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

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Geoff Lawson applauds Sheffield Shield's move back to the bush

Chris Barrett Former Test bowler Geoff Lawson has hailed the decision to take NSW Sheffield Shield games to his home town of Wagga Wagga this summer but says Cricket Australia does not do enough to promote the...

Ashes cricket: Wind and tempers rise as Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen face off

Chris Barrett A wandering toddler has led to tempers rising, along with the wind, in a twisting and turning Boxing Day Test.

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Johnson fires up, England blows up

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena intervenes in a verbal spat between Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen.

Chris Barrett Wandering toddler leads to tempers rising on third day of Boxing Day Test.

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From rock bottom, Australia could be on top of world

Chris Barrett Next major priority for Australian team and Cricket Australia is the World Cup.

Lehmann gets a grip on batting chaos

Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehmann

Chris Barrett TIME has been a rare commodity for Darren Lehmann lately. Six months on the road will do that. Lehmann reckons he saw his family for ''about five days'' since he left for a coaching role at the...

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Lehmann settles in

Hot seat: Darren Lehmann's life changed dramatically when he became the Australian cricket coach.

Chris Barrett Time has been a rare commodity for Darren Lehmann lately. Six months on the road will do that.

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Return pleases Clarke

Michael Clarke walks out to bat on day one of the Sheffield Shield season. He made 88 from 190 balls.

Chris Barrett It was just the start to the Ashes summer Michael Clarke needed.

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All eyes on Michael Clarke but Sam Rainbird steals the show

Sam Rainbird

Chris Barrett It was not the end he would have liked but it was just the start to the Ashes summer that Michael Clarke needed.

Craig McDermott revitalises Australia's attack and wickets tumble

Mitchell Johnson is mobbed after dismissing Joe Root.

Chris Barrett A lunch-time spray from Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott inspired Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris to lead the carve-up of England in Friday's extraordinary middle session on day two of the...

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Quicks take the glory but Nathan Lyon turns Test Australia's way

Nathan Lyon

Chris Barrett Nathan Lyon is used to playing the unsung hero.

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Lyon is king of the Gabba

Nathan Lyon of Australia .

Chris Barrett Nathan Lyon's sublime performance on Friday at the Gabba proves he does not deserve to be looking over his shoulder any more.

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Fast learner now master of bowling

Dale Steyn speaks to the media at the SCG on Thursday.

Chris Barrett Dale Steyn doesn't look like a killer, but to batsmen he could very well resemble one.

Chilled off the field, Steyn promises to bring some heat

Dale Willem Steyn

Chris Barrett ''Where else in the world do you get the opportunity to basically kill someone with two bouncers an over? Or try, legally?'' With that rhetorical question the world's leading fast bowler announced...

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Watson ruled out of first Test

Watson

Chris Barrett Shane Watson has been officially ruled out of the first Test against South Africa on Friday, clearing the way for Victoria's Rob Quiney to make his debut against the Proteas at the Gabba.

Five-question haul: Australia’s moment of truth

James Pattinson

Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau and Phil Lutton With the opening Test of the summer starting tomorrow, Fairfax cricket writers Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau and Phil Lutton discuss what looms as an intriguing match against South Africa.

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Watson's switch to No.4 set to raise concerns over raw top order

Australia's Shane Watson

Chris Barrett Australia's top three batsmen could have as few as 24 caps between them.

Watson's likely move to No.4 will expose green top order

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett VICE-CAPTAIN Shane Watson is set to move down a spot in the Test batting order in the wake of Ricky Ponting's retirement, leaving Australia with an inexperienced top three with as few as 24 caps...

Hughes saved from Proteas

Phil Hughes.

Chris Barrett and Michael Chammas Ricky Ponting endorses selection of Phil Hughes as his Test replacement as it emerges that the 24-year-old was shielded from an international return against top-ranked South Africa.

Panel kept Hughes from Proteas, says Inverarity

Phillip Hughes

Chris Barrett, Michael Chammas RICKY PONTING has endorsed the selection of Phillip Hughes as his Test replacement as it emerged the 24-year-old was shielded from an international return against top-ranked South Africa.

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Holy declaration, batsmen!

Now hear this: An Indian Naga Sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, performs evening rituals after a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati River, during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad on Friday.

Chris Barrett, Hyderabad India in command of the second Test despite the best efforts of Michael Clarke.