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Chris Barrett

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

Cricket

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

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.

Cricket

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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THE TONK

England claim victory in battle for Robson

The Tonk

Chloe Saltau, Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu IN BRISBANE'S inner north, close enough to the Ashes action at the Gabba to be a tease to Australia's selectors, Sydney-born batsman Sam Robson is training with the England performance squad that...

This time it's personal for Arthur as Proteas loom

Mickey Arthur

Chris Barrett AUSTRALIA coach Mickey Arthur admits there is an unescapable personal element to the Test series against the nation he once led to the summit of world cricket, saying provocatively: ''I really would...

Cricket

Arthur's incentive a little personal

Mickey Arthur

Chris Barrett 'I really would love to get one over South Africa' says Australia coach Mickey Arthur.

Great expectations for Philander

South Africa's Vernon Philander.

Chris Barrett Vernon Philander is a relative newcomer to the South African set-up, but with fellow fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, he has more than held his own among the world's elite in his short...

Cricket

Danger duo out to halt Australia's resurgence

Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu IT WAS almost as if they scripted it. More than half the South African touring party had come through the arrivals section at Sydney International Airport in dribs and drabs, making their way past...

Cricket

Proteas ready to rumble

Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn

Chris Barrett, Sydney The all-conquering South Africans have arrived in Sydney ahead of the much anticipated three-Test series against Australia quietly confident but without their customary swagger.

Wade will take over the gloves from Haddin

Brad Haddin

Chris Barrett THE worst-kept secret in Australian cricket is set to be confirmed today with the anticipated selection of Matthew Wade for the first Test against South Africa likely to effectively end Brad Haddin's...

Numbers against Hussey in battle against Proteas

Michael Hussey

Chris Barrett THE desire of Michael Hussey to play on until next year's Ashes double header faces stiff examination in the next month, with alarming statistics revealing he averages less than 10 against South...

Cricket

Proteas' weapon primed

Chris Barrett Vernon Philander is not very tall, but it is coming out of the hand that counts.

'Humble businessman' Philander a vital cog in Proteas' pace machine

Vernon Darryl Philander

Chris Barrett VERNON PHILANDER was whacked on his bowling shoulder in the SCG nets yesterday, applying an ice pack to the wound for the remainder of South Africa's first Australian training session.

Cricket

Fast learner now master of bowling

Dale Steyn speaks to the media at the SCG on Thursday.

Chris Barrett Dale Steyn doesn't look like a killer, but to batsmen he could very well resemble one.

Chilled off the field, Steyn promises to bring some heat

Dale Willem Steyn

Chris Barrett ''Where else in the world do you get the opportunity to basically kill someone with two bouncers an over? Or try, legally?'' With that rhetorical question the world's leading fast bowler announced...

Cricket

Quiney’s Test debut looms after battle with Proteas

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Chris Barrett VICTORIA’S Rob Quiney is set for a Test debut against South Africa on Friday after being called into the Australia squad as cover for the injured Shane Watson.

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Cricket

Arthur caught in slips by Steyn

Dale Steyn

Chris Barrett, Brisbane The words slipped out of Australian coach Mickey Arthur's lips before he had realised.

Cricket

Bring it on, Warner tells South Africa trio

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06:  David Warner bats during an Australian nets session at The Gabba on November 6, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Test opener David Warner has brazenly issued a challenge to South Africa's much-feted fast bowling trio, inviting them to take him on verbally as well as with the ball in Friday's first Test at the...

Tell Steyn to bring it on, says Warner

Australian opener David Warner

Chris Barrett TEST opener David Warner has brazenly issued a challenge to South Africa's much-feted fast bowling trio, inviting them to take him on verbally as well as with the ball in Friday's first Test at the...

Take me on, Warner dares Proteas

Australian opener David Warner.

Chris Barrett Test opener brazenly issues a challenge to South Africa's much-feted fast bowling trio.

Cricket

McDermott sets hot pace

Craig McDermott.

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