Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Indian bowlers blown to Smithereens

Greg Baum The metamorphosis of Steve Smith continues apace.

Boxing Day another ripping yarn

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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.

Cricket: the numbers game, where things don't add up

Australian skipper Steve Smith takes aim at a ball in the nets on Thursday.

Greg Baum To borrow inelegantly from football idiom, sometimes it feels as if Australia and India have swapped sweaters.

India beaten before they begin

Sweet success: Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson celebrate Australia's win.

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.

Johnson shows the Australian way

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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.

Attacking play means ball and batsmen cop a beating in second Test

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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.

India take a bat to Gabba curse

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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.

Player freshness and energy could make Brisbane Test come alight

Greg Baum The first Test was weighed down by the passing of Phillip Hughes and lifted up by cricketers of his generation and disposition.

Virat Kohli nearly steals the show with second dashing century of the match

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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...

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Australia apply the balm after long day of drama

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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...

Off with the kid gloves as heat turns up

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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.

Cricket's new school of hard knocks

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 11:  Virat Kohli (R) of India celebrates his century with Karn Sharma during day three of the First Test match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on December 11, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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...

Michael Clarke - a man of mystery and riddle in equal parts

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Greg Baum Only an exceptional player like Clarke can appear to invert cricket's dynamics like he did.

At last, things are looking up

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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.

Adelaide Oval atmosphere will be different on and off the pitch

The number 408, the Test cap number of the late Phillip Hughes, was painted on the Adelaide Oval outfield on Monday.

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...

There's got to be a mourning after ... Phillip Hughes' death puts scheduling in perspective

Dead at 25: Phillip Hughes.

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.

Timely Test in a testing time

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 30:  Mitchell Johnson of Australia reacts while bowling during Day One of the Second Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on October 30, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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...

RIP Phillip Hughes: Cricket's saddest day

Gone too soon: Phillip Hughes.

Greg Baum RIP Phillip Hughes. Those have to be the saddest words ever written in the name of cricket. This has to be cricket's saddest day.

Phil Hughes' injury brings fear to the surface

Ready: Mitch Johnson puts fear into batsmen.

Greg Baum In Barbados in 1981, supremely obstinate English opener Geoff Boycott faced, without flinching, reputedly the fastest over ever bowled, delivered by Michael Holding, nicknamed Whispering Death.

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Phil Hughes: A unique talent, a freak accident

Phil Hughes.

Greg Baum Phil Hughes already was a star-crossed cricketer. From a banana farm in northern NSW, he came to big-time cricket with a technique as rustic as his back story, but a knack of making runs.

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