Greg Baum

Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

Cricket

Stars in their own right

Greg Baum Meg Lanning's hero was Ricky Ponting. Her effortless straight drive for six en route to top score in the World Twenty20 final in Bangladesh on Sunday would have done Ponting proud.

Cricket

South African series showed how cricket gets tangled in its own red tape

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Greg Baum Australians seem not to have grasped how much their nasally catcalling grates.

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Cricket

Cake ritual sweetens delicious lulls

Greg Baum Australia this summer has had the rare pleasure to travel hopefully and to arrive companionably in a rapturous place.

Cricket

Old solution brings a new-found strength

Greg Baum What began as an exercise in benchmarking has become another triumph in its own right.

Cricket

Immovable Graeme Smith finally blocked out

Greg Baum Of Graeme Smith, this can be said more accurately than of any other contemporary cricketer: he took block.

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Warner's honesty deserves respect

Greg Baum If anything is disrespectful in cricket, it is the reconfiguring of the concept of respect.

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Cricket

It doesn't take much to go over the top

Greg Baum Sixes have become so commonplace that the hoisting of one no longer is a self-contained event in any cricket match.

Cricket

South African cricket has that empty feeling

Crowds flock to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, but it's a different story for Test cricket in South Africa.

Greg Baum There is no Test cricket sound at once so rousing and so depressing as the echo of bat on ball.

Tennis

As the temperature rises, the fans get more robust

Serena Williams

Greg Baum The heat may be intense but for most it's a case of it's January, it must be Melbourne.

Tennis

Nadal still rules, but Australian kid has room to grow

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Greg Baum The future looks bright for young Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Cricket

Chris Rogers' armguard breaks its silence

Greg Baum I'm like Chris, cherishing every moment. Considering most of my type end up in the bottom of a club kit bag, unloved and unwanted, I'm not complaining.

Tennis

Hard to love tennis in flaming shoes

Greg Baum Like those who live in bushfire zones, the Open must have a more proactive plan than to keep a sharp eye on the thermometer.

Tennis

The Fed machine rolls on without a hiccup

Roger Federer plays a forehand during his men's singles match against Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili on Saturday.

Greg Baum As a ball boy in Basle, Roger Federer once collected Stefan Edberg's autograph.

Tennis

Djokovic moves into quarter-finals with hardly a ripple

Looking back in happiness: Novak Djokovic has the beginnings of a smile on his face after a comprehensive fourth-round win over Fabio Fognini on Sunday.

Greg Baum Serb stands an even-money chance of winning Australian Open for fourth time in a row.

Tennis

Australian Open: Nishikori pushes Nadal all the way, but Spaniard prevails

Ever the gentleman, Rafael Nadal wishes Kei Nishikori well after defeating the Japanese contender in straight sets.

Greg Baum The least favour Kei Nishikori did for Rafael Nadal was to nudge him into second-week wakefulness.

Tennis

Australian Open: Tiny Slovak now the giant killer

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Greg Baum If there is a theme to this year's Open, it was articulated long ago by Henry Ford: 'History is bunk.'

Cricket

Haunting future just not cricket

Greg Baum The year is 2025 and the barely twitching body of Test cricket is proving a wonderful host organism for T20.

Tennis

Golden pair serves up another timeless exhibition

Rafael Nadal.

Greg Baum The plink of Federer's racquet told of exquisite timing, the crump from Nadal's told of furious top-spin. Initially, they were mutually neutralised.

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Tennis

Third time lucky for Li Na

Li Na

Greg Baum Chinese trailblazer has form as a shaky closer, but this time was out of sight of her opponent.

Tennis

Australian Open: Federer sets up semi against old foe Nadal

Roger Federer

Greg Baum Roger Federer turns in an exhibition of exquisite tennis to ease into the last four.