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Chris Barrett

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

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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Ashes 2013: Mitchell Johnson closes on bowling greats for damage done to old enemy

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson is threatening to cap his exhilarating international comeback by joining one of the Ashes' most exclusive clubs.

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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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Ashes: Mitchell Johnson doesn't plan to change a thing in 2014

Happy man: Mitchell Johnson has taken 31 wickets in the Ashes series so far.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson doesn't deal in New Year's resolutions.

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Ashes 2014: No new year's resolutions for Mitchell Johnson, well maybe just one

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson doesn't deal in new year's resolutions. And when you've been travelling as well as the reborn Australian fast bowler over the past few months, why bother changing a thing?

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Mitchell Johnson would have broken my Ashes record, says Rodney Hogg

Alastair Cook bowled out for 7 runs by Mitchell Johnson in the 
Second innings Australia batting on Day two, Australia vs England in the fifth test ashes series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Photography Brendan Esposito
smh,5th January,2014

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson would have sailed past the Australian mark for wickets in a home Ashes series if he had another Test up his sleeve, admits the record-holder Rodney Hogg.

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Ashes 2013: Mitchell Johnson wants same XI for Perth Test

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 09:  (EDITORS NOTE: THIS IMAGE WAS CREATED WITH DIGITAL FILTERS)  Mitchell Johnson of Australia after winning the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 9, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Don't change a thing. That is the message from Ashes destroyer Mitchell Johnson as Australia prepare to field the same line-up in three consecutive Tests for the first time in seven years.

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Mitchell Johnson turns to war hero for help toughening up

The Tonk

Andrew Wu, Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau Australian war hero Ben Roberts-Smith has emerged as a key man behind Mitchell Johnson’s rise from the international wilderness.

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Ashes 2013: Mitchell Johnson welcomes England plan to come out swinging

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson has welcomed England's intention to try and hit their way out of their funk against him with a simple message: ''Go ahead.''

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Mitchell Johnson: Barmy Army Ashes taunts won't faze me

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18:  Mitchell Johnson of Australia poses during an Australian Test Player Portrait Session on November 18, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett The best defence is attack, even when it comes to the booze-fuelled taunts of the Barmy Army. That is the plan for Mitchell Johnson, the perennial target of the touring English crowds, who once again...

Mitchell Johnson welcomes England's plan to attack him

Mitchell Johnson speaks to the media in Perth on Wednesday.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson welcomes England's intention to try to hit its way out of its funk against him.

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Mitchell Johnson composes his own chin music theme

Mitchell Johnson.

Chris Barrett The best defence is attack, even when it comes to the taunts of the Barmy Army. That is the plan for Mitchell Johnson, the perennial target of the touring English crowds.

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Fired-up Mitchell Johnson mows down England at Gabba

Mitchell Johnson celebrates dismissing Jonathan Trott

Chris Barrett A moustache can do wonders for a big, bad Australian fast bowler it seems.

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England flails at a Mitchell Johnson short and anything but sweet

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Little wonder that Johnson was named man of the match in Australia's emphatic win in this first Ashes Test.

Ashes 2013: Brad Haddin happy not to be facing Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett A fearsome Mitchell Johnson was bowling as fast as 155km/h at the Gabba, veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says.

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Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson reached 155km/h, says Haddin

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett A fearsome Mitchell Johnson was bowling as fast as 155km/h at the Gabba, believes veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

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Ricky Ponting says Mitchell Johnson's new dawn kicked off during IPL

Mitchell Johnson

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson's blistering start to the Ashes summer had its foundations in the Indian Premier League back in April, Ricky Ponting says.

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Ricky Ponting says Mitchell Johnson found his mojo in India

Mitchell Johnson of Australia takes a catch to dismiss James Anderson.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Johnson's blistering start to the Ashes had its foundations in the IPL, according to Ricky Ponting.

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Brad Haddin: Facing Mitchell Johnson is the hardest part of my week

Brad Haddin

Chris Barrett Johnson's 152km/h bullet tore into Cook's off stump during a frighteningly quick opening from the Australian fast bowler late on Friday.

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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.