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Chris Barrett

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

Southern Stars duo Erin Osborne and Ellyse Perry still hopeful of proposed tournament pay day

Chris Barrett Leading Australians Erin Osborne and Ellyse Perry hope a proposed tournament in which top female cricketers could earn up to $40,000 over 12 days isn't dead in the water, saying it could make a...

England players hate David Warner but I quite like him, says Kevin Pietersen

I quite liked the bloke: Kevin Pietersen, right, with David Warner

Chris Barrett Kevin Pietersen says Australia's David Warner is hated by England players but admits he likes the Test opener.

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'He's like one of my kids': Michael Maguire tells why he gave his premiership ring to Issac Luke

One big happy family: Issac Luke celebrates the grand final win, for which the hooker was suspended, with the Rabbitohs faithful.

Chris Barrett South Sydney coach Michael Maguire says he decided he would give his premiership ring to Issac Luke the moment the hooker lost his judiciary appeal last week, describing the suspended hooker as "like...

Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood on verge of Test inclusion

Ready for the big time: Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.

Chris Barrett If cricketers were permitted to bet, the smart money would be on a towering fast bowler from Tamworth to finally arrive in the big smoke of Test cricket this summer.

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Australia's Steve O'Keefe says spinners who bowl with bent arms deserve to be banned

Having a ball: Steve O’Keefe, left, with NSW teammates Josh Hazlewood and Peter Nevill.

Chris Barrett Australia's newest Test spinner, Steve O'Keefe, admits he feels little sympathy for suspended Pakistani counterpart Saeed Ajmal, welcoming the International Cricket Council's crackdown on chuckers he...

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Shane Watson faces fight to regain Test place, says Michael Clarke

Facing a fitness race of his own: Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke says the injured Shane Watson will face "stiff competition" to regain his place in the Australian XI for this summer's home Test series against India, as a debut looms for Mitchell...

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Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh to join list of Bradman Honourees

Sachin Tendulkar ended up with an average of 157 at the SCG.

Chris Barrett He won't be here with the touring Indian team this summer but Sachin Tendulkar will be back at the SCG next month.

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David Moore steps up to the crease as NSW cricket's coaching supremo

Chris Barrett The NSW under-19s team of 1983-84 was, through the eyes of history, something special. Steve and Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor, Brad McNamara and Gavin Robertson were all members of the young Blues that...

Chris Cairns to be charged with perjury by London police

Chris Cairns has vowed to clear his name.

Chris Barrett, Sarah Harvey Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns will be charged with perjury by London's Metropolitan Police in a dramatic climax to the game's latest match-fixing investigation.

Pat Cummins back from injury, now for a return to national colours

Chris Barrett Back in national colours for the first time in nearly two years, Pat Cummins could emerge as a key figure for Australia in the World Cup next February, according to the speedster's state coach Trevor...

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Aaron Finch takes over from George Bailey as Australia's Twenty20 captain

Aaron Finch

Chris Barrett Aaron Finch has been named as Australia's new Twenty20 captain, taking over from George Bailey who stepped down from the post in an effort to play more first-class cricket.

Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell called in to Test squad

Got his big break: Steve O'Keefe.

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu Perennially overlooked, Steve O'Keefe will finally get the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level after being selected in Australia's touring party to the United Arab Emirates next month...

Former prime minister John Howard takes role with Cricket NSW

Bowling them over: John Howard in Pakistan in 2005.

Chris Barrett John Howard, former prime minister and unabashed cricket tragic, has been lured into a formal role with the sport four years after Cricket Australia's bid for him to take the ICC vice-presidency bit...

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The cap doesn't fit for Parramatta

Chris Barrett Parramatta are shelling out more than $750,000 this season to players that are no longer at the club, contributing to a salary cap nightmare they admit leaves their hands tied attracting big-name...

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Athletics

Brandon Starc has high hopes of sporting glory in Glasgow

Flying high: Brandon Starc, the brother of Australian cricketer Mitchell, is hoping to win a medal in Glasgow.

Chris Barrett Having stood anxiously at the top of his mark, readying to open the bowling in an Ashes series in England, Mitchell Starc knows all about the high-stakes tension of international competition.

Cricket

Geoff Lawson applauds Sheffield Shield's move back to the bush

Chris Barrett Former Test bowler Geoff Lawson has hailed the decision to take NSW Sheffield Shield games to his home town of Wagga Wagga this summer but says Cricket Australia does not do enough to promote the...

Cricket

Jacques Kallis to be joined by mentor at Sydney Thunder for Big Bash

Mentor: Paddy Upton during his time with the Indian cricket team in 2008.

Chris Barrett The man who helped rejuvenate the career of a grief-stricken Jacques Kallis is to join him at the Sydney Thunder this season as the Big Bash League franchise's new head coach.

Sports funding

Sailing the big winner in new funding allocation

Tom Slingsby in action during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Chris Barrett They were the country's pride and joy at the London Olympics and Australia's sailors have cashed in on their success, emerging as the big winners in the allocation of nearly $120 million of federal...

Cricket

Sydney Cricket Ground poaches traditional Australia Day one-dayer from Adelaide Oval

Australia's one-day team celebrates winning the one-day international series against England at the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day earlier this year.

Chris Barrett Sydney has pinched the rights for Australia Day cricket this summer from Adelaide, with Michael Clarke's team to host India in a one-day international at the redeveloped SCG on the January public...

Cricket

Jacques Kallis to play with Sydney Thunder in BBL

Thunder signing: Jacques Kallis will play in the Big Bash League next season.

Chris Barrett Sydney Thunder have landed a huge coup by signing one of cricket's greatest all-rounders Jacques Kallis for the next two seasons of the Twenty20 Big Bash League.