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Chris Barrett

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

James Pattinson welcomes Craig McDermott back as Test squad's bowling guru

Chris Barrett James Pattinson says Craig McDermott has a great mentality for fast bowling.

Craig McDermott revitalises Australia's attack and wickets tumble

Mitchell Johnson is mobbed after dismissing Joe Root.

Chris Barrett A lunch-time spray from Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott inspired Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris to lead the carve-up of England in Friday's extraordinary middle session on day two of the...

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George Bailey lifts lid on pain of poor Poms during Ashes

George Bailey

Chris Barrett Relations between the two Ashes combatants have not been great this series but there is some sympathy for England's plight from the Australian with the closest view of the destruction wreaked by...

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Lehmann's even hand puts baggy green on track

Darren Lehmann

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

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Australia's George Bailey said it was 'not pretty' watching the England batsmen suffer

George Bailey takes evasive action at short-leg as Ben Stokes makes contact with intent.

Chris Barrett Relations between the two Ashes combatants have not been great in this series.

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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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Siddle has Pietersen worried, says bowling coach

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14:  Peter Siddle of Australia celebrates dismissing Kevin Pietersen of England during day two of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 14, 2013 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Peter Siddle's dominance over Kevin Pietersen is playing on the mind of England's rock star batsman, says Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott.

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Ashes victory: Australia no longer the punchline thanks to Boof's gags

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17:  Darren Lehmann, coach of Australia, and Michael Clarke of Australia celebrate victory in the change rooms during day five of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 17, 2013 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett A contrasting mix of hardness and humour is behind the dramatic transformation of the Australian team under Darren Lehmann.

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Pattinson praises return of master McDermott as he eyes Ashes return

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23:  James Pattinson of Australia celebrates the wicket of Graeme Smith of South Africa only to have the decision over-turned after it was referred to the third umpire during day two of the Second Test match between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval on November 23, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) ashes

Chris Barrett Two years ago James Pattinson burst on the international scene, leaving firstly New Zealand then India's star-studded batting line-up in his wake as he announced himself as the country's most...

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Snicko, Hot Spot set to rise for Ashes

Snickometer

Chris Barrett Cricket's latest technology gizmo could make a late entry to the game's decision review system.

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Steve Smith says Australia's batsmen will target Graeme Swann

Steven Smith

Chris Barrett Steve Smith has confirmed that he intends to go after Graeme Swann in the first Ashes Test.

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Handstands on the pitch in a suit not a good look

The Tonk

Chris Barrett and Chloe Saltau Mitchell Johnson and Australia aren't the only ones doing handstands in Adelaide. Cricket Australia has had to remind its deep-pocketed corporate guests of the standards of etiquette required when...

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No need for rotations, bowling coach says

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Chris Barrett Clearly Ali de Winter, Australia's fast bowling coach, did not get the memo. A week after the national selector John Inverarity declared that ''rotation is reality'', foreshadowing the phasing in and...

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McDermott sets hot pace

Craig McDermott.

Chris Barrett Craig McDermott cuts formal ties with Cricket Australia and opens his own travelling fast-bowling school.

A little less pace in Australian pacemen

Dinkus for the Tonk.

Chris Barrett Australia's arsenal of fast bowlers has not fired as expected in Brisbane, and the numbers indicate it is nowhere near as quick as anticipated either.

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McDermott warms to an Ashes return

Craig McDermott

Chris Barrett The architect of Australia's world-class band of fast bowlers wants to get back.