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Chris Barrett

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

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Stuart Broad denies he had fans ejected over walking taunts

Chris Barrett England fast bowler Stuart Broad has angrily denied that he asked two spectators to be ejected from the members bar at the SCG last Friday after he was heckled on the way back into the visitors'...

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Australia's fielding coach Mike Young comes out of left-field

Mike Young.

Chris Barrett Baseball player, coach and hunter Mike Young dropped his gun and answered the call of Australia's cricket team.

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Ed Cowan backs George Bailey as Ashes debut looms

George Bailey of the Tigers bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match.

Andrew Wu, Chris Barrett There's one innings lingering in Ed Cowan's mind that tells him his Tasmanian teammate is Test material.

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Ashes 2013: Chris Tremlett stands out as England's choice to help put Australia on back foot in first Test

Chris Tremlett.

Chris Barrett England have decided who will fill their contentious third seamer's spot in this week's first Test. While they're not saying who, it appears Chris Tremlett will get the nod at the Gabba.

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Ashes 2013: Fielding guru brought back from wilderness for Australia

Mike Young.

Chris Barrett Down on the Mississippi River, on the eastern border of Iowa, they don't follow the time-honoured Anglo-Australian cricket rivalry too closely.

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Ashes: George Bailey taps Australia's forgotten first drop

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06:  George Bailey of the Tigers looks on during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between the Queensland Bulls and the Tasmania Tigers at Allan Border Field on November 6, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett George Bailey has used the lead-up to his first Test to pick the brain of last year's Gabba debutant Rob Quiney about how to handle the occasion.

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Ashes 2013: Steve Smith admits Australia will try to belt Graeme Swann out of the attack

Steve Smith

Chris Barrett Steve Smith has confirmed he intends to go after Graeme Swann in the first Ashes Test starting on Thursday, making little secret Australia believe they can expose a significant chink in the tourists'...

Trent Copeland stars as NSW Blues register Sheffield Shield win over Queensland

Trent Copeland

Chris Barrett He might have drifted down the pecking order of Australian quicks in the past two years but former Test seamer Trent Copeland has offered a firm and timely reminder of his value with a...

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Steve Smith says Australia's batsmen will target Graeme Swann

Steven Smith

Chris Barrett Steve Smith has confirmed that he intends to go after Graeme Swann in the first Ashes Test.

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England takes early hit for Ashes cricket series

England Ashes Test cricketer Ian Bell.

Chris Barrett The first ball of the Ashes series is still five days away but already Australia and England are at odds behind the scenes.

Ashes preparation: hosts turn down several requests from England cricket team

Alastair Cook.

Chris Barrett The first ball of the Ashes series is still five days away but already Australia and England are at odds behind the scenes with the visitors having a series of demands rejected in Brisbane before the...

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Michael Clarke predicts huge take-off for Shane Watson's Test career

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke says it is up to Shane Watson how hard he pushes himself in his attempt to return to bowling during the Ashes but believes he is ready to stamp himself as ''one of the best batters in...

Shane Watson may not chance his arm before first Test

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett Australia will get an indication of where Shane Watson's fitness is at on Friday when he trains in Brisbane, but the all-rounder has admitted he does not want to risk injury again by returning to...

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THE TONK

Mitchell Johnson turns to war hero for help toughening up

The Tonk

Andrew Wu, Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau Australian war hero Ben Roberts-Smith has emerged as a key man behind Mitchell Johnson’s rise from the international wilderness.

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Ashes 2013: Australia considers all-pace attack for first Test

Peter Siddle.

Chris Barrett Australia is seriously considering fielding four fast bowlers in first Test against England if all-rounder Shane Watson is deemed unfit to bowl.

Australia captain Michael Clarke practises against bouncers for Ashes series against England

Chris Barrett Targeted with the short ball by England, Michael Clarke has begun a behind-the-scenes mission to ready himself for an onslaught from Stuart Broad and his teammates this summer.

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Ashes 2013: Clarke ready to face the chin music

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Australian captain Michael Clarke has begun a behind-the-scenes mission to ready himself for the onslaught he expects from England this summer.

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George Bailey knows Ashes runs matter most

George Bailey.

Chris Barrett Mature-age Test debutant George Bailey is banking on more than his nice-guy image in the Ashes.

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George Bailey relishes his Ashes Test call-up for Australia

George Bailey

Chris Barrett He is intelligent, articulate and the ultimate team man, but mature-age Test debutant George Bailey is banking on more than his nice-guy image in the Ashes.

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Brad Haddin puts Ashes win at top of his cricket bucket list

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 12:  Brad Haddin speaks to media during the Australia Test Squad Announcement  at the National Cricket Centre on November 12, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Brad Haddin knows the pain of Ashes defeat and admits it hurts like no other. ''It does,'' he said. ''You can't hide behind that.''

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