Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cricket World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, bumper crowd reintroduce India

Greg Baum One effect of this hyperextended World Cup is that even good teams disappear from consciousness, sometimes for weeks at a time.

Antidote to amnesia: why the World Cup matters

Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist pose with the 2007 World Cup trophy at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Greg Baum Cricket lovers lucky enough to be of a certain age have in their minds a black-and-white highlights reel from the first World Cup final at Lord's in 1975.

Cricket World Cup: Dot, dash, dot saves us from the run monsters

Ravichandran Ashwin (right) celebrates a dismissal with Ajinkya Rahane.

Greg Baum As an orange sun set behind the Adelaide Oval on Sunday evening, off-spinner R. Ashwin came into the Indian attack and bowled a dot ball, prompting a cheer from the pro-Indian crowd.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: India's bowlers go back to the future

M.S. Dhoni thinks opening the batting in the first innings of a one-dayer is now more difficult.

Greg Baum Four games in, and already the likely themes of this World Cup are asserting themselves.

Cricket World Cup: Kohli-wood has them jumping in A-delhi

Flying high: Indian fans wave flags at the Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval.

Greg Baum This was the day the city of churches became the city of chacha and achha.

Cricket World Cup: Finch, Maxwell stoke the home fireworks

Aaron Finch slashes a boundary at the MCG. He was run out for 135.

Greg Baum The Great Southern Stand was newly inaugurated when the last World Cup game was played at the MCG, and in Australia.

Australian Open: History repeats as Novak Djokovic again gets better of Andy Murray

Serbia's Novak Djokovic throws his racquet into the crowd as he celebrates after his victory.

Greg Baum In sport, history does repeat, frequently. That's the point of it, if you're good enough.

Australian Open: A sour start, then Serena makes it sweet 16

Serena Williams does a little dance on court after winning the women's singles title on Saturday.

Greg Baum It took only the first point of this final to demolish the fanciful idea that this was a showdown between implacable foes, impossible to separate.

Australian Open 2015: Andy Murray kicks down the wall against Tomas Berdych

Murray points to his coach Amelie Mauresmo after defeating Tomas Berdych in the first men's semi-final.

Greg Baum Let us get a feel for the thickness of the wall Andy Murray was up against.

Australian Open 2015: Return of serve - Stan Wawrinka gets Kei Nishikori back

HARD LUCK MATE: Stan Wawrinka, left, consoles Kei Nishikori after their match in Melbourne.

Greg Baum As the almost Praetorian guard slowly begins to change in men's tennis, Stan Wawrinka versus Kei Nishikori is an incipient rivalry for the new era.

Australian Open: The Grim Reaper gets his man, as always

Elvis has left the stadium: Nick Kyrgios bids farewell to his fans at the Australian Open 2015.

Greg Baum Nick Kyrgios started playing this match long before it began. When hitting up in the afternoon, he was visibly and audibly more animated than in previous practice sessions.

Australian Open 2015: Nick Kyrgios wakes to live a dream

Nick Kyrgios signs autographs after his practice session on Monday.

Greg Baum After a short hit-up, Nick Kyrgios waved to the six-deep crowd entreating him for autographs from one side of the practice court, also peering over a hoarding from an adjacent court, and made to...

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

Sir Nick Kyrgios?

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

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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.