Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

The Ashes 2015: Mitchell Marsh steps up to fill the all-rounder role

Greg Baum Mitchell Marsh did what an all-rounder should as Australia continued their inevitable march to dominance in the second Test.

The Ashes 2015: it's all happening, but not for Michael Clarke

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17:  Michael Clarke of Australia looks on during day two of the 2nd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 17, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Greg Baum By manipulating the figures in a particular way, it can be demonstrated that Michael Clarke has averaged less even than Shane Watson in a given recent period, and Steve Smith averaged more than...

The Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers and Steve Smith make it worth the wait

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Greg Baum Like the Labor party and the mafia, the greatest threat to Australia this day was from within.

Ashes 2015: whatever can go wrong ... already has

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Greg Baum So it comes to pass that Australia enters the Lord's Test with none of Shane Watson, Brad Haddin and Ryan Harris in the team. This was not in their blueprint. It wasn't even in the emergency plan.

The Ashes: '97 traffic cones show the way back for Australia

Devastating form: Glenn McGrath after taking 8-38 at Lord's in 1997.

Greg Baum In 2015, as in 1997, Australia are out to start the first Test again. In '97 Australia were unexpectedly thrashed inside four days in the first Ashes rubber at Edgbaston.

Ashes 2015: Separate Brad Haddin the man from Haddin the wicketkeeper

Brad Haddin talks with team psychologist Michael Lloyd.

Greg Baum This is a time for separating Brad Haddin the man from Haddin the cricketer, but respecting them both. The man is dealing with a family problem that would break the strongest heart.

Lord's: the wicketkeeper who was left at the gate

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Greg Baum So there was 22-year-old Michael Dimattina, standing at the picket gate beside the Lord's sightscreen.

The pressure's on Michael Clarke – and not just on his back

Load on his shoulders: Michael Clarke looks dejected after his dismissal in the second innings of the Cardiff Test.

Greg Baum In his brief second innings in Cardiff, Michael Clarke gave the appearance of a man stooped beneath a burden.

The Ashes: Shane Watson exhibit A, B and C of First Test loss to England

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Greg Baum Australia must make changes to the team before the Second Test.

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The Ashes 2015: did 2013-14 really happen?

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Greg Baum The 2013-14 Ashes felt like an Australian fantasy in its time. In lengthening restrospect, it is beginning to look like a brilliant illusion.

The Ashes 2015: England has Australia on the run

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Greg Baum There are runs, and there are runs. Of the 350 made in Cardiff on day two as England took control of the first Test, two types of runs that do not appear in the scorebook somehow defined Australia's...

The Ashes 2015: a new series takes root

Flat-track bullied: Mitchell Johnson.

Greg Baum Over-wrought mythology has it that the first day of an Ashes series sets it on an irrerversible course. It is only sometimes true.

Ashes to Ashes, lust but no rust

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Greg Baum It's Ashes morning. It so often is nowadays. By early September, Australia and England will have played each other 15 times in Test matches in little more than two years.

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In this Ashes series, the Shane Watson question has more than one answer

Shane Watson recovers after being hit while batting during a nets session in Cardiff.

Greg Baum Since it's bound to crop up sooner rather than later, let's begin with the Watto question.

Nick Kyrgios: walking in Lleyton Hewitt's scuff marks

Nick Kyrgios is not a bad kid; he just has a long way to go.

Greg Baum He's an Australian tennis player, barely out of his teens, but rising fast and already famous, and certain of his own central importance.

Women's sport and the fight for equality

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Greg Baum It would doubtless be news to many that there is a Victorian mens netball team.

There are more Is in team than you think

LeBron James.

Greg Baum LeBron James scored what must have been half of the Cleveland Cavaliers' points against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals.

RIP Ron Clarke: a winner in every way

Ron Clarke

Greg Baum Victory comes in many forms, some more enduring than others. Sixty years ago, Ron Clarke, with Herb Elliott and John Landy, created an Australian distance running tradition.

Test cricket: gone with the Windies

Woeful Windies: A forlorn West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin emerges from the pavilion after his team was comprehensively beaten in the second Test in Jamaica.

Greg Baum Not one ticket has yet been sold to a Test match in Australia this summer. In fact, no dates have been announced - except the two that need no announcement, Boxing Day in Melbourne and the New Year...

Matty puts Maryborough on the map

Local hero: Matthew Dellavedova, the toast of Maryborough.

Greg Baum Matthew Dellavedova is variously scourge, toast and talk of American basketball after two unforseen giant-killing efforts have led his Cleveland Cavaliers to a 2-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors...