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Chris Barrett

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


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.


Khawaja ponders beer debate

New look: Usman Khawaja puts his Thunder shirt over the beer logo.

Chris Barrett Usman Khawaja admits he has weighed up not wearing the VB logo.


Usman Khawaja considers stance on alcohol sponsors

Usman Khawaja

Chris Barrett When Fawad Ahmed sported an unbranded Australian shirt in England last month, Usman Khawaja was watching on with interest.

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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...


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.

Lyon set for Proteas batting onslaught

Nathan Lyon gives it a tweak in the nets at the Gabba.

Chris Barrett Nathan Lyon fully expects South Africa's cavalcade of top batsmen to attack him.


Tips in leaked dossier 'common knowledge', says Clarke

Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Australia captain Michael Clarke has described as "common knowledge" the details of the tip sheet on South Africa's players released on the eve of the first Test at the Gabba.


Pup tears up tip sheet and tells quicks to rip in

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett DOSSIER or no dossier, Australia's hungry fast bowlers have been given licence to bombard South Africa with bouncers in an effort to get under the thick skins of the world No.

Clarke plans to bounce out tourists

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Australia's hungry fast bowlers given licence to bombard South Africa with bouncers.

Bewildered fans forced to work by Grandstand disaster

The Tonk

Chris Barrett THERE was consternation aplenty on Friday as eager listeners panicked at their inability to receive that summer institution - the ABC Radio cricket commentary - on their mobile phones.

Steadfast Amla looks on top of the world

Jacques Kallis

Chris Barrett AS THE light faded on a gloomy afternoon in Brisbane, Hashim Amla quietly crept towards a milestone that will confirm him, if there is any existing doubt, as the world's best batsman right now.

Amla, the quiet assassin

South Africa's Hashim Amla

Chris Barrett Hashim Amla quietly creeps towards a milestone that will confirm him as world's best batsman.

No excuses for no-balls, says Donald

Vernon Philander

Chloe Saltau, Chris Barrett SOUTH AFRICA'S all-conquering pace arsenal fired blanks on the fourth day of the Brisbane Test, undermined by a flat pitch, ill-discipline and Australia's dominant batting.


Captain's knock sets up chance of miracle win

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett, Brisbane Michael Clarke has picked up where he left off in front of local audiences, this time saving a match and, remarkably, giving Australia the faintest hope of a win that seemed impossible 24 hours...

Uncertainty over Watson

The Tonk logo

Chris Barrett Injured all-rounder could make surprise return from a calf strain in an unexpected setting.


Hosts talk themselves into box seat

James Pattinson

Chris Barrett THE outcome was a placid draw, but the way we arrived there was anything but peaceful.

One wayward little bird sends tensions flying

James Pattinson and Peter Siddle.

Chris Barrett The outcome was a placid draw, but the contents were anything but peaceful.


Bowled Warner: slugger turns tweaker


Chris Barrett THE blond hair, the zinc cream, the pre-slimming physique and even the delivery stride are strangely reminiscent of the greatest leg-spinner to tread this turf or any other.


Stage is set for Lyon to complete his rise to the top

Nathan Lyon

Chris Barrett WHEN Nathan Lyon boarded a flight to Colombo via Singapore in August of last year he was a virtual nobody.


Victory in sight for Aussies in second Test


Chris Barrett, Adelaide When Nathan Lyon boarded a flight to Colombo via Singapore in late August 2011 he was a virtual unknown.