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

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

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.

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

The Tonk dinkus

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...

Mitchell Johnson says nerves got to Australia during loss to New Zealand

Big moment: Australia's Mitchell Johnson bowls against New Zealand on Saturday.

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu Australia were only beaten by a whisker in Auckland but the post-mortem continues on the stunning batting collapse against New Zealand that left them playing catch-up.

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Was Michael Clarke having pop at Darren Lehmann over poor preparation for New Zealand game?

Michael Clarke has taken aim at his side's poor shot selection against New Zealand.

Chris Barrett It was just a couple of sentences in a post-match explanation that ran close to 10 minutes, but in the current climate of uneasiness behind the scenes of the Australian team it stood out like a dot...

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Glenn Maxwell's choking taunt proves to be premature celebration

Choking taunt: Glenn Maxwell

Chris Barrett Already jubilant with a dramatic win over big brothers Australia, New Zealanders are having a field day with a video clip showing Glenn Maxwell displaying a choking gesture to the Eden Park crowd as...

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Michael Clarke says too little time has been spent preparing to face swing bowling

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Australia’s batsmen were found wanting in Auckland thanks to a failure to prepare themselves to defend the new and swinging ball, their captain admitted on Saturday night.

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World Cup 2015: Australia's Mitchell Starc nearly steals show as Black Caps taken to wire

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke night savaged his team's batting as "horrendous" but hailed the performance of Mitchell Starc as genius after the left-arm quick almost pulled off an extraordinary comeback win

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Pat Cummins to make his World Cup debut against New Zealand

Pace barrage: Mitch Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson at Mount Eden in Auckland.

Chris Barrett Pat Cummins will make his World Cup debut in the trans-Tasman World Cup showdown at Eden Park on Saturday, with Australia banking on express pace to get them across the line.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Ricky Ponting refutes Kiwi claims they don't sledge

The Tonk dinkus

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu Kiwis don't sledge? That's news to Ricky Ponting. "I have been amused a little by talk emanating from New Zealand that they have given up on sledging."

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

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 27:  Michael Clarke of Australia speaks to the media before an Australian Nets Session at Eden Park on February 27, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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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