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

Ashes 2015: Older and wiser David Warner looms as future Australian vice-captain to Steve Smith

Chris Barrett The last time Australia were in England on an Ashes tour the thought of David Warner being captain was preposterous. At the weekend he took over in place of Michael Clarke.

Ashes 2015: Brad Haddin returns to where he started in England - as back-up 'keeper

Unfamiliar role: Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin in the outfield.

Chris Barrett It's not quite the way the veteran wicketkeeper envisioned his fourth England Test tour turning out but retaining the Ashes will be his primary concern whether he's in the XI or not.

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Ashes 2015: Band on the run - Australia take changing of the guard in their stride

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Chris Barrett A transition to a new generation was already on the horizon for an ageing Australian team but it has arrived sooner than expected for a side in the midst of an Ashes series.

Ashes 2015: Australia to give Chris Rogers every chance to be fit for third Test at Edgbaston

Worrying moment: Australia's Chris Rogers is hit on the helmet by the ball in the second Ashes Test.

Chris Barrett Australian opener Chris Rogers is being given every chance to recover from an ear injury in time for the third Ashes Test.

Ashes 2015: Peter Nevill firms to retain gloves for Australia in third Test

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Chris Barrett The unusual sight of Brad Haddin fielding at point and in the outfield was another giveaway that his former understudy is set to hold his place in next week's third Test at Edgbaston.

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Ashes 2015: Josh Hazlewood hopes Australia can stay on top of Joe Root and Ian Bell

Chris Barrett The skyscraping seamer from the bush was outstanding in his first outing at Lord's and is looking to repeat the trick in next week's third Test at Edgbaston.

Ashes 2015: Shaun Marsh hundred leaves him ready if Chris Rogers is ruled out of Test

Shaun Marsh makes the most of his opportunity.

Chris Barrett The 32-year-old warmed up for a possible appearance in the third Test next week with a second hundred of this Ashes tour against Derbyshire.

Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers believes foam head guard prevented more serious damage

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17:  Chris Rogers of Australia leaves the ground after he was dismissed for 173 runs by Stuart Broad of England during day two of the 2nd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 17, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Chris Rogers has had a series of tests in London this week to get to the bottom of an ear problem and bid to play in the third Test.

Ashes 2015: Australia set to go short to bring down prolific Jonny Bairstow

In form: Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow celebrates his 100 against Worcestershire last week.

Chris Barrett The Yorkshireman joins this Ashes series averaging more than 100 in county cricket this season and Australia will be eager to stop him in his tracks at Edgbaston next week.

Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers suffered further dizzy spells but still a chance for third Test

Protection: Chris Rogers displays the new stemguard attachment during the first Test.

Chris Barrett The opener will have further tests on an ear injury in London on Thursday and Friday after visiting a leading vestibular expert but is yet to get the all clear to re-join the Australian tour party...

Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers thought the Lord's grandstand was moving, says David Warner

Concern: Brad Haddin and Dave Warner help Chris Rogers after he suffered a dizzy spell on day four of the second Test.

Chris Barrett David Warner offers an insight into the worrying scenes at Lord's when his opening partner suffered a sudden and unexplained dizzy spell which made him think the grandstand was moving.

Ashes 2015: Peter Nevill - I'm still the back-up wicketkeeper to Brad Haddin

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Chris Barrett The Australians appear to have a dilemma over which wicketkeeper might play at Edgbaston next week but the younger of the glovemen says his forced debut at Lord's doesn't change the pecking order.

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Ashes 2015: Cricket Australia to recommend universal use of Chris Rogers' clip-on helmet guard

Protection: Chris Rogers displays the new stemguard attachment during the first Test.

Chris Barrett Australian opener Chris Rogers was wearing one of the new stemguard attachments at Lord's last Friday when he was struck by a delivery from England's James Anderson.

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Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers likely to play in third Test

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Chris Barrett Chris Rogers has received good news after having scans on Monday, with the Australian opener cleared of any serious damage.

Ashes 2015: Peter Nevill's debut leaves selectors with tricky decision on Brad Haddin

Chris Barrett If the veteran Australian wicketkeeper is available again do they bring him straight back in? Or do they make the generational change behind the stumps a permanent one?

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Ashes 2015: Pitch imperfect - Trevor Bayliss says flat wickets suit Australia not England

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16:  England coach Trevor Bayliss before day one of the 2nd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 16, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett The England coach has called for pitches with more life in them for the remainder of this Ashes series after the production of a flat deck at Lord's backfired badly for the hosts.

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Ashes 2015: Blowtorch on England top order after collapse leaves hosts rattled

England's Gary Balance leaves the pitch after being caught by Peter Nevill off the bowling of Australia's Mitchell Marsh on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord's.

Chris Barrett Alastair Cook admits England will have to consider changes to their fragile top order after they crumbled in 37 overs on Sunday at Lord's to surrender the second Ashes Test by 405 runs

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Johnson leads way as Australia thrash England by 405 runs

Mitchell Johnson led Australia to a comprehensive win at Lord's on Sunday.

Chris Barrett Australia vowed to hit back after the disappointment of Cardiff but even they can't have imagined the second Ashes Test turning out quite like this.

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Ashes 2015: Australian opener Chris Rogers retired hurt two days after getting blow to head

Concern: Australian batsman Chris Rogers sits on the ground before retiring on the fourth day of the Ashes Test at Lord's.

Chris Barrett There were concerns on Sunday for the health and immediate playing future of the veteran Australian opener after he suffered a sudden dizzy spell while at the non-striker's end.

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Marsh says it's hard to see how much Shane Watson cops

Mitchell Marsh celebrates the dismissal of Ben Stokes.

Chris Barrett The new Australian all-rounder admits the saga around whether he or his elder colleague would play at Lord's was difficult to deal with.