Greg Baum

Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

The best game in the world, ba' none

Greg Baum Accompanied by a throaty roar, the ball goes up and the game begins. Immediately, the ball disappears into vast crush, and is not seen again for some time.

Cricket

Stars in their own right

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Greg Baum Meg Lanning's hero was Ricky Ponting. Her effortless straight drive for six en route to top score in the World Twenty20 final in Bangladesh on Sunday would have done Ponting proud.

Jack Clancy of the overflowing

Greg Baum Jack Clancy was large in life, and larger than it.

Cricket

Cake ritual sweetens delicious lulls

Greg Baum Australia this summer has had the rare pleasure to travel hopefully and to arrive companionably in a rapturous place.

Cricket

South African series showed how cricket gets tangled in its own red tape

Greg Baum Australians seem not to have grasped how much their nasally catcalling grates.

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Cricket

Old solution brings a new-found strength

Greg Baum What began as an exercise in benchmarking has become another triumph in its own right.

Cricket

Immovable Graeme Smith finally blocked out

Greg Baum Of Graeme Smith, this can be said more accurately than of any other contemporary cricketer: he took block.

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Warner's honesty deserves respect

Greg Baum If anything is disrespectful in cricket, it is the reconfiguring of the concept of respect.

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Baseball

Zack Greinke doesn't care for Australia, and why should he?

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke.

Greg Baum To the many zeroes on his pay cheque and his scorecards, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke added another this week.

Winter Olympics

Snow chance of golden handshake

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Greg Baum Win or lose, fun or (momentarily) not, with any luck our future champions will still love their sport.

Winter Olympics

40 lashes for traitorous tweet-ski

Greg Baum This is another parable of the pompousness and hypocrisy of the Olympic movement.

Drugs in Sport

Dietitians warn young athletes of supplement dangers

Generic drugs in sport

Greg Baum Supplements ''inappropriate and unnecessary'' for adolescent athletes, symposium in Canberra will hear.

Winter Olympics

Sochi Games on the slippery slope

Portent of things to come? Fog descends over the Olympic rings at Sochi.

Greg Baum Before a watching world, the Sochi Olympics are melting away.

Cricket

South African cricket has that empty feeling

Crowds flock to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, but it's a different story for Test cricket in South Africa.

Greg Baum There is no Test cricket sound at once so rousing and so depressing as the echo of bat on ball.

Cricket

It doesn't take much to go over the top

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Greg Baum Sixes have become so commonplace that the hoisting of one no longer is a self-contained event in any cricket match.

AFL

We awaited the storm, but all we got were grey areas

Greg Baum It was, memorably if not officially, the ''blackest day in Australian sport''.

Tennis

Wawrinka upsets Nadal to win first grand slam

Nadal

Greg Baum Unfancied Swiss wins Australian Open men's singles title with a dramatic upset victory over wounded world No.1.

Tennis

Third time lucky for Li Na

Li Na

Greg Baum Chinese trailblazer has form as a shaky closer, but this time was out of sight of her opponent.

Cricket

Haunting future just not cricket

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Greg Baum The year is 2025 and the barely twitching body of Test cricket is proving a wonderful host organism for T20.

Tennis

Golden pair serves up another timeless exhibition

Rafael Nadal.

Greg Baum The plink of Federer's racquet told of exquisite timing, the crump from Nadal's told of furious top-spin. Initially, they were mutually neutralised.

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