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Chris Barrett

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

Shane Warne to mentor Australia's spinners for World Twenty20 tournament

Chris Barrett Australia has landed a coup by luring Shane Warne back into the national set-up in an official capacity.


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.

Spinners turn tourists to rubble

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett CHENNAI: Australia's ambitious mission in India has gone off the rails after only four days. A demoralising defeat in the first Test at the M.A.


Phil Hughes bounces back after replacing Shaun Marsh

Phillip Hughes

Chris Barrett Phil Hughes has departed for South Africa vowing ''it's not how you get knocked down, it's how you keep bouncing back up'' as he bids for another shot at Test cricket.

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Philosophical Phil Hughes up for Tests... again

Phil Hughes.

Chris Barrett Phil Hughes will land in Johannesburg remembering well his 2009 jaunt in South Africa.


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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Panesar's ready to spin Test magic

High hopes: Monty Panesar bowls during the tour match between Sussex and Australia.

Chris Barrett Old Trafford specialist says Australia's batsmen vulnerable against spinning ball.


'Burnt' offering: Cook puts his spin on spin-friendly pitch

Chris Barrett England captain has defends production of what Australia believes are 'burnt' patches on the pitch for the third Test, saying it is the host country's right to drum home its territorial advantage.


Your point is?: Cook defends home ground advantage

Alistair Cook.

Chris Barrett Manchester: England captain Alastair Cook has defended the production of what Australia believe look like "burnt" patches on the pitch for the third Test, saying it was the host country's right to...

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Unwanted hat-trick for Hughes

David Warner

Chris Barrett Australia has recalled David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon for the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

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Shane Warne returns to haunt England at Old Trafford

Shane Warne during a training session before Thursday's third Ashes test cricket match against England at Old Trafford.

Chris Barrett Twenty years after the Shane Warne legend was born at the very same ground it was fitting that the man himself should take centre stage once again at Old Trafford.

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Warne back in limelight as Aussies battle to save series

Shane Warne

Chris Barrett Twenty years after the Warne legend was born at the very same ground it was fitting the man himself should take centre stage once again at Old Trafford.

Dropped and forgotten, Nathan Lyon never doubted his ability

Nathan Lyon.

Chris Barrett For weeks before the Ashes Fawad Ahmed was on the tip of everyone's tongue, with Cricket Australia pulling all the strings they could in Canberra, hoping the former Pakistani refugee just might be...


Spinner Fawad Ahmed set to debut for Australia

Fawad Ahmed.

Chris Barrett Fawad Ahmed is set to make his much-anticipated debut for Australia within weeks and is in contention for the return Ashes series at home this summer, according to national selector John Inverarity.

Ashes 2013: The Old Enemy not here for a holiday

Monty Panesar

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu, Dean Jones England have arrived in Australia to defend the little Ashes urn. Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu profile the tourists, and former Australian cricketer Dean Jones gives his opinion on how the 17-man...

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The Ashes: How the England squad shapes up

Alastair Cook.

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu and Dean Jones With the England squad for this summer's Ashes arriving on Australian soil, Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu and Dean Jones take a close look at the tourists.


Ashes 2013: Australia considers all-pace attack for first Test

Peter Siddle.

Chris Barrett Australia is seriously considering fielding four fast bowlers in first Test against England if all-rounder Shane Watson is deemed unfit to bowl.

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.


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.


Shield statistics point to batting renaissance

Marcus North

Chris Barrett One of Australia's chief problems in their fall from grace appears to be on the mend with a near 50 per cent spike in Sheffield Shield batting averages indicating a stunning run-scoring revival.

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