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Chris Barrett

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

Cricket

Shaun Marsh's dodgy calf costs Australian squad one more player

Chris Barrett Australia is all but resigned to losing a second player from its 15-man squad for South Africa.

Cricket

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

Shaun Marsh

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.

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Punter would 'never say never' to Ashes comeback

FILE - NOVEMBER 29: Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from International cricket at a press conference in Perth ahead of tomorrow's test match against South Africa. The former captain is considered one of Australia's greatest cricketers, amassing a remarkable set of statistics, including most test victories as captain, most runs by an Australian, most centuries by an Australian, and most consecutive test victories by a captain. Ponting will play in the third test against South Africa beginning tomorrow. PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18:  Ricky Ponting captain of Australiaposes with a replica Ashes Urn in the changing rooms after day five of the third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the WACA on December 18, 2006 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Last summer it was Shane Warne, dishing out the tantalising suggestion of a full international comeback.

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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...

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.

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.

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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.

Cricket

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.

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.

Duminy out for series

Duminy

Chloe Saltau and Chris Barrett, Brisbane South Africa suffers bitter blow with batsman J.P. Duminy ruled out for the series and beyond with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

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.

Cricket

Hilfenhaus happy to serve it up to Proteas

Ben Hilfenhaus.

Chris Barrett Ben Hilfenhaus played with fire by bouncing South Africa's fearsome fast bowler Dale Steyn on Sunday.

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Steyn feels pain as Hilfenhaus chances his arm at bodyline

Dale Steyn

Chris Barrett BEN HILFENHAUS played with fire by bouncing South Africa's fearsome fast bowler Dale Steyn on Sunday, saying afterwards: ''We may as well get in first.''

One-man wrecking crew is just full of precious mettle

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett BEFORE scaffolding, slabs of concrete and cranes, a masterly Michael Clarke has led an extraordinary demolition job for Australia to bludgeon the second Test - and the quest for the world No.

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Bowled Warner: slugger turns tweaker

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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.

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Clarke the key to victory

Australia's captain Michael Clarke celebrates making 200 runs against South Africa during their cricket test match in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. The three-game series is even with a draw from the first test. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Chris Barrett Yet again it has come down to Michael Clarke. Time and again the world's most prolific scorer of runs right now has been called upon to lead from the front, in this instance to seal a victory against...

Bright day turns dark

Michael Clarke

Chris Barrett Once again, Michael Clarke has been called upon to personally lead from the front,

Cricket

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.