Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cricket

Chris Rogers' armguard breaks its silence

Greg Baum I'm like Chris, cherishing every moment. Considering most of my type end up in the bottom of a club kit bag, unloved and unwanted, I'm not complaining.

Tennis

Hard to love tennis in flaming shoes

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Greg Baum Like those who live in bushfire zones, the Open must have a more proactive plan than to keep a sharp eye on the thermometer.

Tennis

Nadal still rules, but Australian kid has room to grow

Greg Baum The future looks bright for young Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Tennis

As the temperature rises, the fans get more robust

Serena Williams

Greg Baum The heat may be intense but for most it's a case of it's January, it must be Melbourne.

Tennis

Roger Federer as smooth as ever in downing James Duckworth

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Greg Baum Australian James Duckworth finds out that Roger Federer is still very much on his game.

Tennis

Federer has at least one more major in him, says Edberg

Roger Federer speaks to coach Stefan Edberg during a practice session.

Greg Baum Swiss still motivated to win on big occasions, says man who will be in his corner.

Tennis

They could have been mother and daughter: Bencic v Date-Krumm

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland clasps hands with Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan at the net after defeating her in their women's singles match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday.

Greg Baum It was a pairing of extremes: the oldest against the youngest.

Cricket

Seeing is believing... just

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Greg Baum It doesn't get any rosier for Australians than an Ashes series walkover.

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Cricket

How the English lions were trapped by Johnson, tamed by Lyon

You beauty: Nathan Lyon celebrates on a day when he took 5/50 and his 100th Test wicket.

Greg Baum It was the three lions of England against Nathan Lyon of Australia, and he won.

Batting's slow lane gets slower

England's players celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Johnson.

Greg Baum Mitch Johnson took five more wickets, but this time was unable in advance to spare Australia's batting blushes on another tortuously slow day at the MCG.

Cricket

Record broken and day's play like a broken record

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Greg Baum There was one much anticipated feat of record-breaking at the MCG on Boxing Day. The crowd of 91,092 was the biggest recorded in cricket history, surpassing the 90,800 at the same venue for a West...

Cricket

Australia has all the glory before it as it strives for an Ashes whitewash

Darren Lehmann

Greg Baum This Ashes-rich year always was going to be a journey for Australia. But few expected it to be as it has been, a trip through time.

What a difference five months makes

Australia's wicket-keeper Brad Haddin celebrates after he caught out to dismiss England's Ben Stokes during the fifth and final day of the third Ashes test cricket match  at the WACA ground in Perth December 17 2013.  REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

Greg Baum This Ashes-rich year always was going to be a journey for Australia. But few expected it to be as it has been, a trip through time.

Cricket

Spirit of Christmas? Stuff that

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Greg Baum The annual Christmas Test match between the Elves and the Reindeers was going well until Rudolph came to the crease.

Cricket

How a miracle rose from the Ashes

Greg Baum The impossible Australia had accomplished immediately, in Brisbane and Adelaide. Disconcertingly, the miracle took a little longer.

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Cricket

Two balls tell tale of England team in turmoil

Alastair Cook is bowled for a golden duck at the start of England's chase of 504.

Greg Baum Two deliveries represent a microcosm of what has become of this Test match and series.

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Cricket

Bowlers expose England cracks

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Greg Baum Australia's bowling in this match, in vile conditions, has again been even, disciplined and relentless.

Cricket

Clarke's men unrelenting in cruel heat

Greg Baum Rarely can an Australian attack have been so even and sustained.

Cricket

Australia finds hurdles on jumpy WACA wicket

Chris Rogers

Greg Baum The cricket always is different here, and in any given summer, the series never quite the same afterwards.

Cricket

Michael Clarke rises to greatness in the face of resentment

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Greg Baum After Michael Clarke's dazzling debut century in Bangalore in 2004, then teammate Darren Lehmann declared that Clarke should play every Test for the next 10 years, even if it meant the forfeit of his...

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