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Chris Barrett

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

India's Essel Group contacting more Australian players about rebel cricket league

Chris Barrett Officials know operatives from rival group have spoken to Australian players but hope to strike blow to rebel plans with the signing of new contracts in the next week.

Ashes 2015: Introducing Square Jeff, Australian spinner Nathan Lyon's new ball

Nathan Lyon poses during an Australian Ashes portrait session in Roseau, Dominica.

Chris Barrett The 27-year-old off-spinner has a new trick up his sleeve but he's keeping the details under wraps ahead of the Test series against England.

Ashes 2015: 'Dad's Army ... I'll take it as a compliment' says Michael Clarke

Australia's cricket team captain Michael Clarke speaks to the media during a welcome party at the Australian High Commission in London, Monday, June 22, 2015. The Australian cricket team is in Britain to play a five test Ashes test series against England, with the first test to be played in Cardiff from July 8. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Chris Barrett Australian captain Michael Clarke is happy to take the Captain Mainwaring tag given to him by Jason Gillespie.

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Ashes 2015: Australia play straight bat as England get wound up on one-day thrills

Chris Barrett The old enemy have been infused by self-belief after a one-day series win but how much does it really mean for the Ashes?

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Ashes 2015: Shaun Marsh happy to bat wherever Australia wants in fight for Test spot

In the swing: Shaun Marsh is keen to press his claims for the Ashes by impressing in the lead-up matches.

Chris Barrett The left-hander knows he needs big runs in practice matches against Kent and Essex to retain his place for the first Test.

Ashes 2015: Australia eager to prove Jason Gillespie wrong over 'Dad's Army' quip

Jibe: Jason Gillespie with England captain Alastair Cook in March.

Chris Barrett England-based former Australian quick hasn't impressed his countrymen with comments made about their age and physical state.

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Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke: I've never asked David Warner to sledge an opponent

Chris Barrett The Australian captain says he expects both teams to "headbutt" the line, but if his opener doesn't want to antagonise England that is up to him.

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Moises Henriques faces surgery after clash

Broken jaw: Moises Henriques in action earlier this year.

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu Australian cricketer Moises Henriques will on Tuesday have the first of multiple operations to repair a badly broken jaw after being involved in an outfield collision with a teammate in a county game...

Australia look for lift from David Warner and Shane Watson despite Windies romp

David Warner plays a lofted stroke towards gully on day three of the second Test in Kingston.

Chris Barrett They won the series in the Caribbean in under seven days but there is room for improvement against England, according to coach Darren Lehmann.

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Now we can talk about the Ashes, says Michael Clarke after West Indies series win

Michael Clarke and the Australian team can turn their focus to England.

Chris Barrett The Ashes has been a no-go area for the two weeks in the Caribbean, with most players ducking and weaving any talk about the upcoming England series on the instructions of captain Michael Clarke.

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Australian cricketer Moises Henriques involved in horrific outfield collision

Moises Henriques in action for the Sydney Sixers during the T20 Big Bash League in January.

Chris Barrett The Twenty20 game between Surrey and Sussex was abandoned on Sunday after an on-field collision between Australian Moises Henriques and his Surrey teammate Rory Burns.

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Bring it on: West Indian Jason Holder says he feeds off Australian sledging

Combative: Rising star Jason Holder.

Chris Barrett The Australians' on-field antics often irk rival players but not this exciting 23-year-old all-rounder.

'World's best': Mark Waugh's high praise of Mitchell Starc magnifies Ashes dilemma

Standing tall: Mitchell Starc has carried his one-day form into the Test arena.

Chris Barrett The NSW left-armer receives high praise but could miss out in the Ashes given the logjam of Australian quicks. 

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Australia on verge of big victory in second Test but how was this not out?

Technology saved West Indian batsman Darren Bravo but not everyone was convinced.

Chris Barrett A head-scratching DRS call denied Nathan Lyon a wicket late on Saturday as Australia put their foot down.

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Record-breaking Nathan Lyon eager to get at England's left-handers in Ashes

Nathan Lyon (centre) is congratulated by his Australia teammates after claiming the wicket of the West Indies' Darren Bravo on day two of the second Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

Chris Barrett Having surpassed Hugh Trumble's mark against the West Indies, Australia's most prolific off-spinner has others in his sights.

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Brad Haddin's bizarre 'groin grab' helps Australia take command of second Test

Brad Haddin of Australia takes a catch between his legs to dismiss Shai Hope.

Chris Barrett Usually a wicketkeeper will complete a catch with the ball landing in his gloves. Not this time.

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Steve Smith falls one run short of brilliant double ton in second Test

Milestone missed: Steve Smith walks off after being dismissed one short of his double century.

Chris Barrett Jason Gillespie remains the last Australian to reach 200 in a Test overseas after Smith's dismissal for 199 in Jamaica.

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Caribbean Premier League chief wants to own Australian Big Bash League team

Drawcard all around the cricketing world: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle.

Chris Barrett CPL boss believes cross-ownership could be beneficial to both Twenty20 competitions.

'I've had some pretty bad days': Chris Rogers reveals extent of concussion effects

Sidelined: Australian opener Chris Rogers with team doctor Peter Brukner.

Chris Barrett The veteran Australian opener was left with headaches and dizziness long after a blow to the head at training a fortnight ago.

Steve Smith living the dream as he continues to plunder runs with abandon

Sweet spot:  Steve Smith is keeping a level head.

Chris Barrett Steve Smith's standing has gone through the roof but as he showed with another Test century in the West Indies he remains intent on simply scoring runs.

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