Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Warner's honesty deserves respect

Greg Baum If anything is disrespectful in cricket, it is the reconfiguring of the concept of respect.

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Immovable Graeme Smith finally blocked out

Greg Baum Of Graeme Smith, this can be said more accurately than of any other contemporary cricketer: he took block.

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Old solution brings a new-found strength

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Greg Baum What began as an exercise in benchmarking has become another triumph in its own right.

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South African series showed how cricket gets tangled in its own red tape

Greg Baum Australians seem not to have grasped how much their nasally catcalling grates.

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Australia again a big fish, but where is the pond?

Greg Baum Question: what is the difference between the International Cricket Council and the King Island Football Association?

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Michael Clarke the master of critical situations

Greg Baum The emerging lesson of Clarke's career is that every country has its price.

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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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Spirit of Christmas? Stuff that

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

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Record broken and day's play like a broken record

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...

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.

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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.

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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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Haunting future just not cricket

Greg Baum The year is 2025 and the barely twitching body of Test cricket is proving a wonderful host organism for T20.

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South African cricket has that empty feeling

Crowds flock to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, but it's a different story for Test cricket in South Africa.

Greg Baum There is no Test cricket sound at once so rousing and so depressing as the echo of bat on ball.

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Well, lads, we've landed in a right fine mess

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Greg Baum Talk is cheap and England's cricket is even worse.

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Demoralised by demons

Greg Baum Australia barely bowled a ball that the English batsmen needed to play, but they played at them all anyway.

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Clarke's men unrelenting in cruel heat

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

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Bowlers expose England cracks

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

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Past an inspiration for MacGill

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Greg Baum Stuart MacGill is a history buff: he can easily identify cricketers from previous generations.

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A build-up reduced to ashes

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Greg Baum The trouble for Australia is that any minute now, it must play England again for the Ashes.