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Chris Barrett

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

Ashes 2013: Talk of Aussie whitewash begins to hold serious water

Chris Barrett Glenn McGrath's perennial prediction of an Ashes whitewash is all of a sudden holding water.

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Clarke plays down talk of whitewash

Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Glenn McGrath's prediction of Ashes whitewash suddenly holding water.

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Ashes 2013: Mitchell Johnson wants same XI for Perth Test

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 09:  (EDITORS NOTE: THIS IMAGE WAS CREATED WITH DIGITAL FILTERS)  Mitchell Johnson of Australia after winning the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 9, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Don't change a thing. That is the message from Ashes destroyer Mitchell Johnson as Australia prepare to field the same line-up in three consecutive Tests for the first time in seven years.

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Ashes 2013: Another ton for Michael Clarke, but urn is main focus

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett There is something about Perth, and not just the searing heat nor time difference. A year ago it was the site of Ricky Ponting's retirement bombshell, and subsequently his final Test.

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Michael Clarke set to mark 100th Test in Perth

Australia captain Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett There is something about Perth, and not just the searing heat and time difference.

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Rumours of Brad Haddin retirement hosed down

Brad Haddin.

Chris Barrett As rumours tend to, it started as a whisper and before long became the talk of the town.

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Hard work gives Bird another shot at Ashes

HOVE, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  Jackson Bird of Australia makes his way back to his mark during the tour match between Sussex and Australia at County Ground on July 27, 2013 in Hove, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Flown home from India in March with stress fractures in his back, Jackson Bird thought the Ashes series would be a write-off for him.

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Johnson key to Australia's Ashes hopes, says McGrath

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Chris Barrett Glenn McGrath has anointed Mitchell Johnson as key to Australia's Ashes chances this summer, adamant that the rejuvenated left-armer must feature in the first Test against England.

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McGrath backs Johnson for Ashes

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Former paceman adamant that rejuvenated left-armer must feature in first Test.

Ashes 2013: Brad Haddin happy not to be facing Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett A fearsome Mitchell Johnson was bowling as fast as 155km/h at the Gabba, veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says.

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I could face Johnson, says lippy Piers Morgan

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau, Andrew Wu England's batsmen have had all sorts of drama facing Mitchell Johnson but one of their cocky countrymen reckons he'd be up to the task.

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Clarke plays down talk of whitewash

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke may not be publicly entertaining the thought of a 5-0 defeat, but Glenn McGrath's prediction of an Ashes whitewash is all of a sudden holding water.

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Cummins halted by sore back

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 9:  Patrick Cummins poses during the official Australian Test cricket team headshots session on August 9, 2012 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett, Daniel Lane Patrick Cummins admitted on Wednesday night that his immediate playing future was ''up in the air'' after he was sent to have scans on a possible back injury that may threaten to, yet again, sideline...

Injury curse strikes Cummins again

Pat Cummins winds up for delivery during the Champions League final in Johannesburg.

Chris Barrett and Daniel Lane Young paceman admits his immediate playing future is ''up in the air''.

Ok, here's the dope: dressing room clash could be on the cards following teammate's dob job

The Tonk

ANDREW WU and CHRIS BARRETT When South Africa last toured Australia, Simon Katich and Michael Clarke starred in one of Australian sport's most famous, or infamous, bust-ups.

An act of God and officials were ready

Dinkus for the Tonk.

Chris Barrett Queensland Cricket officials happy they bought ground insurance for first three days of Test.

Weather insurance pays off as Gabba loses first day since '83

The Tonk

Chris Barrett The Tonk Queensland Cricket are thanking their lucky stars they made the prescient decision to buy ground insurance for the first three days of the first Test.

Lillee says maturing Johnson can play key role at Ashes

Chris Barrett Dennis Lillee says Mitchell Johnson can be a vital cog in Australia's Ashes machine next year, having steered him back to Test cricket following a year on the outer.

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Bird prepared to fly if given clearance for MCG take-off

Jackson Bird

Chris Barrett WHEN Jackson Bird told Andrew Fraser he was packing his bags and moving from the northern beaches to the apple isle, the Manly-Warringah president made a frantic phone call to Cricket NSW...

The early Bird

Jackson Bird

Chris Barrett Jackson Bird employs a straightforward method of attack: letting others go hammer and tong.