Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cricket

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

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

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Old solution brings a new-found strength

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

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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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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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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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Haunting future just not cricket

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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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Clarke shows his mettle in his 166th Test innings

Greg Baum Michael Clarke at his best makes ball and shot seem a continuation, nature taking its course.

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Climate conspires to send England back to the future

James Anderson of England has words with Australia captain Michael Clarke

Greg Baum Ambushed by a conspiracy of elements, natural, artificial and human, England collapsed for the second time.

In-your-face Test match no War of the Roses

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Greg Baum Australia won the battle and declared the war. And war it certainly is; England captain Alastair Cook acknowledged it in as many words.

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Patience proves key after the brimstone of Brisbane

Second Test

Greg Baum Adelaide's revamped ground and drop-in pitch dictated action as battle began.

Cricket

Rain at Adelaide Oval but not much lightning

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Greg Baum After the fire and brimstone of Brisbane, the quality of the first day at the Adelaide Oval was more akin to a meeting of two household pets, half-butting, half-nuzzling, with intent, not affection,...

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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.

Cricket

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

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

Cricket

Demoralised by demons

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

Cricket

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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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.