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

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Umpires furious over attack on their integrity by ICC President Mustafa Kamal

Chris Barrett World Cup umpires have been left seething over an attack on their integrity by one of the International Cricket Council's most senior figures, with the prospect of taking legal action discussed on...

Australian cricket team is still the country's most popular side 'followed by daylight', says James Sutherland

Chris Barrett Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has hit back at claims by his Football Federation Australia counterpart David Gallop that the Socceroos were now the only national sporting team...

James Sutherland says cricket - not soccer - is Australia's national game

Still No.1: Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland launched a strong defence of the game following comments from FFA CEO David Gallop.

Chris Barrett Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has hit back at claims by his Football Federation Australia counterpart David Gallop that the Socceroos were now the only national sporting team...

ICC Cricket World Cup: Jake Doran's D-day looming with NSW Blues over contract

English batsman Jonathan Trott.

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu Cricket doesn't do contract sagas like the football codes but there is one that has dominated discussion at Driver Avenue in recent weeks that is about to reach its conclusion.

Cricket World Cup: Shane Watson cherishes Sydney bromance with fellow all-rounder Glenn Maxwell

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Chris Barrett Glenn Maxwell credited Shane Watson as being an important shoulder for him to lean on during a tough trot in his personal life and it seems the bromance between the two allrounders goes both ways.

Cricket World Cup: 'Relaxed' South Africa skip training as captain AB de Villiers promises they won't choke in quarter-final against Sri Lanka

South African captain AB de Villiers speaks at a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sydney on March 17, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE  -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--

Chris Barrett South Africa are preaching relaxation as their route to World Cup redemption, skipping training on the eve of their quarter-final at the SCG as they declared they are "not going to choke" again at...

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Ireland's John Mooney hopes attack will not deter others from talking about mental health

Targeted: Ireland's John Mooney.

Chris Barrett John Mooney says he hopes the attack on him doesn't discourage others with mental health problems from speaking up.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Zimbabwean journalist may be tossed out of World Cup and future events over 'vicious attack' on Irish seamer John Mooney

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Chris Barrett It is the World Cup story that has had thousands shaking their heads in disbelief and tournament organisers were on Wednesday night considering revoking the accreditation of the Zimbabwean journalist...

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Afghanistan can shock England in World Cup, says coach Andy Moles

England in their sights: Afghanistan's coach Andy Moles directs players during a training session.

Chris Barrett Crashing out of the World Cup at the hands of Bangladesh was bad enough. Losing to Afghanistan would be almost unthinkable.

Is Jason Gillespie the man for England coaching job after disastrous World Cup exit?

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Chris Barrett Could the poor old Poms have an Australian in charge by the time the Ashes begins this year?

Rubel Hossain is Bangladesh's cricket hero and may soon be cleared of rape allegations

Banglandesh paceman Rubel Hossain (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after dismissing England's batsman Eoin Morgan (not pictured) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool A match between Bangladesh and England at the Adelaide Oval on March 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN
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Chris Barrett Only two months ago Rubel Hossain was behind bars. He spent three days in custody and only when he was granted bail was he permitted to join his country's World Cup squad.

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Shane Watson grabs opportunity with half-century in recall to Australia's World Cup team but is expensive with ball against Sri Lanka

Second chance: Shane Watson bats against Sri Lanka at the SCG.

Chris Barrett As one touring scribe noted when Australia's team was announced on Sunday afternoon, rumours of the death of Shane Watson's international career had been greatly exaggerated.

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Ryan Harris calls for rethink on reduction of teams at next World Cup

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu He's watching the World Cup from the sidelines as he freshens up for his main event of the year - the Ashes tour - but Ryan Harris has added his voice to the growing call for the ICC to rethink their...

Cricket umpires could wear helmets in future, says Simon Taufel

Heads up: Umpire Karl Wentzel in a helmet.

Chris Barrett Former leading umpire Simon Taufel says he can see a day when umpires wear helmets or other protective gear to combat the danger posed by the proliferation of more powerful bats and hard-hitting...

Australia leave door open to recall Shane Watson for World Cup clash against Sri Lanka

Bouncing back: Shane Watson could be a shock inclusion against Sri Lanka at the SCG on Sunday.

Chris Barrett Australia left the door ajar on Saturday for what would be a staggering recall for Shane Watson for their crucial Pool A match against Sri Lanka in Sydney on Sunday, only four days after his shock...

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Health scare for Australian bowling coach Craig McDermott

Took a turn: Craig McDermott.

Chris Barrett Australian players and staff were relieved on Saturday after bowling coach and former Test quick Craig McDermott returned to training after a health scare at the SCG.

Former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss warns Australia not to write off 'dangerous' Sri Lanka

Trevor Bayliss, Sri Lanka's Australian cricket coach out side his hotel in Colombo today. Photo: Matt Wade  04/03/09

Chris Barrett Former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss warns that Australia's opponents on Sunday should not be underestimated.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Why Shane Watson's loss could be Sydney Thunder's gain

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Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu In their short history Sydney Thunder have not had a great deal to crow about, collecting three wooden spoons in four seasons.

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Michael Clarke misses batting practice before crucial World Cup clash with Sri Lanka

Bowling not batting: Australia's Michael Clarke in the match against Afghanistan.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke will enter Sunday's must-win match against Sri Lanka at the SCG with only 37 minutes of batting under his belt since his return for Australia in the World Cup, after missing a golden...

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David Warner leaves Michael Clarke and press in stitches after hundred against Afghanistan

Proud dad: Darren Lehmann presents his son, Jake, with his South Australian cap on Thursday.

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu It's not unusual for David Warner to have a blow up - just ask Indian trio Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and  Varun Aaron - though on this occasion it had Michael Clarke in stitches rather than...