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Chris Barrett

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

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Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke fined over abuse of James Anderson

Chris Barrett Australian captain Michael Clarke has been charged the by the International Cricket Council and fined a percentage of his match fee over the expletive-laden tirade at England tailender James Anderson...

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Sledging made me what I am, says James Anderson

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Michael Clarke of Australia and James Anderson of England exchange words during day four of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 24, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Ashes antagoniser says he regards sledging as a 'skill' that has played an important part in him becoming England's all-time leading international wicket-taker.

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Shane Watson belts brutal century as George Bailey sets record against James Anderson

Shane Watson of Australia.

Chris Barrett Shane Watson has slugged a brutal fourth Test century in Perth only to be dismissed in a farcical, schoolboy-like scene.

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James Anderson lacks sympathy for ailing Australia

England's James Anderson.

Chris Barrett Spurred by his memories of being whitewashed in Australia, England's James Anderson wants to exact the ultimate payback.

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Jimmy Anderson says sledging is a skill of the game

Copping it: Michael Clarke gives James Anderson a dose of his own medicine.

Chris Barrett Ashes antagoniser says sledging has played important part in his success.

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Contest will be tough not ugly, captains pledge

Listen here: Kevin Pietersen imparts some of his knowledge to England captain Alastair Cook at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett England captain Alastair Cook has forecast a continuation of the "tough cricket" that led to tensions boiling over at the Gabba, but admits it is the captains' responsibility to ensure the hostile...

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Ashes 2013: Pitched battle heats up as Australians close in for the kill

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Chris Barrett The Ashes opener at the Gabba boiled over at its climax and the tension between Australia and England has not abated as the hosts close on victory in the second Test, with Mitchell Johnson involved...

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A clash between Mitchell Johnson and Ben Stokes has upped Ashes ante

Australia's Mitchell Johnson (left) and England's Ben Stokes collide.

Chris Barrett Tension between Australia and England has not abated as hosts close in on victory in second Test.

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George Bailey lifts lid on pain of poor Poms during Ashes

George Bailey

Chris Barrett Relations between the two Ashes combatants have not been great this series but there is some sympathy for England's plight from the Australian with the closest view of the destruction wreaked by...

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Australia's George Bailey said it was 'not pretty' watching the England batsmen suffer

George Bailey takes evasive action at short-leg as Ben Stokes makes contact with intent.

Chris Barrett Relations between the two Ashes combatants have not been great in this series.

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Ashes 2013: Australia getting behind 'fighter' Clarke: Gilchrist

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Chris Barrett Adam Gilchrist believes the Australian public are finally looking beyond the flashy cars and clothes and accepting Michael Clarke as a "fighter" as the captain prepares for the 100th Test against...

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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.

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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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Wait for it: DRS makes its Ashes debut

David Warner has words with Joe Root who was given out after a review.

Chris Barrett A decision review system controversy has finally arrived to leave its mark on the Ashes.

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Joe Root bemused as DRS raises its head in third Ashes Test

Joe Root

Chris Barrett It has taken until nearly the halfway point of the series but a Decision Review System controversy has finally arrived to leave a mark on the Ashes.

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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.

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Australia's Ashes win: Celebrations begin in earnest after Lyon strikes up victory song

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17:  David Warner and Nathan Lyon of Australia celebrate victory during day five of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 17, 2013 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett ''We've got 'em back!'' With those words from the lion-hearted Ryan Harris, Australia began celebrating the end of more than four years of subjugation at the hands of England.

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Turning the pig on the spit slowly

Peter Siddle celebrates after taking the wicket of Ian Bell.

Chris Barrett The third Test is panning out to an inevitable, if slightly drawn-out, win for Australia.

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.

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Ashes are coming home

Party time: Australia's cricketers were planning a long party in Perth on Tuesday night after regaining the Ashes.

Chris Barrett More than four years of subjugation at the hands of England comes to a crushing and jubilant end.

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