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Chris Barrett

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


Calf strain grounds Shaun Marsh as Test squad flies to South Africa

Chris Barrett Australia are all but resigned to losing a second player from their 15-man squad to South Africa, with recalled batsman Shaun Marsh not expected to overcome a calf strain.

Great expectations for Philander

South Africa's Vernon Philander.

Chris Barrett Vernon Philander is a relative newcomer to the South African set-up, but with fellow fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, he has more than held his own among the world's elite in his short...

A little less pace in Australian pacemen

Dinkus for the Tonk.

Chris Barrett Australia's arsenal of fast bowlers has not fired as expected in Brisbane, and the numbers indicate it is nowhere near as quick as anticipated either.


Stage is set for Lyon to complete his rise to the top

Nathan Lyon

Chris Barrett WHEN Nathan Lyon boarded a flight to Colombo via Singapore in August of last year he was a virtual nobody.


Debutant Du Plessis saves Proteas


Chris Barrett South Africa have survived a dramatic final afternoon of the second Test in Adelaide, with a heroic eight-hour century from debutant Faf du Plessis cutting short Australia's aspirations for a return...