Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

On knighthood: Why Sir Nick, Sir Tim and Sir Shane are more deserving than Sir Philip

Greg Baum Our Sir Prince Flipper, that Australian nonpareil, wasn't at Melbourne Park on Monday, nor Her Majesty, His Missus.

Sobering reality as Tomas Berdych shows Bernard Tomic just who’s boss at Australian Open

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Greg Baum Bernard Tomic did up his laces and then aced Tomas Berdych to win the first game of their fourth round match, and began to saunter towards his courtside seat, and the sell-out Margaret Court arena...

Hewitt is on Tomic's case

Bernard Tomic practises with kids at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

Greg Baum From the next practice court, the shrieks carried dully. It was for Novak Djokovic, who was signing balls and then throwing them into the crowd. The No.1 tennis player in the world was in session.

Rising without a trace at the Australian Open

Quiet progress: Agnieszka Radwanska shakes hands with Varvara Lepchenko after their third-round match on Saturday.

Greg Baum You might think it impossible to hide in the travelling circus that is a major tennis championship, but two eminent women are ghosting through the draw at Melbourne Park almost sight unseen.

Australian Open: Nick Kyrgios puts on a party

Nick Kyrgios waits to receive treatment for a nosebleed during his third-round match against Tunisia's Malek Jaziri on Friday.

Greg Baum In a perverse day at the Australian Open, Roger Federer went too soon, Nick Kyrgios played too quickly and it was left to one-time enfant terrible Bernard Tomic act as the straight man.

Aggression: a fig leaf for a jock strap

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Greg Baum In the first cricket match I ever played in England, a lowly affair on an obscure commons in the deep south of London decades ago, a tubby, bespectacled opponent bowled two enormously costly overs of...

Australian Open: For super-coaches, it's all in the timing

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Greg Baum Martina Navratilova, 18 times a major singles champion, is the latest in a growing list of former greats who are flocking back to the game as coaches, her protege being Agnieszka Radwanska.

Australian Open 2015: Sam Groth outmuscles Thanasi Kokkinakis

Sam Groth after defeating Thanasi Kokkinakis in five sets.

Greg Baum Ultimately, two factors proved inspiring, the contest itself, and the vision of contests to come.

Australian Open 2015: Stan Wawrinka now the man to beat

Stan Wawrinka serves during his match against Marsel Ilhan.

Greg Baum After 12 months of crossing unlikely new frontiers, including a major championship triumph, a maiden Davis Cup triumph for him and his country, and a brief moment of official ascendancy over friend...

James Sutherland tells David Warner to stop looking for trouble

Face to face: David Warner has words with India'?s Rohit Sharma in Sunday's one-day clash at the MCG.

Greg Baum Brilliant but volatile opening batsman David Warner has been told bluntly by Cricket Australia to stop looking for trouble.

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David Warner should restrict aggression to his batting

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Greg Baum Here's something in English for David Warner: shut up.

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You win some, you draw some

Trap: Nathan Lyon bowls to Bhuvneshwar Kumar as Australian fielders lie in wait.

Greg Baum If the impromptu purpose of this series was to honour Phillip Hughes, Australia and India put on a veritable cavalcade. Australia won 2-0, but the parts were grander than that bald sum.

Is this a catch I see before me?

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Greg Baum As Henry II did not ask, who will rid us of this turbulent beast? The beast is technology, and it raised its ugly head again on Friday.

Kohli rides the runaway train

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08:  Virat Kohli of India bats 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 Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Baum The SCG on Thursday was as the batsmen have been throughout this series, in the pink. Indian captain Virat Kohli _ as a matter of course _ and rookie KL Rahul compiled the 14th and 15th centuries of...

What? Oh! That's Watto

Shane Watson.

Greg Baum It goes like this: Shane Watson makes a few runs, but not as many as he looks like he should make, not as many as expected on average from someone occupying his place in the order, and not as many...

That's life: openers put Australia in the pink

David Warner takes a moment to glance heavenwards after reaching his century on day one of the SCG Test.

Greg Baum The SCG was pink-trimmed on account of the McGrath Foundation, which raises money for breast cancer research, and red-eyed in memory of Test cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died on this ground in a...

Australia v India: Line and pretence

Umpire David Shepherd comes between Steve Waugh and Brian Lara in 2003.

Greg Baum During the third Test, an Indian journalist asked Australian opener David Warner, politely, but with just a hint of exasperation: "What and where is this line you keep talking about?" It was and is a...

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Indian captain MS Dhoni retires from Test cricket

Out: India's captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Greg Baum Indian captain MS Dhoni has retired from Test cricket, with immediate effect.

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Limp declaration and what might have been is revealed

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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.

The hare, the tortoise... and the end game

David Warner falls lbw to Ravi Ashwin for 40 as Chris Rogers looks on from the other end.

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.