Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Australian Open 2015: Sam Groth outmuscles Thanasi Kokkinakis

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.

The cream rises for India

Virat Kohli acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century.

Greg Baum India's run-making nearly all through this day was as smooth and delicious as ice-cream from a Mr Whippy van, and with a twirl on the end of each new scoop, too.

Indian bowlers blown to Smithereens

Steve Smith gets ready to play a reverse sweep as Indian wicketkeeper M.S. Dhoni watches.

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.