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Chris Barrett

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

Cricket

Bell Durham: Blame John Inverarity for Englishman's trio of Ashes tons

England's Ian Bell

Chris Barrett John Inverarity has shouldered some of the blame for Australia's ills this year and the finger can be pointed at him for another major problem for the tourists in England - the prolific run scoring...

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Alex Doolan misses CA contract as Johnson, Warner and Haddin the big winners

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Alex Doolan looks on during an Australian nets session at Centurion Park on February 10, 2014 in Centurion, South Africa.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Australian selectors have given an indication of their top-order intentions by including Shaun Marsh and Phillip Hughes in a compressed 18-man central contract list but excluding incumbent No.

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Michael Clarke's withdrawal as selector led to team success, says Rod Marsh

Rod Marsh, Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke during the Ashes in England last year.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke's standing down as a Test selector was a key turning point in Australia's stunning return to the top of the world rankings, according to new chairman of selectors Rod Marsh.

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It's just not cricket: Richie Benaud may have to sit out rest of the series

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Chris Barrett, Jesse Hogan, Andrew Wu Viewers eager for the return of Channel Nine commentary doyen Richie Benaud for the tail end of the Ashes series may have to brace themselves for disappointment.

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Elder statesman a handy cricketer in his time - and mind

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Chris Barrett and Jesse Hogan Bob Hawke might be 84 but you get the impression he would still fancy himself with a pair of wicketkeeping gloves.

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Bob Simpson tells cricket selectors to forget about age

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Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu FORMER national coach Bob Simpson wants Australia's selectors to continue picking the team on merit rather than age, despite the lack of youth in the Test side.

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Sydney Thunder have a song, now they need a victory

Chris Barrett and Andrew Wu They can't make the Big Bash League finals – in fact they're guaranteed the wooden spoon again – but Sydney Thunder have at least one good reason to upset cross-town rivals the Sixers...

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Phil Hughes unlucky to miss tour of South Africa, says Michael Hussey

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Chris Barrett Michael Hussey has added his voice to those querying the snubbing of Phil Hughes for Australia's tour of South Africa, saying the left-hander had done everything asked of him by selectors.

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The Tonk: Bob Hawke keeps talking a good game

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Chris Barrett, Jesse Hogan Bob Hawke might be 84 but you get the impression he would still fancy himself with a pair of wicketkeeping gloves, even if Mitchell Johnson was steaming in from the other end.

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Spinner Fawad Ahmed set to debut for Australia

Fawad Ahmed.

Chris Barrett Fawad Ahmed is set to make his much-anticipated debut for Australia within weeks and is in contention for the return Ashes series at home this summer, according to national selector John Inverarity.

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With a weight of first class runs behind him, Maddinson earns national call

Nic Maddinson

Chris Barrett Nic Maddinson was on the golf course last week when John Inverarity, the national selector, rang to tell him he had been picked for Australia.

Warner ducks into another inquiry

David Warner

Chris Barrett No matter what trouble David Warner has managed to land himself in, his talent has always been his trump card.

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Troubled Warner has net return of zero in the middle

David Warner is bowled by Scott Boland of the Bushrangers at Bankstown Oval on Monday.

Chris Barrett When David Warner has been in trouble, his talent has always been his trump card.

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Shane Watson in doubt after leg injury sours tour

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett Shane Watson touches down at Sydney International Airport first thing on Monday morning facing a race against time to recover from a hamstring injury for the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in 17 days'...

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Watson's hamstring woes cause a headache for selectors

Shane Watson.

Chris Barrett Shane Watson faces race against time to recover in time for first Ashes Test.

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Ashes 2013: Doug Bollinger on ice for possible Test comeback

Australian captain Ricky Ponting (L) talks to paceman Doug Bollinger (R), who is pushing for a position in the Australian team after fellow paceman Mitchell Johnson was dropped from the team during the final training session for the second Ashes cricket Test match against England in Adelaide on December 2, 2010.  Mitchell Johnson, who is Australia's leading active wicket-taker with 166 wickets in 39 Tests, was left out of the squad with a decision on a final eleven to be made December 3.    IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE ? STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE  AFP PHOTO/William WEST

Chris Barrett National priorities have prevailed in an arm wrestle for the services of Doug Bollinger with the resurgent left-armer to be rested from next week's Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia.

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George Bailey relishes his Ashes Test call-up for Australia

George Bailey

Chris Barrett He is intelligent, articulate and the ultimate team man, but mature-age Test debutant George Bailey is banking on more than his nice-guy image in the Ashes.

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George Bailey knows Ashes runs matter most

George Bailey.

Chris Barrett Mature-age Test debutant George Bailey is banking on more than his nice-guy image in the Ashes.

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Ashes 2013: Australia considers all-pace attack for first Test

Peter Siddle.

Chris Barrett Australia is seriously considering fielding four fast bowlers in first Test against England if all-rounder Shane Watson is deemed unfit to bowl.

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Ashes: George Bailey taps Australia's forgotten first drop

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06:  George Bailey of the Tigers looks on during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between the Queensland Bulls and the Tasmania Tigers at Allan Border Field on November 6, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett George Bailey has used the lead-up to his first Test to pick the brain of last year's Gabba debutant Rob Quiney about how to handle the occasion.

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