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

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Long Ashes campaign left England 'mentally fragile', says Kevin Pietersen

Chris Barrett A candid Kevin Pietersen admits England have been mentally fragile this summer, worn down by the unprecedented pressure and time away from home demanded by back-to-back Ashes series.

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Mitchell Johnson makes no apologies for his run-in with Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen and Mitchell Johnson have a chat after Pitersen backed away from one of Johnson's deliveries.

Chris Barrett Paceman stands by his angry reaction to England batsman on third day.

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Kevin Pietersen may walk off into retirement

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Chris Barrett One retirement theory has already been debunked during the fifth Test, but could there be another high-profile exit on the cards after the Ashes finale in Sydney?

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Speculation rises over Kevin Pietersen's future

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Chris Barrett One retirement theory has already been debunked during the fifth Test but could there be another high-profile exit on the cards after the Ashes finale in Sydney?

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Kevin Pietersen was braced to miss both Ashes series with knee injury

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Chris Barrett A thorn in Australia's side for much of Saturday, Kevin Pietersen has revealed he nearly missed both Ashes series this year after contemplating having knee surgery that would have sidelined him for...

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Ashes 2013: Slanging match between Michael Clarke and Kevin Pietersen fires up Test grind

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Chris Barrett A feisty verbal altercation between Michael Clarke and Kevin Pietersen has provided brief respite from a stubborn England bid to kill off Australia's chances of a consolation win in the fifth Test at...

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Kevin Pietersen says he is neither arrogant nor unpopular

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Chris Barrett England's Kevin Pietersen has rejected suggestions he is arrogant or unpopular with his teammates, saying he had learned a great deal from last year's text message scandal.

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Ashes cricket: Wind and tempers rise as Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen face off

Chris Barrett A wandering toddler has led to tempers rising, along with the wind, in a twisting and turning Boxing Day Test.

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Super sub Chris Sabburg grabs moment of glory to dismiss England's Kevin Pietersen

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Chris Barrett In the grand tradition of substitute fieldsmen, Brisbane's Chris Sabburg was thrilled to spoil Kevin Pietersen's 100th Test.

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Jacques Kallis to play with Sydney Thunder in BBL

Thunder signing: Jacques Kallis will play in the Big Bash League next season.

Chris Barrett Sydney Thunder have landed a huge coup by signing one of cricket's greatest all-rounders Jacques Kallis for the next two seasons of the Twenty20 Big Bash League.

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Michael Clarke sits out IPL for rare long break

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Chris Barrett Captain latest Australian player to forgo a payday in the Indian Premier League.

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Ashes 2013: Another ton for Michael Clarke, but urn is main focus

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Chris Barrett There is something about Perth, and not just the searing heat nor time difference. A year ago it was the site of Ricky Ponting's retirement bombshell, and subsequently his final Test.

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Fans in a blister as KP soaks up the rays

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Chris Barrett, Andrew Wu LYING poolside sans shirt, Kevin Pietersen is without a care in the world.

Mitchell Johnson gets WACA Ground jumping after sending Pietersen packing

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Chris Barrett It was the wonder catch that may just return the Ashes to Australia and who else to take it than Mitchell Johnson.

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Johnson makes a grab for Ashes

Peter Siddle claims Kevin Pietersen's wicket for the 10th time.

Chris Barrett It was the wonder catch that may just return the Ashes to Australia.

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England in shocking form, but batting practice was deemed a little hard

England players (from left) Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Chris Tremlett and Michael Carberry jump rope during team training at the SCG on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett England has snubbed an opportunity to iron out its problems ahead of Friday's fifth Test.

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Why winning Tests abroad is the next frontier of modern game

India's batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, right, leaves the crease as South Africa's captain Graeme Smith, center facing camera, celebrates with his teammates after he was bowled for 32 runs on the firth and final day of their cricket test match at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/ Themba Hadebe)

Chris Barrett The Ashes were presumably the furthest thing from the minds of David Byrne and co when Talking Heads released Road to Nowhere a few decades back.

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Road trips a killer for touring Test cricket teams

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Chris Barrett The last calendar year was a graveyard for touring nations, spelling out just how challenging Australia's next assignment promises to be.

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Run-shy England skip batting practice before Ashes finale at SCG

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Chris Barrett Their batting has been streets behind Australia and they've been terrorised by Mitchell Johnson this summer but England have snubbed an opportunity to try to iron out their problems before Friday's...

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Siddle has Pietersen worried, says bowling coach

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14:  Peter Siddle of Australia celebrates dismissing Kevin Pietersen of England during day two of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 14, 2013 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Peter Siddle's dominance over Kevin Pietersen is playing on the mind of England's rock star batsman, says Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott.

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