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Chris Barrett

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

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Alex Doolan misses CA contract as Johnson, Warner and Haddin the big winners

Chris Barrett Australian selectors have given an indication of their top-order intentions by including Shaun Marsh and Phillip Hughes in a compressed 18-man central contract list but excluding incumbent No.

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Australian quicks to step on the gas to reclaim Ashes in Perth

Mitchell Johnson.

Chris Barrett Heading to his home ground, Mitchell Johnson's best could still be to come.

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Pattinson praises return of master McDermott as he eyes Ashes return

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23:  James Pattinson of Australia celebrates the wicket of Graeme Smith of South Africa only to have the decision over-turned after it was referred to the third umpire during day two of the Second Test match between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval on November 23, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) ashes

Chris Barrett Two years ago James Pattinson burst on the international scene, leaving firstly New Zealand then India's star-studded batting line-up in his wake as he announced himself as the country's most...

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Josh Hazlewood eyes Ashes berth

Josh Hazlewood

Chris Barrett Josh Hazlewood is yet to win a baggy green but, edging closer to a debut against England, he has had a taste of Test cricket like few others.

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Mark Taylor takes Ricky Ponting to task over book row with Michael Clarke

ponting

Chris Barrett Ricky Ponting broke the sanctity of the Australian cricket dressing room with his revelations about Michael Clarke in his autobiography, according to former Test captain Mark Taylor.

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Greg Ritchie let loose with microphone again after racism scandal

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu, Chloe Saltau Fat Cat is back. A year after the luncheon speech scandal that caused a stir during Australia's first Test against South Africa in Brisbane, Greg Ritchie is back behind a microphone at an Ashes...

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Ryan Harris backs spot for George Bailey in Test team

George Bailey.

Chris Barrett George Bailey is ready to make the leap from limited-overs sensation to the Test arena, according to Australia's pace leader Ryan Harris.

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Ashes 2013: Ryan Harris backs George Bailey to be a Test success

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 11:  Ryan Harris speaks to the media at an announcement of Cricket Australia's new partnership with Hardys Wines on November 11, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett George Bailey is ready to make the leap from limited-overs sensation to the Test arena, according to Australia's pace leader Ryan Harris.

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Ashes 2013: Doug Bollinger on ice for possible Test comeback

Australian captain Ricky Ponting (L) talks to paceman Doug Bollinger (R), who is pushing for a position in the Australian team after fellow paceman Mitchell Johnson was dropped from the team during the final training session for the second Ashes cricket Test match against England in Adelaide on December 2, 2010.  Mitchell Johnson, who is Australia's leading active wicket-taker with 166 wickets in 39 Tests, was left out of the squad with a decision on a final eleven to be made December 3.    IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE ? STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE  AFP PHOTO/William WEST

Chris Barrett National priorities have prevailed in an arm wrestle for the services of Doug Bollinger with the resurgent left-armer to be rested from next week's Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia.

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Was Morkel's howler the worst wide in cricket history?

South African bowler Morne Morkel

Chris Barrett Steve Harmison has company. Long has the former England spearhead's wild, opening ball of the 2006-07 Ashes been ridiculed as one of the worst, or at least widest, of all time.

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Watson ruled out of first Test

Watson

Chris Barrett Shane Watson has been officially ruled out of the first Test against South Africa on Friday, clearing the way for Victoria's Rob Quiney to make his debut against the Proteas at the Gabba.

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McDermott sets hot pace

Craig McDermott.

Chris Barrett Craig McDermott cuts formal ties with Cricket Australia and opens his own travelling fast-bowling school.

Five-question haul: Australia’s moment of truth

James Pattinson

Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau and Phil Lutton With the opening Test of the summer starting tomorrow, Fairfax cricket writers Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau and Phil Lutton discuss what looms as an intriguing match against South Africa.

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Pup tears up tip sheet and tells quicks to rip in

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett DOSSIER or no dossier, Australia's hungry fast bowlers have been given licence to bombard South Africa with bouncers in an effort to get under the thick skins of the world No.

Clarke plans to bounce out tourists

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Australia's hungry fast bowlers given licence to bombard South Africa with bouncers.

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.

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Hilfenhaus happy to serve it up to Proteas

Ben Hilfenhaus.

Chris Barrett Ben Hilfenhaus played with fire by bouncing South Africa's fearsome fast bowler Dale Steyn on Sunday.

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Steyn feels pain as Hilfenhaus chances his arm at bodyline

Dale Steyn

Chris Barrett BEN HILFENHAUS played with fire by bouncing South Africa's fearsome fast bowler Dale Steyn on Sunday, saying afterwards: ''We may as well get in first.''

One wayward little bird sends tensions flying

James Pattinson and Peter Siddle.

Chris Barrett The outcome was a placid draw, but the contents were anything but peaceful.

Watson selection hangs on bowling

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett SHANE WATSON’s chances of featuring in next week’s second Test against South Africa have taken a nosedive after it was revealed he would not be considered as a specialist batsman and must prove his...