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

Ashes 2015: Brad Haddin expected to miss Lord's Test due to personal reasons

Chris Barrett Brad Haddin did not train at Lord's on Tuesday and was not expected to play for Australia when the second Ashes Test begins on Thursday due to personal reasons.

James Faulkner to miss one-day series in England due to drink-driving suspension

Sanctioned: James Faulkner will miss the one-day series in England.

Chris Barrett World Cup hero James Faulkner will sit out the limited-overs component of Australia's tour of Australia after being suspended for four matches by Cricket Australia due to a drink-driving offence this...

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Ashes 2015: Peter Siddle hopes for call-up as Australia sweat on Mitchell Starc

Ready to go: Peter Siddle at a training session in Cardiff.

Chris Barrett The Victorian quick would be playing his third Ashes Test at Lord's if he is recalled to the Australian side for the second Test starting on Thursday.

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Ashes 2015: We're not going to panic, says Darren Lehmann as Shane Watson call looms

Under pressure: Shane Watson is trying to focus on the future.

Chris Barrett The Australian coach insists the sideshow around Shane Watson's lbw curse and his future in the team have not been a distraction ahead of the second Test.

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Johnson intent on creating new Lord's memories in second Test

Scratching his head: Mitchell Johnson returned figures of 2-180 in the first Test.

Chris Barrett The Australian quick's bowling infamously went off the rails at the Home of Cricket in 2009. In his Ashes return there his team are banking on him firing as they seek to square the series.

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Ashes 2015: I'm still going to go after Moeen Ali, declares Australia's Steve Smith

CARDIFF, WALES - JULY 11:  Steve Smith of Australia looks dejected after being dismissed by Stuart Broad of England during day four of the 1st Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at SWALEC Stadium on July 11, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Officially displaced as the world's top-ranked batsman after the first Test Steve Smith says he won't be retreating from his plan to try and hit England spinner Moeen Ali out of the attack at Lord's...

Ashes 2015: Darren Lehmann: Loss a 'minor hiccup' and we'll keep attacking Moeen Ali

Chris Barrett The Australian coach won't be reining in his batsmen despite some poor performances and careless strokes in the first Test defeat to England.

Ashes 2015: Now for the good news: Mitchell Starc ankle on mend ahead of Lord's

Grimace: Mitchell Starc was troubled by an ankle injury throughout the first Test.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Starc will have to be "100 per cent fit" to be included in Australia's second Test side, says Darren Lehmann.

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Ashes 2015: Drums beating for Mitchell Marsh to replace Shane Watson at Lord's

Shane Watson begins the long walk back after being dismissed by Mark Wood.

Chris Barrett The all-rounder's lbw curse continues in England and after a heavy Australian defeat in the first Test selectors must determine how much longer they can deny giving a chance to the rising West...

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Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke says Australia must use defeat as 'kick up the backside'

Australia captain Michael Clarke departs cheaply on the fourth day.

Chris Barrett MIchael Clarke believes the loss to England in the first Ashes Test was a much-needed "kick up the backside".

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Ashes 2015: England wins first Test as Australia collapse

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke's team have four soul-searching days ahead after being thoroughly outplayed in the first Test in Cardiff.

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Ashes 2015: Nathan Lyon says Australia did not underestimate England ahead of series

Chris Barrett A thrilling contest now looks on the cards over the next five weeks, with Michael Clarke's team facing a serious challenge to lift the replica urn.

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Ashes 2015: Australia confront pace crisis as Mitchell Starc battles ankle injury

Australia's Mitchell Starc.

Chris Barrett Peter Siddle is being readied to step into an injured Mitchell Starc's shoes at Lord's this week and would do so with Australia desperately needing an old hand to fill the gap vacated by the retired...

Ashes 2015: Australia staring at defeat and facing loss of Mitchell Starc with injury

Australia bowler Mitchell Starc reacts in his follow through during day three of the test.

Chris Barrett Not only do Michael Clarke's team need an Ashes record 412 runs to win in Cardiff, an ankle injury to Mitchell Starc is threatening to sideline him from the second Test at Lord's.

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Ashes 2015: Shane Watson falls lbw yet again as Australians all out for 308

CARDIFF, WALES - JULY 10:  Shane Watson of Australia leaves the field after being dismissed by Stuart Broad of England during day three of the 1st Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at SWALEC Stadium on July 10, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Watson's lbw sparks lower-order collapse as Australia all out for 308.

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Ashes 2015: England seize ascendancy as Australian opener Chris Rogers denied ton

Australia batsman Chris Rogers

Chris Barrett England applied the pressure on the Australians on the second day of an absorbing first Test, leaving Shane Watson with the job of steering the tourists back into the match.

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Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook in agony after nasty blow to groin fielding at slip

England captain Alastair Cook is consoled by vice-captain Joe Root after being struck in the groin by the ball.

Chris Barrett England had no complaints about a low and slow pitch after Mitchell Johnson was rendered a mere mortal in the first Ashes Test, but the wicket has come back to bite their captain Alastair Cook...

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Johnson resumes bond with English crowds after unwanted ton

Mitchell Johnson of Australia salutes the crowd after reaching his century of runs conceded.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson has a long and storied relationship with crowds in this corner of the world and their special bond has shown no signs of cooling in this Ashes series.

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Ashes 2015: Joe Root says England are not writing off Mitchell Johnson just yet

Top innings: England's Joe Root.

Chris Barrett Johnson didn't have the same impact as he did in Australia on day one, but England know the best is still to come.

Ashes 2015: England's Joe Root makes Australia pay, Mitchell Starc hurts ankle

England's Joe Root on his way to a century at Cardiff after being dropped early by Brad Haddin.

Chris Barrett Two late wickets by Mitchell Starc has the first Test evenly poised after day one but Australia were left to rue putting down England's century-maker before he had scored.

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