Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cricket

First Ashes Test will define a series, a nation

Greg Baum It is hard to think of a recent Test match with more riding on it for Australia than this one, resuming the Ashes contest. Defeat, frankly, would be calamitous for the sport here.

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How a miracle rose from the Ashes

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Greg Baum The impossible Australia had accomplished immediately, in Brisbane and Adelaide. Disconcertingly, the miracle took a little longer.

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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.

Checkmate: Cricket's infinite possibilities

James Anderson

Greg Baum In chess, there are 20 possible first moves. The number of possible moves after that - the number of places where a game might go - has been put at 10 the power of 120.

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When Michael Clarke fires, Australia can win

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Greg Baum The record shows Australia's Test captain is as mighty as Moses.

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South Africa scores triumph of temperament

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Greg Baum Adelaide Oval on Monday was like a Murray River camping ground in mid-summer.

Pitch in death roll as fate toys with skipper's men

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Greg Baum The first Western sailors to find Sri Lanka called it the Isle of Serendipity. Serendipity is the faculty for making happy discoveries by accident.

Johnson revives Thommo terror days

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Greg Baum Sri Lanka was rudely manhandled back to the beginning, suffering at Australia's hands its third heaviest defeat in Test cricket.

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Indian wickets tricky, not sticky

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Greg Baum From this hazy distance, it is hard to say whether or not the antbed Chennai pitch spooked the Australians in India. But it certainly spooked Australians in Australia.

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India tour a shambles of highest order

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Greg Baum Abysmal result demonstrates that Australia has lost control of its own cricket destiny.

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Crusade to restore holy Test

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Greg Baum The Outright Foundation is trying to promote Test cricket, the form of the game without short cuts.

Australia pulls off two-wicket win

Pat Cummins celebrates Australia's Test victory.

Greg Baum, Johannesburg Pat Cummins crowns astonishing Test debut by belting the runs that delivered Australia a heroic and improbable two-wicket victory over South Africa.

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