Greg Baum Here is what didn't happen at the MCG on Tuesday. Shaun Marsh didn't make a century, falling half a length short.
Greg Baum All sports have their odd couples, but cricket’s — Chris Rogers and David Warner — are nearly 10 years apart. Warner makes headlines, Rogers mostly footnotes.
Greg Baum India's run-making nearly all through this day was as smooth and delicious as ice-cream from a Mr Whippy van, and with a twirl on the end of each new scoop, too.
Greg Baum The metamorphosis of Steve Smith continues apace.
Greg Baum In the first over of the Boxing Day Test, Chris Rogers was struck an eye-watering blow. In the second over, so was Australia as David Warner was snapped up slips for a duck.
Greg Baum To borrow inelegantly from football idiom, sometimes it feels as if Australia and India have swapped sweaters.
Greg Baum Not only do the numbers not lie, they act as a self-fulfilling prophecy. This was Australia's 10th win in a row at home, and their 14th in the last 17, with only one defeat.
Greg Baum India dared to play Australia at its own game, and lost. It is an aggressive, aggravated game, teetering on the brink of unseemly, but stimulating to all the senses, too.
Greg Baum In the Gabba greenhouse, this Test match is incubating rapidly. A faster, bouncier pitch than in Adelaide has made both sides more excitable in all disciplines.
Greg Baum A cricket ball hurtling towards you at high speed on a steeply rising trajectory is bound to stimulate the instinct for self-preservation, now more than ever.
Greg Baum The first Test was weighed down by the passing of Phillip Hughes and lifted up by cricketers of his generation and disposition.
Greg Baum Watching from near and far as Indian captain Virat Kohli almost took the first Test away from Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday, lamed counterpart Michael Clarke was put in the mind of the...
Greg Baum Michael Clarke’s hamstring, Nathan Lyon’s sangfroid and Australia’s heart were all strained to breaking point until, in the long shadows, the Test team clinched victory over India...
Greg Baum The kid gloves came off. They had to, of course, as surely as there had to be a first bouncer, and a first instance of a batsman being hit by one.
Greg Baum This is how out of whack the cricket world remains: when Mitch Johnson's first delivery to locum Indian captain Virat Kohli hit him flush on the crest on his helmet, the bowler was more obviously...
Greg Baum Only an exceptional player like Clarke can appear to invert cricket's dynamics like he did.
Greg Baum The progress of the first day of the slow return to cricket normality in Australia can be charted as a series of skyward glances.
Greg Baum If the day Phillip Hughes died was one of the grimmest in Australian cricket, and the day of his funeral one of the most sombre, the return of the players to the game at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday...
Greg Baum Ken Barrington was everything to England: Test batsman with an average of 58, selector, manager, unofficial coach in a time before coaches, confidant and mentor.
Greg Baum So, Australian captain Brad Haddin wins the toss and puts India in to bat on a green pitch at the Gabba next Thursday, and Mitch Johnson is at the top of his run-up, the new ball's lacquer glinting...