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Chris Barrett

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

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Starc goes on attack for bowl at the Oval

Mitchell Starc

Chris Barrett Paceman says it's difficult to deliver consistency ''when you play one game and you're dropped''.

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Frustrated Starc says consistency woes aggravated by lack of Test exposure

Mitchell Starc

Chris Barrett Mitchell Starc has delivered a jab at selectors and critics, saying it is difficult to deliver consistency ''when you play one game and you're dropped.''

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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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Ricky Ponting says Mitchell Johnson's new dawn kicked off during IPL

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson's blistering start to the Ashes summer had its foundations in the Indian Premier League back in April, Ricky Ponting says.

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Ricky Ponting says Mitchell Johnson found his mojo in India

Mitchell Johnson of Australia takes a catch to dismiss James Anderson.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson's blistering start to the Ashes had its foundations in the IPL, according to Ricky Ponting.

Mind games and pressure-cooker tactics will keep Poms on boil

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson says Australia want hapless England to ‘‘keep cooking’’ in the field on Sunday, indicating little let-up after the relentless assault he has spear-headed in Adelaide.

Plan to turn up the heat

Mitchell Johnson.

Chris Barrett, Adelaide Australia wants hapless England to ''keep cooking'' in the field on Sunday.

Steadfast Amla looks on top of the world

Jacques Kallis

Chris Barrett AS THE light faded on a gloomy afternoon in Brisbane, Hashim Amla quietly crept towards a milestone that will confirm him, if there is any existing doubt, as the world's best batsman right now.

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Clarke the key to victory

Australia's captain Michael Clarke celebrates making 200 runs against South Africa during their cricket test match in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. The three-game series is even with a draw from the first test. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Chris Barrett Yet again it has come down to Michael Clarke. Time and again the world's most prolific scorer of runs right now has been called upon to lead from the front, in this instance to seal a victory against...

Bright day turns dark

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Once again, Michael Clarke has been called upon to personally lead from the front,

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We didn't win, but we didn't lose: Clarke stays confident

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett MICHAEL CLARKE says Australia will fly to Perth with every confidence they can wrest top spot in the Test world rankings from South Africa, after having their immediate aspirations cut short in a...

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We tried everything, says Clarke

Man of the match: South African batsman Faf du Plessis after his match-saving century.

Chris Barrett, Adelaide Michael Clarke says Australia will fly to Perth with every confidence it can wrest top spot in the Test world rankings from South Africa, after having its immediate aspirations cut short via a...

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Watson's desire to open once more could cause dilemma

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett WHAT TO DO WITH SHANE WATSON? The elephant in the foyer of Australia's five-star hotel in Chennai could potentially be a source of consternation for the entire journey, over some 50 days, from...

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Swingers, not spinners, needed in India: Buchanan

John Buchanan

Chris Barrett The architect of Australia's era-defining win in 2004 cautions against an abundance of spin on the sub-continent.

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I'm happy at no.4: Watson

Ed Cowan

Chris Barrett Ed Cowan will keep his place at the order for Friday's first Test against India and Shane Watson says he is now focused on becoming a key plank of Australia's middle order alongside captain Michael...

Injured Watson has a point to prove

Chris Barrett Shane Watson says he is determined to prove his knockers wrong over the next six weeks by defusing any argument that he is not among the country's top six batsmen.

Henriques selected for Test debut

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Chris Barrett Portuguese-born Moises Henriques will make his Test debut against India on Friday, with his ability to exert reverse swing and his aggressive middle order batting winning the battle to be Australia's...

Moises' arc reaches hallowed ground

Called up: Moises Henriques' patience has been rewarded with a Test berth.

Chris Barrett Moises Henriques gets the role of all-rounder in Australian team for first Test.

Attack is no gamble: Clarke

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke denies Australia has gambled by picking four seamers and one spinner for Friday's first Test.

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Quick route to victory is no gamble, says Clarke

Nathan Lyon

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke denies Australia have gambled by picking four seamers and a solitary spinner for Friday's first Test.