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

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

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.

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

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 12:  Brad Haddin speaks to media during the Australia Test Squad Announcement  at the National Cricket Centre on November 12, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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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Michael Clarke's withdrawal as selector led to team success, says Rod Marsh

Rod Marsh, Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke during the Ashes in England last year.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke's standing down as a Test selector was a key turning point in Australia's stunning return to the top of the world rankings, according to new chairman of selectors Rod Marsh.

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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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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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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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Australia find themselves up against it at the MCG

James Anderson

Chris Barrett Australia have been dealt a dose of their own medicine.

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The year in cricket: 2013 in review

Agar

Chris Barrett The soap opera that was the Australian men's team. From the doghouse to the penthouse Michael Clarke's team had a rollercoaster ride like no other year.

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The fall and rise of Australia

Surprise packet: Ashton Agar after his stunning 98 at Trent Bridge in July.

Chris Barrett It's been a year of drama, ending in glory, for Michael Clarke's Ashes-winning team.

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England in shocking form, but batting practice was deemed a little hard

England players (from left) Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Chris Tremlett and Michael Carberry jump rope during team training at the SCG on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett England has snubbed an opportunity to iron out its problems ahead of Friday's fifth Test.

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Run-shy England skip batting practice before Ashes finale at SCG

England

Chris Barrett Their batting has been streets behind Australia and they've been terrorised by Mitchell Johnson this summer but England have snubbed an opportunity to try to iron out their problems before Friday's...

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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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Bob Simpson tells cricket selectors to forget about age

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu FORMER national coach Bob Simpson wants Australia's selectors to continue picking the team on merit rather than age, despite the lack of youth in the Test side.

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