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Chris Barrett

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

'Disappointing' fielding proves costly for Australia, says coach Darren Lehmann

Chris Barrett Australian coach Darren Lehmann lamented his team's scratchy fielding after the draw against India in Melbourne and he has been left disappointed again after a series of dropped catches and missed...

Virat Kohli scores fourth century of series but Shane Watson tips balance back in Australia's favour

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08:  Shane Watson of Australia celebrates with team mates after claiming the wicket of Suresh Raina of India during day three of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Shane Watson is the country’s most scrutinised cricketer, but he has delivered a timely reminder of his value to Australia as an all-rounder after a double breakthrough late on the third day of...

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Australian captain Steve Smith says it is still Michael Clarke's team

Another ton: Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century during day two of the Fourth Test against India

Chris Barrett As a batsman he has had the most successful start to the Australian captaincy in history but Steve Smith insists he is ready to hand the job back to Michael Clarke if and when the team's full-time...

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Mitchell Starc responds to Shane Warne 'soft' criticism with fiery send-off on return to Test team

Mirchell Starc

Chris Barrett Murali Vijay may has well have been wearing a Shane Warne mask at the SCG on Wednesday. With fist pumped and mouth wide he let the vanquished Indian opener know just how pleased he was to strike only...

Confusion over Sunil Gavaskar's invitation to present trophy at end of series named after him

Late to the party: Sunil Gavaskar claims Cricket Australia were tardy in extending an invitation to him

Chloe Saltau and Chris Barrett Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border will present the trophy with their names on it when the fourth Test finishes at the SCG, but a confusing sequence of events saw the former Indian captain and...

The Tonk: Michael Clarke takes Hughes' 408 number for the duration

The Tonk dinkus

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu Michael Clarke will wear Phillip Hughes's Test number on his playing shirt for the rest of his Test career in memory of his fallen mate.

Virat Kohli silenced as India's new captain turns funky in the field

Virat Kohli

Chris Barrett For once, Virat Kohli didn’t direct vent his inner rage towards the Australians. He was too busy pointing the finger in the direction of his teammates.

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Michael Clarke cleared to return in World Cup without match practice

World Cup here I come: Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke has been given the green light by selectors to make his return from injury in the World Cup without a practice match under his belt, despite a torrid run with hamstring injuries that...

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MCG declaration made with emotions of Sydney Test in mind, says Smith

Phillip Hughes.

Chris Barrett Steve Smith has revealed that his much-talked about declaration in Melbourne last week was made with the emotions of the fourth Test in mind, believing it was better to have the series wrapped up so...

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Mitchell Starc replaces Mitchell Johnson for SCG Test

In the team: Mitchell Starc will play against India in the fourth Test at the SCG.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Starc has been called into the Australian team to replace the injured Mitchell Johnson for the fourth Test against India starting on Tuesday.

Josh Hazlewood in doubt for fourth Test against India with fatigue

In doubt: Josh Hazlewood may miss the fourth Test against India in Sydney.

Chris Barrett Australia may be forced into another change for Tuesday's fourth leg of the series against India at the SCG with fast bowler Josh Hazlewood facing a struggle to back up from the Brisbane and...

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Australia v India, fourth Test: David Warner makes unlikely call for peace at the SCG

Blessed the peacemaker: Australian opening batsman David Warner

Chris Barrett Australia's David Warner has emerged as the most unlikely of peacemakers, calling for calm in the finale to what has been an increasingly volatile Test series against India.

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Australia v India, fourth Test: Mitchell Starc set to replace injured Mitchell Johnson in Sydney

Steve Smith talks to Mitchell Starc as the left-arm paceman walks back to his bowling mark.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Starc is set to be given a chance to prove the doubters - and knocker-in-chief Shane Warne - wrong on his home track by stepping back into the Australian side only a fortnight after he was...

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Shane Watson leaves Australian training with illness ahead of fourth Test against India

Queasy rider: Shane Watson was  out of sorts.

Chris Barrett A stomach bug has interrupted Shane Watson’s lead-in to the fourth Test, prompting him to leave training on Sunday without facing a ball.

David Warner says thoughts of Phillip Hughes will never be far away in emotional Sydney Test

Chris Barrett The wicket being rolled for the Sydney Test is called, in groundsman speak, pitch six. Just to the left, looking from the Noble, Bradman and Messenger stands, is pitch five, the strip that has been...

SCG return will test witnesses to Phillip Hughes tragedy

Tough times ahead: Shane Watson in the SCG nets on Saturday.

Chris Barrett Australia’s players who were on the SCG pitch on the day Phillip Hughes was felled are bracing for visions of the horrific incident to come flooding back when the fourth Test of the...

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Mitchell Johnson ruled out, Shane Watson leaves training with illness

Mitchell Johnson.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of the fourth Test against India at the SCG with hamstring soreness.

Mitchell Johnson wants shorter spells to fuel need for speed

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson says he will ask Australian coach Darren Lehmann and captain Steve Smith about returning to bowling shorter spells in Sydney an effort to reproduce the consistent pace that helped...

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Mitchell Johnson expects more aggressive India under new captain Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli falls to the ground after being hit by a throw from Mitchell Johnson during the Boxing Day Test.

Chris Barrett When a young Virat Kohli flashed his middle finger towards the crowd during India's last visit to the SCG three years ago it should have been a sign of things to come.

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Channel Nine says criticism of Michael Clarke commentating on teammates is 'petty'

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Cricket Australia are relaxed about Michael Clarke joining the Channel Nine team amid questions over whether he should be commentating on players while he remains Australian captain and the...

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