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Chris Barrett

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

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Quiet Lyon sticks to sledging songsheet

Chris Barrett Nathan Lyon says he leaves the sledging and verbal shenanigans to others but the Australian off-spinner is the latest to insist that Michael Clarke's team will not be departing from the tactics...

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Sledging made me what I am, says James Anderson

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Michael Clarke of Australia and James Anderson of England exchange words during day four of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 24, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Ashes antagoniser says he regards sledging as a 'skill' that has played an important part in him becoming England's all-time leading international wicket-taker.

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Jimmy Anderson says sledging is a skill of the game

Copping it: Michael Clarke gives James Anderson a dose of his own medicine.

Chris Barrett Ashes antagoniser says sledging has played important part in his success.

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Ashes 2013: Mitchell Johnson welcomes England plan to come out swinging

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson has welcomed England's intention to try and hit their way out of their funk against him with a simple message: ''Go ahead.''

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Mitchell Johnson welcomes England's plan to attack him

Mitchell Johnson speaks to the media in Perth on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson welcomes England's intention to try to hit its way out of its funk against him.

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Smith shows a ton of talent

Australia's Steve Smith celebrates reaching his century.

Chris Barrett For years it seems we've been hearing from Australian cricket's cognoscenti about just how extraordinary a talent Steven Smith is.

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Smith shows he’s made of the right stuff

Steve Smith

Chris Barrett For years, it seems, we’ve been hearing from the game’s cognoscenti that Steven Smith is the future of Australian cricket.

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Paceman James Pattinson eyes return for Australia against South Africa

Ball sense: James Pattinson throws the ball at training on Monday as Peter Siddle looks on.

Chris Barrett James Pattinson has set his sights on a return to the Australian team for February's tour.

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James Pattinson eyes Test return in South Africa

WORCESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 01: James Pattinson and Peter Siddle of Australia look on during an Australian Training Session at New Road on July 1, 2013 in Worcester, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Inspired by the heroics of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle in the Ashes, James Pattinson has set his sights on an Australian return on February's tour of South Africa, and welcomes the...

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Indian tour timing not ideal: Harris

Ryan Harris

Chris Barrett Australia's leading bowler in Ashes loss will play no part in campaign in India.

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Currying favour: 'We can't say no to pre-Ashes India tour'

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Chris Barrett Ryan Harris admits it is far from ideal that Australia will arrive home from the subcontinent more than a week after England land here before the Ashes but acknowledges: ''We can't say no to India''.

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The Ashes: Englishmen under fire in the sky

The Tonk

Andrew Wu, Chris Barrett seems there will be little respite for England's cricketers from the rigours of an Ashes tour in Australia – even when they are 30,000 feet in the air.

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Ashes 2013: George Bailey laughs off spat with Jimmy Anderson

George Bailey and James Anderson exchange words during day four at the Gabba.

Chris Barrett George Bailey, the mature-aged debutant whose confrontation with James Anderson ignited the tense finale to the first Test, says he was not perturbed by a threat from the England fast bowler to punch...

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George Bailey ready for more fire in second Ashes Test

George Bailey of Australia and James Anderson of England.

Chris Barrett George Bailey said he was not perturbed by a threat by the England fast bowler to punch him in the face.

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Jonathan Trott leaves England's Ashes tour

Jonathan Trott.

Chris Barrett and Chloe Saltau Jonathan Trott has left England's Ashes tour due to a "stress-related illness".

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Contest will be tough not ugly, captains pledge

Listen here: Kevin Pietersen imparts some of his knowledge to England captain Alastair Cook at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett England captain Alastair Cook has forecast a continuation of the "tough cricket" that led to tensions boiling over at the Gabba, but admits it is the captains' responsibility to ensure the hostile...

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Raging 'Bull' is ready for his run at England's finest

Warner

Chris Barrett All Australia wants is for David Warner to go on the attack.

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Bull's roar: Warner remains explosive, on and off the field

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Chris Barrett If David Warner is keeping and releasing an Ashes tour diary in time to fill the Christmas stockings, it will make fair reading.

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Lyon finally gets his day in the run and brings Tendulkar undone

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27:  Nathan Lyon (R) of Australia celebrates with team mate Michael Clarke after taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar of India during day four of the Fourth Test Match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on January 27, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett NATHAN LYON had spent all summer with the spotlight on others; on Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc and, latterly, Ryan Harris.

Kohli's actions upset Sunny's disposition

Kohli

Chris Barrett INDIAN great Sunil Gavaskar has welcomed the emergence of fiery whiz-kid Virat Kohli but criticised him for swearing at Australian players after reaching his first Test hundred.