Chloe Saltau

Chloe Saltau

Chloe Saltau is the chief cricket writer at The Age, regularly covering international cricket and providing news, comment and analysis on international cricket. She joined The Age as a trainee in 1998 and spent several years writing for general news (chiefly as a social policy reporter covering welfare and family issues) before moving to sport.

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States put on notice over pitches

Chloe Saltau Extreme measures such as forfeiting the toss to visiting team debated by Cricket Australia.

Cricket bosses eye pitches

The Gabba pitch for the first Test between Australia and South Africa has favoured the batsmen.

Chloe Saltau State of pitches around the nation will be a hot topic at a summit of cricket bosses this week.

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Bonus points for Sheffield Shield to encourage aggressive cricket

Cricket Australia's team performance chief Pat Howard.

Chloe Saltau The aggressive style of cricket that won Australia the Ashes will be encouraged at domestic level under a new points system for the Sheffield Shield.

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Cricket Australia imports Indian soil to conquer spin demons

India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Nathan Lyon during the first cricket test match, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground December 28, 2011.   REUTERS/Tim Wimborne   (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

Chloe Saltau If Australia is to stay at No.1, it will have to get better at playing spin, and Cricket Australia is going to great lengths to make that happen.

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The African scream: Australia stakes claim to being best in the world

Ryan Harris of Australia bowls during day 3 of the third test match between South Africa and Australia

Chloe Saltau, Jesse Hogan The rankings don't say it yet, but Australia deserves to be considered the best team in the world in the same way Mark Taylor's Australians became unofficial world champions by toppling the mighty...

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Mitch Johnson ponders limited-overs future

Australia's Mitchell Johnson.

Chloe Saltau Mitchell Johnson is prepared to ditch one or both of the limited overs formats if it helps him repeat his menacing of England in next year's Ashes.

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The Ashes: Nathan Lyon has grounds to believe Australia could be on a roll

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 22:  Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrates dismissing Ian Bell of England during day two of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 22, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Chloe Saltau Three years after he was part of the Adelaide Oval ground crew branded as "pathetic" by Kevin Pietersen, Nathan Lyon returns to his new-look spiritual home certain he can do what he and Australia's...

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Lyon and 'Jeff' can take heart from rival's career

Graeme Swann's career bloomed late, but he became a regular match-winner for England.

Chloe Saltau Nathan Lyon should celebrate the career of Graeme Swann.

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Australia choose eight pace bowlers to win back Ashes urn

Mitchell Johnson

Chloe Saltau Australia have decided on a squadron of eight fast bowlers for the Ashes, but team performance boss Pat Howard insists there is room for someone to come from the clouds.

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Eight quicks picked on Ashes hit-list

Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Chloe Saltau Australia decides on squadron of eight fast bowlers for the Ashes, but team performance boss insists there is still room for someone to come from the clouds.

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Lehmann confident of improvements

Darren Lehmann.

Chloe Saltau Coach has fronted Cricket Australia board meeting, attesting to improvements in culture of the team ahead of critical Ashes summer.

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Ricky Ponting motivated by jealousy of Michael Clarke, says Shane Warne

Warne and Ponting

Chloe Saltau Shane Warne suggests Ricky Ponting was motivated by jealousy when he expressed initial doubts about Michael Clarke's suitability to be Australian captain in his autobiography.

Ashes: England captain Alistair Cook brushes off Shane Warne sledge

Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne.

Chloe Saltau Even the suave Alastair Cook felt his blood pressure rise when Shane Warne accused him of negative captaincy, but he has more than that to consider as England ramp up their preparations for the first...

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Cook straight-bats Warne spin

Alastair Cook

Chloe Saltau Even the suave leader felt his blood pressure rise when accused of negative captaincy.

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Warnie's Pom protege fires

Michael Carberry

Chloe Saltau If Michael Carberry figures in the Ashes, Australians would have had a bit to do with it.

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Ashes 2013: Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland said Australia will not seek pitch advantages against England this summer

James Sutherland.

Chloe Saltau Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland says the pitches rolled out to exploit Australian weaknesses in England were bad for cricket.

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Ashes 2013: Taking the moral high ground

Cricket pitch.

Chloe Saltau The pitches rolled out to exploit Australian weaknesses in England were bad for cricket, Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland has said, adding that Australia will seek no such advantage at home...

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Cricketer David Hussey slams lack of emphasis on winning Sheffield Shield matches

Sheffield Shield.

Chloe Saltau David Hussey finds the fresh lack of emphasis on winning the Sheffield Shield 'hard to take'.

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Ashes 2013: Nathan Lyon to Pietersen: Bring it on

Nathan Lyon

Chloe Saltau Nathan Lyon knows Kevin Pietersen won't need any encouragement to come hard at him.

Ashes 2013: Nathan Lyon relishing the challenge of outfoxing Kevin Pietersen

Nathan Lyon

Chloe Saltau Nathan Lyon knows Kevin Pietersen won't need any encouragement to come hard at him this Ashes summer but, in his laconic way, the Australian off-spinner has told England's superstar batsman to bring...