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Chris Barrett

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

Brad Haddin puts Ashes win at top of his cricket bucket list

Chris Barrett Brad Haddin knows the pain of Ashes defeat and admits it hurts like no other. ''It does,'' he said. ''You can't hide behind that.''

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Mickey Arthur's 'insecurity' to blame for year from hell, says Brad Haddin

Brad Haddin and Micky Arthur

Chris Barrett Australia’s veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says the insecurity of his predecessor, Mickey Arthur, was to blame for the extraordinary unravelling of the national team this year.

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Ashes 2013: Brad Haddin happy not to be facing Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett A fearsome Mitchell Johnson was bowling as fast as 155km/h at the Gabba, veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says.

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Brad Haddin: Facing Mitchell Johnson is the hardest part of my week

Brad Haddin

Chris Barrett Johnson's 152km/h bullet tore into Cook's off stump during a frighteningly quick opening from the Australian fast bowler late on Friday.

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Brad Haddin shows family’s fighting spirit with a knock for the ages

Brad Haddin

Chris Barrett In the minutes after Australia completed a huge win over England in the first Test at the Gabba, Brad Haddin's three young kids joined him on the ground.

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Ashes: Steve Smith leads fightback. With Brad Haddin, of course

Steve Smith

Chris Barrett It is easy to forget. Three years ago against England Steve Smith looked out of his depth, a half-backed international cricketer not quite sure whether he was a batsman or bowler.

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Steve Smith and Brad Haddin lead Australian fightback

Australia's Steve Smith.

Chris Barrett Australia's destroyer-in-chief Johnson will fancy his chances of making England pay again for letting the home team off the hook.

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Rumours of Brad Haddin retirement hosed down

Brad Haddin.

Chris Barrett As rumours tend to, it started as a whisper and before long became the talk of the town.

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Brad Haddin: Ashes heroes reclaimed Australian brand of cricket

Brad Haddin talks to spectators during a lap of honour after the Test ended.

Chris Barrett Australia is not flawless but the team has managed to camouflage its shortcomings.

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

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Alex Doolan looks on during an Australian nets session at Centurion Park on February 10, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

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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From rock bottom, Australia could be on top of world

Chris Barrett Next major priority for Australian team and Cricket Australia is the World Cup.

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Australia to announce squad in preparation for South Africa tour

Alex Doolan

Chris Barrett Australia will on Monday name a 15-man squad for next month’s tour of South Africa.

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Few surprises for Test squad for South Africa

Alex Doolan

Chris Barrett Alex Doolan expected to challenge for a Test debut and Jackson Bird tipped to return.

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Steve Rixon has 'little respect' for Cricket Australia after being axed

The Tonk

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu You get the impression Steve Rixon knows he will not be in the queue for a job at Cricket Australia any time soon.

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Ashes 2013: Pitched battle heats up as Australians close in for the kill

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Chris Barrett The Ashes opener at the Gabba boiled over at its climax and the tension between Australia and England has not abated as the hosts close on victory in the second Test, with Mitchell Johnson involved...

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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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Ashes 2013: How Australia found winning formula without the hocus pocus

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 09: Darren Lehmann of Australia speaks to the media during a press conference after day five of Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 9, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett If there is any one word that sums up Australia's year of Test cricket it is contrast.

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Smith shows a ton of talent

Australia's Steve Smith celebrates reaching his century.

Chris Barrett For years it seems we've been hearing from Australian cricket's cognoscenti about just how extraordinary a talent Steven Smith is.

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Smith shows he’s made of the right stuff

Steve Smith

Chris Barrett For years, it seems, we’ve been hearing from the game’s cognoscenti that Steven Smith is the future of Australian cricket.

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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.