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Chris Barrett

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


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.


Botha's tweaking the turning point for Lyon

Nathan Lyon

Chris Barrett INSIDE the Australian camp they are calling it his ''doosra''. The back-spinning alternative delivery that Nathan Lyon unveiled with success in Brisbane nine days ago is yet to receive an official...

Jeff's what the doctor ordered on a docile pitch, but name behind Lyon's new doosra remains an enigma

The Tonk

Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu MYSTERY surrounds the origins of the name behind Nathan Lyon's new alternative, back-spinning delivery.


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.


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,


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.


Siddle and Hilfenhaus rotated out for Perth

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23:  Ben Hilfenhaus of Australia prepares the ball for team mate Peter Siddle during day two of the Second Test match between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval on November 23, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke likely to put his faith in two debutants to win back the world No.1 ranking.

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Rotation policy puts pace stalwarts on ice

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett AUSTRALIA'S much-discussed fast bowling rotation policy has finally sprung into action, with Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus rested for the deciding Test against South Africa, despite the world No.


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.