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Chris Barrett

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

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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.

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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.

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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Ashton who? Australia turn up another bolter

Turner

Chris Barrett It seems you can only make it into the Australian cricket team now if you're a young spinner from Western Australia and your first name is Ashton.

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Ashes tour match brings up selection dilemmas for Aussies

Steve Smith

Chris Barrett This Ashes series series has been a soap opera for Australia so far so it was appropriate that the theme tunes of Neighbours and Home and Away rang out from the trumpet of Barmy Army musician Billy...

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Spin doctor: Lehmann wants Warne to help Agar develop

Shane Warne

Chris Barrett Darren Lehmann said he is consulting Shane Warne to hasten the development of teenage sensation Ashton Agar for this week's third Test at Old Trafford.

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Harris excels, but England tail wags

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is bowled by Ryan Harris on day four, one of the paceman's seven victims in England's second innings.

Chris Barrett Ryan Harris returns Test-best haul as Australia set 299 for victory.

Cook lauds Broad as Aussies swept aside in fourth Test

Stuart Broad.

Chris Barrett ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook admitted he could not find a superlative to sufficiently describe the Stuart Broad spell that devastated Australia just as the visitors appeared destined to finally...

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2013 Ashes: Steve Smith's maiden Test century lifts Australia

Steve Smith.

Chris Barrett The late blooming of Australia's batsmen in England has continued with Steve Smith scoring his maiden Test century - completed adventurously with a lofted six down the ground at the Oval.

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Ashes 2013: Bad light ruins Test as Michael Clarke's declaration sets up dramatic finish

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett The fifth Test has ended in a dramatic draw with umpires taking players off the field for bad light just as England looked set to complete a thrilling win that would have given them a first-ever 4-0...

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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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Warner's Ashes in tatters

David Warner.

Chris Barrett David Warner's immediate Test future is in serious jeopardy, despite being spared an early flight home from England.

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Warner's Ashes blow

Chris Barrett David Warner's immediate Test future is in serious jeopardy despite being spared an early flight home from England.

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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.