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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.

Cricket

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.

Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell called in to Test squad

Got his big break: Steve O'Keefe.

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu Perennially overlooked, Steve O'Keefe will finally get the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level after being selected in Australia's touring party to the United Arab Emirates next month...

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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.

Cricket

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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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.

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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.

Cricket

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.

Cricket

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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Cricket Australia praises the improvement in pitches

In form: Phil Hughes hits a ton against Victoria, his second in five shield games this season.

Chris Barrett One of Australia's chief problems in its fall from grace appears to be on the mend.

THE TONK

Media man dumped in SCG stand-off debacle

The Tonk

David Sygall, Chris Barrett and Michael Chammas Heavies from Macquarie Street to Moore Park were fuming when the Herald revealed last month the SCG's $186 million revamp would not be finished in time for the Ashes Test in early January.

Cricket

Watson headed back to the Futures

Man of the match Shane Watson.

Chris Barrett SHANE WATSON is set to be whipped into readiness for the first Test against South Africa by playing in a NSW development side of players under the age of 23 in Canberra.

Spin depth an issue as India tour looms

Michael Beer could be among the spinners considered for the tour of India.

Chris Barrett National selector John Inverarity concerned at the depth of spin-bowling stocks.

Selectors worried by low stocks

Australian vs Sri Lanka third cricket test  day 3 at the SCG.
Photography Brendan Esposito
smh,5th January,2013

Chris Barrett National selector John Inverarity admits concern at the depth of spin bowling stocks before Australia's testing tour of India next month.

Cricket

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...

Cricket

Rixon widens role to help Lyon tame Proteas

Nathan Lyon.

Chris Barrett Australia moves to help Nathan Lyon combat South Africa's world-beating batsmen this summer by expanding fielding coach Steve Rixon's responsibilities to also cover spin bowling.

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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...