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

Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook says Mitchell Johnson's feats in Australia whitewash hard to repeat

Chris Barrett The Australian fast bowling figurehead destroyed England two summers ago and has his pace back but the challenge for him is to reproduce a performance like that, says the home captain.

Ashes 2015: Ian Healy hopes England series is not the end for Brad Haddin

Optimistic: Brad Haddin's attitude is more important right now than previous form, says Ian Healy.

Chris Barrett The wicketkeeping great worked with Australia's gloveman in Cardiff ahead of the first Test and believes he can still be a "scary proposition" for England despite a lean run with the bat.

Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke - You don't have to sledge to play tough cricket

Chris Barrett The Test captain has laid down a marker ahead of the resuming of hostilities with England, declaring that Australia did not need to sledge "to play tough cricket" and saying the use of controversial...

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Ashes 2015: Shane Watson has edge, Peter Siddle back in contention for first Test

Shane Watson is likely to edge out Mitch Marsh for the first Test.

Chris Barrett The senior all-rounder's bowling looks to have him in front of Mitchell Marsh for the first Test while the Victorian quick is forcing selectors into another tough choice..

Ashes 2015: Prince Charles probes Australian cricketers about Mitchell Johnson

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Chris Barrett Unable to combat Mitchell Johnson in that stunning summer 18 months ago, the old enemy have sent in one of their big hitters.

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Ashes 2015: Nathan Lyon brushes off tour game mauling by batsmen with 'no consequences'

Nathan Lyon of Australia bowls during day two of the tour match between Essex and Australia.

Chris Barrett The Australian spinner was hit around the park in Essex last week but is confident it will be a different story in the first Test starting on Wednesday.

Ashes 2015: 'I'm done then, am I?' Adam Voges thought his Australian career was over

Classy debut: The years of graft must seem all worth it now for Adam Voges.

Chris Barrett A conversation with Darren Lehmann 18 months ago ended the West Australian's World Cup dreams. But Lehmann left the door ajar and Voges has burst right through it.

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Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris put body through hell before it finally caught up with him

Bowed to the inevitable:  Ryan Harris saw no way back from injury.

Chris Barrett Gavin Harris always knew that his brother Ryan worked hard to get to the top. It wasn't until he witnessed one of his training sessions at the National Cricket Centre this year that it dawned on him...

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Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris says he could not put himself through another long rehab

CHELMSFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 04:  Ryan Harris of Australia leaves the ground after announcing his retirement from cricket after day four of the tour match between Essex and Australia at The Essex County Ground on July 4, 2015 in Chelmsford, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett A crack in Ryan Harris's tibia brought a premature end to the Australian fast bowler's career on the eve of the Ashes series, with the 35-year-old determining he could not put himself through...

Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris leaves legacy for Australia far greater than his 27 Tests

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Chris Barrett As is the case with retirements in all walks of life, from politics to showbiz to sport, the greatest indicator of Ryan Harris's standing in the game came with how his exit was received.

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David Warner: I tried baseball but I won't be doing a Jarryd Hayne

Australia's David Warner during nets.

Chris Barrett David Warner flirted with the idea of a career in baseball but says he could never follow the path taken by rugby league star Jarryd Hayne and start from scratch after working so hard to reach the...

Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris retires, Pat Cummins into squad

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Chris Barrett Ryan Harris has drawn a sudden curtain on his career after scans on an injured knee ruled him out of the Ashes series.

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Ashes 2015: Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell bagged me about my technique, says Steve Smith

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Australia's Steve Smith during nets
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Chris Barrett Steve Smith has revealed how Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell chipped him about his technique and his place in the Australian side two years ago but says now: "they might view me a little bit...

Ashes 2015: Ryan Harris has more scans as Essex take it to Australian batsmen

Tour in doubt: Ryan Harris needs more scans on his sore knee.

Chris Barrett As the Australians awaited news about the state of Ryan Harris's knee their batsmen endured a challenging afternoon against Essex.

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James Faulkner charged with drink-driving in UK after recording reading three times legal limit

'I can't excuse my actions' ... James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving in the UK. The 25-year-old allrounder has been playing for English club Lancashire.

Chris Barrett James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving, having returned a reading of almost three times the UK's legal limit.

Ashes 2015: Joe Root and I – David Warner revisits Walkabout incident

No booze: David Warner has a point to prove ahead of the Ashes series in England.

Chris Barrett The "pantomime villain" of the last Ashes tour of England opens up for the first time on that night at the Walkabout, being sent to Africa, and, as Australia head to Cardiff for the first Test, how...

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Johnson thunderbolt leaves Shaun Marsh with split fingernail

Australian cricket player Shaun Marsh takes questions during a press conference at an hotel in London, Monday, June 22, 2015. The Australia cricket team have arrived in Britain to play several warm up tour matches ahead of contesting the Ashes test cricket series with England. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Chris Barrett The Australian left-armer gave England another sign of what they can expect next week with some friendly fire on Friday.

Ashes 2015: Peter Siddle plugs away as Jeff Thomson calls his selection 'a backward step'

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Chris Barrett Sometimes Peter Siddle must feel like checking his passport, just to see that he's got his date of birth right.

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Ashes 2015: David Warner goes into bat for banter: 'It's not sledging, it's entertainment'

Chris Barrett The Australian opener believes fans will be the losers if too much combativeness is taken out of the sport via an ICC crackdown on player behaviour.

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Ashes 2015: Steve Smith 'up to it' as Test No.3 in England, says Trevor Bayliss

Chris Barrett Stuart Broad believes the world's top-ranked batsman is a potential weak link for Australia but England's new head coach was glowing in his praise of his former charge.

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