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Chris Barrett

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


Shortage of umpires may mean Billy Bowden may be called in for Ashes Tests

Chris Barrett With Tony Hill set to be sidelined a door has opened for an Ashes return for the eccentric Billy Bowden.


Cricket umpires to broadcast DRS decisions to spectators and viewers

Calling for the third umpire.

Chris Barrett The International Cricket Council plans to have its third umpires publicly explain their decisions to crowds and television viewers, though not in this series.


Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke fumes as umpires haul Australia's batsmen off ground for bad light


Chris Barrett An annoyed Michael Clarke has remonstrated with umpires after they ordered players off the ground for bad light on Sunday, but rain has also intervened to leave the tourists' Ashes comeback hopes in...

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Relations fine with umpires: Clarke

Umpire Marais Erasmus checks the light at Old Trafford.

Chris Barrett More uproar on final day concerning much maligned decision review system.

Ashes umpires 'cracked under pressure': Haddin

Brad Haddin

Chris Barrett Both teams have been left scratching their heads throughout the Ashes series, says the Australian wicketkeeper.

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Umpires could have handled it better: Boof

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Australian coach Darren Lehmann says the umpires could have handled better the tense finale to the fifth Test that led to play being abandoned for bad light and Michael Clarke in a physical...

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TV sting accuses six umpires of fixing


Chris Barrett Indian TV station says it has exposed six leading cricket umpires willing to fix matches.


New Snicko may be used in Ashes series


Chris Barrett Cricket's latest technology gizmo, the real-time Snickometer, could make a surprise late entry to the game's decision review system in this summer's Ashes series after behind-the-scenes negotiations...

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Snicko, Hot Spot set to rise for Ashes


Chris Barrett Cricket's latest technology gizmo could make a late entry to the game's decision review system.

Ashes umpire shortage opens door for Billy Bowden

Billy Bowden

Chris Barrett Tony Hill, the New Zealand umpire who made a series of errors during the Ashes series in England in the winter, is set to be sidelined from on-ground officiating this summer in a move that has opened...

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Ashes 2013: Real-time Snicko to be used in Tests for first time

Stills from Hayden's dismissal. 081009.

Chris Barrett Cricket's much-maligned decision review system is in for a last-minute update in the Ashes, with new device the real-time Snickometer set to be added to the technology available to umpires this...

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Australia and England cricketers get update on new Snicko

Chris Barrett, Brisbane Australia and England players briefed by ICC officials on the last-minute addition into DRS for the Ashes.


Ashes players briefed as real-time Snicko pitched into the battle

Chris Barrett Australia and England players were on Tuesday briefed by International Cricket Council officials on the last-minute addition of the real-time Snickometer into the decision review system for the Ashes.


ICC to make third umpire reasoning public

Third upmpire

Chris Barrett The International Cricket Council is planning on taking a leaf out of the book of sports such as rugby league and rugby by having its third umpires publicly explain their decisions to crowds and...


Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke fined over abuse of James Anderson


Chris Barrett Australian captain Michael Clarke has been charged the by the International Cricket Council and fined a percentage of his match fee over the expletive-laden tirade at England tailender James Anderson...

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A clash between Mitchell Johnson and Ben Stokes has upped Ashes ante

Australia's Mitchell Johnson (left) and England's Ben Stokes collide.

Chris Barrett Tension between Australia and England has not abated as hosts close in on victory in second Test.

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Next of kin at hand as badgers loom

The Tonk

Chris Barrett England is flying families into Perth from England several days before the team's arrival so they are not jet-lagged and disturbing players in the middle of the night.

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It's just not cricket: Richie Benaud may have to sit out rest of the series

Chris Barrett, Jesse Hogan, Andrew Wu Viewers eager for the return of Channel Nine commentary doyen Richie Benaud for the tail end of the Ashes series may have to brace themselves for disappointment.

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Wait for it: DRS makes its Ashes debut

David Warner has words with Joe Root who was given out after a review.

Chris Barrett A decision review system controversy has finally arrived to leave its mark on the Ashes.


Joe Root bemused as DRS raises its head in third Ashes Test

Joe Root

Chris Barrett It has taken until nearly the halfway point of the series but a Decision Review System controversy has finally arrived to leave a mark on the Ashes.

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