodhill

David Warner

Chris Barrett The curbing of David Warner’s instinctive, aggressive game by Australian coaches was responsible for him going backwards as a Test batsman until his recent explosion of form.

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Sledging made me what I am, says James Anderson

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Michael Clarke of Australia and James Anderson of England exchange words during day four of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 24, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Ashes antagoniser says he regards sledging as a 'skill' that has played an important part in him becoming England's all-time leading international wicket-taker.

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David Warner's foot slogs in the sand: the wake-up he needed

David Warner

Chris Barrett 'How much do you really want it?' It's a question that drives athletes in sports far and wide to throw off the Doona and rise at the crack of dawn against their body's every instinct.

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Sorry Warner wishes Trott the best

Australian cricketer David Warner.

Chris Barrett David Warner says his thoughts are with Trott, who is on an indefinite break from the game.

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David Warner wishes Jonathan Trott a speedy recovery

David Warner

Chris Barrett David Warner has broken his silence on the shock return home of Jonathan Trott, saying he had no idea the England No.3 was suffering with a mental illness and wishing him all the best in his recovery.

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Ricky Ponting says Mitchell Johnson's new dawn kicked off during IPL

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson's blistering start to the Ashes summer had its foundations in the Indian Premier League back in April, Ricky Ponting says.

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George Bailey ready for more fire in second Ashes Test

George Bailey of Australia and James Anderson of England.

Chris Barrett George Bailey said he was not perturbed by a threat by the England fast bowler to punch him in the face.

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Ashes 2013: George Bailey laughs off spat with Jimmy Anderson

George Bailey and James Anderson exchange words during day four at the Gabba.

Chris Barrett George Bailey, the mature-aged debutant whose confrontation with James Anderson ignited the tense finale to the first Test, says he was not perturbed by a threat from the England fast bowler to punch...

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Big Bash League may miss out on several Australian Test stars

Steve Smith.

Chris Barrett Australia's single-minded determination to regain the Ashes has led officials to tell Big Bash League franchises that Test players will not be available for the Twenty20 tournament.

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Ricky Ponting says Mitchell Johnson found his mojo in India

Mitchell Johnson of Australia takes a catch to dismiss James Anderson.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson's blistering start to the Ashes had its foundations in the IPL, according to Ricky Ponting.

The Ashes: Englishmen under fire in the sky

The Tonk

Andrew Wu, Chris Barrett seems there will be little respite for England's cricketers from the rigours of an Ashes tour in Australia – even when they are 30,000 feet in the air.

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Quiet Lyon sticks to sledging songsheet

Nathan Lyon.

Chris Barrett Nathan Lyon says he leaves the sledging and verbal shenanigans to others but the Australian off-spinner is the latest to insist that Michael Clarke's team will not be departing from the tactics...

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Ashes 2013: Brad Haddin happy not to be facing Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett A fearsome Mitchell Johnson was bowling as fast as 155km/h at the Gabba, veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says.

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