Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cricket

Australia again a big fish, but where is the pond?

Greg Baum Question: what is the difference between the International Cricket Council and the King Island Football Association?

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.

Tennis

Wawrinka upsets Nadal to win first grand slam

Nadal

Greg Baum Unfancied Swiss wins Australian Open men's singles title with a dramatic upset victory over wounded world No.1.

Cricket

It doesn't take much to go over the top

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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.

Warner's honesty deserves respect

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

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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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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

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

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

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

When Michael Clarke fires, Australia can win

Michael Clarke

Greg Baum The record shows Australia's Test captain is as mighty as Moses.

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Cricket

Seeing is believing... just

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Greg Baum It doesn't get any rosier for Australians than an Ashes series walkover.

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Tennis

They could have been mother and daughter: Bencic v Date-Krumm

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland clasps hands with Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan at the net after defeating her in their women's singles match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday.

Greg Baum It was a pairing of extremes: the oldest against the youngest.

Tennis

Federer has at least one more major in him, says Edberg

Roger Federer speaks to coach Stefan Edberg during a practice session.

Greg Baum Swiss still motivated to win on big occasions, says man who will be in his corner.

Tennis

Roger Federer as smooth as ever in downing James Duckworth

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Greg Baum Australian James Duckworth finds out that Roger Federer is still very much on his game.