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Chris Barrett

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

Graeme Swann in shock retirement from cricket

Chris Barrett England spin bowler Graeme Swann has sensationally retired and will play no further part in the Ashes series, which resumes at the MCG on Boxing Day.

Cricket

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.

Ashes 2013: Steve Smith admits Australia will try to belt Graeme Swann out of the attack

Steve Smith

Chris Barrett Steve Smith has confirmed he intends to go after Graeme Swann in the first Ashes Test starting on Thursday, making little secret Australia believe they can expose a significant chink in the tourists'...

Cricket

Smith shows a ton of talent

Australia's Steve Smith celebrates reaching his century.

Chris Barrett For years it seems we've been hearing from Australian cricket's cognoscenti about just how extraordinary a talent Steven Smith is.

Perth

Watson's big bash, 71 off 41 balls

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett Shane Watson believes he has got his mojo back after a devastating fourth Test century.

Shane Watson regains his mojo with a bang as Australia go for the kill in third Ashes Test

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett Shane Watson believes he has got his mojo back after a devastating Test century at the WACA Ground on Monday in which he was given a licence to thrill.

Cricket

Smith shows he’s made of the right stuff

Steve Smith

Chris Barrett For years, it seems, we’ve been hearing from the game’s cognoscenti that Steven Smith is the future of Australian cricket.

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The Tonk

Fans in a blister as KP soaks up the rays

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu LYING poolside sans shirt, Kevin Pietersen is without a care in the world.

Cricket

Long Ashes campaign left England 'mentally fragile', says Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen.

Chris Barrett A candid Kevin Pietersen admits England have been mentally fragile this summer, worn down by the unprecedented pressure and time away from home demanded by back-to-back Ashes series.

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England in shocking form, but batting practice was deemed a little hard

England players (from left) Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Chris Tremlett and Michael Carberry jump rope during team training at the SCG on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett England has snubbed an opportunity to iron out its problems ahead of Friday's fifth Test.

Cricket

Run-shy England skip batting practice before Ashes finale at SCG

England

Chris Barrett Their batting has been streets behind Australia and they've been terrorised by Mitchell Johnson this summer but England have snubbed an opportunity to try to iron out their problems before Friday's...

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Cricket

Kevin Pietersen may walk off into retirement

Kevin Pietersen

Chris Barrett One retirement theory has already been debunked during the fifth Test, but could there be another high-profile exit on the cards after the Ashes finale in Sydney?

Cricket

Speculation rises over Kevin Pietersen's future

Kevin Pietersen

Chris Barrett One retirement theory has already been debunked during the fifth Test but could there be another high-profile exit on the cards after the Ashes finale in Sydney?

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Cricket

The Ashes: England player ratings

England's Alastair Cook holds on to the ball after catching out Australia's George Bailey for 1 run in their Ashes cricket test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Chris Barrett How the tourists fared by the numbers.

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Cricket

George Bailey admits Australia proud of turning England's tour into a disaster

George Bailey

Chris Barrett George Bailey admits that Australia take "a little bit of pride" in the fact that England's tour here has been so disastrous three of their players have returned home.

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Cricket

Australians all smiles over English departures

George Bailey

Chris Barrett Bailey admits taking 'a little bit of pride' in the fact that England's tour has been so disastrous.

Cricket

Alastair Cook to weigh up future as English captain after tour

Alastair Cook

Chris Barrett A deflated Alastair Cook has admitted for the first time he is considering his future as England captain.

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Cricket

James Faulkner ruled out of South Africa tour

James Faulkner

Chloe Saltau and Chris Barrett In-form all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of Australia's tour to South Africa while batsman Shaun Marsh is in grave doubt with a calf strain.

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Lehmann begins the mind games as England announce Ashes squad

Lehmann

Chris Barrett England have named a squad they hope can win them a fourth consecutive Ashes series but it was another verbal jibe from Australia's coach, Darren Lehmann, branding the old enemy as ''dour'', that...

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Lehmann gets a grip on batting chaos

Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehmann

Chris Barrett TIME has been a rare commodity for Darren Lehmann lately. Six months on the road will do that. Lehmann reckons he saw his family for ''about five days'' since he left for a coaching role at the...

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