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Chris Barrett

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

Rookie's aggression impresses the right people on first tour

Nic Maddinson

Chris Barrett A young Australian's first trip to England more often than not included a couple of nights in a hostel, a loop or two of the London Eye and a few lagers. For

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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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Phil Hughes unlucky to miss tour of South Africa, says Michael Hussey

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Chris Barrett Michael Hussey has added his voice to those querying the snubbing of Phil Hughes for Australia's tour of South Africa, saying the left-hander had done everything asked of him by selectors.

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Sydney Sixers won't let Thunder's plight take eyes off prize

Sydney Sixers

Chris Barrett You could excuse the heavy hitters at NSW for feeling like parents about to watch two sons play in opposing teams.

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Faulkner, Marsh, Bird under cloud for South African tour

James Faulkner

Chris Barrett All-rounder James Faulkner is in danger of missing next month's Test tour of South Africa with a knee injury.

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Players call for Big Bash to be played in October

The Big Bash, with all its attendant hoopla, has proved to be a hit this season.

Chris Barrett Australia's players tell Cricket Australia about scheduling and impact of BBL on other competitions.

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Player push to move Big Bash to October to save Shield

Brett Lee and Jordan Silk of the Syndey Sixers during the Big Bash League match.

Chris Barrett Australia's players have tabled a recommendation to Cricket Australia that the Big Bash League to be played in October in future seasons.

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James Faulkner ruled out of South Africa tour

James Faulkner

Chloe Saltau and Chris Barrett In-form all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of Australia's tour to South Africa while batsman Shaun Marsh is in grave doubt with a calf strain.

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Michael Clarke looks past IPL to lighten his load

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Chris Barrett Michael Clarke is the latest Australian player to forgo a payday in the Indian Premier League, knocking back the opportunity to enter the upcoming auction to take a four-month break from cricket.

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Michael Clarke sits out IPL for rare long break

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Captain latest Australian player to forgo a payday in the Indian Premier League.

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Shaun Marsh's dodgy calf costs Australian squad one more player

With only a week until Australia's one and only pre-series warm-up match in Potchefstroom, time has not been on Shaun Marsh's side.

Chris Barrett Australia is all but resigned to losing a second player from its 15-man squad for South Africa.

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Simon Katich says the Big Bash has dragged on too long

Simon Katich

Chris Barrett Scorchers captain voices concerns of players about impact of T20 tournament on other competitions.

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

Shaun Marsh

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.

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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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Phil Hughes bounces back after replacing Shaun Marsh

Phillip Hughes

Chris Barrett Phil Hughes has departed for South Africa vowing ''it's not how you get knocked down, it's how you keep bouncing back up'' as he bids for another shot at Test cricket.

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Philosophical Phil Hughes up for Tests... again

Phil Hughes.

Chris Barrett Phil Hughes will land in Johannesburg remembering well his 2009 jaunt in South Africa.

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Phil Hughes gets the nod for Test recall

Phil Hughes

Chris Barrett Phil Hughes is off to South Africa after all, his Test career resurrected after Shaun Marsh was unable to recover from a calf strain in time to make his own return against the world No.1 Proteas.

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Ashes: George Bailey taps Australia's forgotten first drop

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06:  George Bailey of the Tigers looks on during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between the Queensland Bulls and the Tasmania Tigers at Allan Border Field on November 6, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett George Bailey has used the lead-up to his first Test to pick the brain of last year's Gabba debutant Rob Quiney about how to handle the occasion.

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Ashes 2013: Fielding guru brought back from wilderness for Australia

Mike Young.

Chris Barrett Down on the Mississippi River, on the eastern border of Iowa, they don't follow the time-honoured Anglo-Australian cricket rivalry too closely.

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Australia's fielding coach Mike Young comes out of left-field

Mike Young.

Chris Barrett Baseball player, coach and hunter Mike Young dropped his gun and answered the call of Australia's cricket team.