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Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Cricket

Stuart Broad’s injury and David Warner’s ton pile on the Ashes misery for tourists

Chris Barrett The Ashes could be Australia's as early as Monday after another David Warner century piled on the pain for an England team scorched under the punishing Perth sun.

The Tonk

The Ashes: SCG set to undergo $100m upgrade

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu The fifth Test heralds the opening of the brand-spanking new Noble and Bradman stands but The Tonk can reveal the next stage of the SCG redevelopment is already well and truly in the works.

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Michael Clarke would love Australia to play the same team all the way through the Ashes campaign

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke says it would be 'extremely romantic' if Australia was to field the same line-up from start to finish of an unforgettable Ashes campaign.

Cricket

The Ashes: England player ratings

England's Alastair Cook holds on to the ball after catching out Australia's George Bailey for 1 run in their Ashes cricket test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Chris Barrett How the tourists fared by the numbers.

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The Tonk

The Ashes: Justin Hemmes treats Australian team to ritzy victory party

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu Australia's cricketers have closed out the Test portion of the summer by partying in style.

Updated snickometer may just miss the Ashes

Snicko.

Chris Barrett Real-time snickometer, soon to be the newest gadget at the disposal of television umpires, is unlikely to be introduced to DRS in time for Ashes, says CA CEO.

Cricket

The Ashes: How the England squad shapes up

Alastair Cook.

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu and Dean Jones With the England squad for this summer's Ashes arriving on Australian soil, Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu and Dean Jones take a close look at the tourists.

The Ashes: Englishmen under fire in the sky

The Tonk

Andrew Wu, Chris Barrett seems there will be little respite for England's cricketers from the rigours of an Ashes tour in Australia – even when they are 30,000 feet in the air.

Cricket

Agar plays a straight bat to all the Ashes hoopla

Agar

Chris Barrett They say fame comes with a price and for Ashton Agar that struck home when out for a stroll with his girlfriend in London before the Lord's Test.

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Rising from the Ashes

Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle.

Chris Barrett, Adelaide Michael Clarke issues an ominous warning ahead of Australia's ultimate mission - next year's Ashes tour.

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Alex Doolan misses CA contract as Johnson, Warner and Haddin the big winners

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Alex Doolan looks on during an Australian nets session at Centurion Park on February 10, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Australian selectors have given an indication of their top-order intentions by including Shaun Marsh and Phillip Hughes in a compressed 18-man central contract list but excluding incumbent No.

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Australia back on top of Test world

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett It's official - Australia are once again the world's No.1 ranked Test nation, reclaiming the position for the first time in more than five years without a ball being bowled overnight.

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Ashes 2013: Talk of Aussie whitewash begins to hold serious water

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Glenn McGrath's perennial prediction of an Ashes whitewash is all of a sudden holding water.

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The Tonk

It's just not cricket: Richie Benaud may have to sit out rest of the series

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Jesse Hogan, Andrew Wu Viewers eager for the return of Channel Nine commentary doyen Richie Benaud for the tail end of the Ashes series may have to brace themselves for disappointment.

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Ashes 2013: Another ton for Michael Clarke, but urn is main focus

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett There is something about Perth, and not just the searing heat nor time difference. A year ago it was the site of Ricky Ponting's retirement bombshell, and subsequently his final Test.

Cricket

Michael Clarke set to mark 100th Test in Perth

Australia captain Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett There is something about Perth, and not just the searing heat and time difference.

Cricket

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke wins ICC award

Chris Barrett He would undoubtedly hand it back in exchange for Ashes glory but Michael Clarke has been rewarded for another glut of runs by being named the International Cricket Council's Cricketer of the Year.

Cricket

Clarke was always going to make the grade

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Jesse Hogan, Andrew Wu Michael Clarke may be scoring centuries just for fun these days, but it wasn't always this easy.

Cricket

Smith shows a ton of talent

Australia's Steve Smith celebrates reaching his century.

Chris Barrett For years it seems we've been hearing from Australian cricket's cognoscenti about just how extraordinary a talent Steven Smith is.

Cricket

Michael Clarke named ICC Test Cricketer of the Year

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Australian skipper Michael Clarke has been crowned as the best cricketer in the world in 2013 by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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